We all know that avocado is perfect for toast and sushi, but it’s also good for your hair. The fruit is beneficial to your skin and hair for much of the same reasons. In this article, you will learn how to make avocado hair masks at home.
Benefits of Avocado Hair Mask
Avocados are highly humidifying and nourishing since they contain natural oils, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Although these oils can help dry and dehydrated hairs.
The fruit is also rich in vitamins, capable of nourishing the scalp and making the hair healthy, bright and hydrated. You may have learned that biotin is helping to grow hairs and nails. This is true in humans who have a rare biotin deficiency.
Avocado is a substantial source of biotin, and adding it to diet can help hair grow healthier. A 2015 study found that avocado minerals, including potassium and magnesium, can seal cuticle cells, which can make the hair look shiny and strong (1).
Although there have not been several clinical studies on the effects of avocado on hair, it has been shown that vegetable oil helps protect hair from damage, and fatty acids have been found to reduce oil and improve overall quality of hair.
Avocado Hair Mask Recipes
The avocado masks are easy to make at home, and you might already have all the ingredients in your kitchen that you need.
Avocado, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Lemon juice.
Mash the avocado and mix the lemon juice and olive oil. They will look like soupy guacamole. Apply the mask to your hairs from root to tip. Lemon is antifungal and has the potential to help reduce oil and dandruff. But if it is not rinsed properly, it may temporarily bleach the hair. The olive oil’s emollient properties help soften the hair.
Avocado and Coconut Oil
- 1 avocado
- 2–3 tbsp. Coconut oil.
Use a fork to mash one whole avocado in a bowl. Mix 3 tbsp of coconut oil. Coconut oil has been shown to be readily absorbed into hair and to protect the strands from damage from outside. If you want more of a liquid mask, you can add more coconut oil. Apply starting from the hair tips and then work your way to the scalp.
Aloe Vera and Avocado
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsps. of aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
Blend the three ingredients, adding extra coconut oil if you have very long or thick hair. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the skin, and both the aloe and avocado vitamin content can nourish hair (2).
Avocado, Egg, and Olive Oil
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. Olive oil.
Mix the ingredients with a fork or a spoon. You can change the proportions of this mask according to the length and thickness of your hair. Besides the moisturizing benefits of avocado and olive oil, the egg is rich in protein, which helps strengthen the hair and protects against split ends and heat damage.
Banana and Avocado
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 avocado
Mash or combine the ingredients together and add from root to tip to damp hair. Banana has a high content of silica, so it works to make hair smooth and add shine.
Yogurt, Honey, Olive Oil, and Avocado
- 1 cup yogurt (plain Greek yogurt)
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsps Olive oil
- 1 tbsp, honey
Mix or swirl the ingredients until the paste becomes smooth. Usa it on damp hair. Honey may seem sticky, but for added hydration it is a humectant which means it sucks moisture from the air and locks it into the hair. A study in 2017 found that the yogurt probiotics would aid in reducing dandruff (3).
Oatmeal and Avocado
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
First, prepare the oatmeal according to its cooking instructions, and let it cool to room temperature. Blend it with the avocado until it becomes a smooth paste. Apply from root to tip of your hairs. Oatmeal can help in calming a sore, itchy scalp.
How to Use Hair Masks?
Apply the avocado masks to dry hair for better results. Avocado hair masks are oil-based, and wet hair will repel the oil and will not penetrate as deeply on dry hair as it does.
Leave in for 20 to 30 minutes. You can leave a hair mask overnight, if you wish. However, there is not much evidence to suggest. If you want to leave it overnight, cover your hair with a shower cap or place a towel on your bed to avoid staining.
Rinse out the mask in the shower, then shampoo and condition as usual. If you feel that even after shampooing your hair looks oily, you might shampoo twice to get the mask fully out.
Avocado is commonly thought to be healthy. If you know you ‘re allergic to avocado, however, you’ll want to skip the mask because it can cause adverse side effects. If you have never eaten an avocado but want to use it in a hair mask, before applying it to your hair, it is best to try a skin patch.
That means placing a slight amount of avocado onto your forearm. Wait 30 minutes and if the skin shows no signs of an allergic reaction with no redness, swelling, or stinging using it on your scalp and hair will be fine.
The Bottom Line
There isn’t a lot of science-based evidence referring to hair masks as beneficial to hair. Anecdotally, many people report that after using an avocado mask their hair looks shinier and smoother, even if the hair itself hasn’t changed. Since hair is a dead matter, there’s not much you can do to alter its condition permanently once it’s grown out of the scalp. A healthy, well-rounded diet is one of the most effective forms of hair change. Eating avocados is equally good for your hair.