Avo-Coco Hair Smoothie

DIY Deep Conditioner you can whip up yourself in your own kitchen.
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
6 oz  coconut milk
2 Tbsp oil, try coconut or olive oil
1Tbsp honey

Mash avocado and banana in a bowl.  Stir or whisk in coconut milk, oil and honey.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse and proceed with styling.  For a recipe with more protein check out this post.

This is a super delicious smoothie that is good enough to eat!

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Hair Guac

I.  Love.  Avocados.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Cali.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I consider guacamole to be the most perfect food.  That is why I have such a hard time doing avocado hair treatments, I always end up making guac and eating it before it comes time to do a hair treatment.  *sigh*  Well this time I knew I was going to henna my hair and that I would NEED to do a good deep treatment afterward.  So the day before henna day I made sure to buy a super over-ripe avocado; gross for eating but perfect for hair.

Avocados are little fruity (yep, they are a fruit) powerhouses of good fat, as well as vitamins B, E and K.  They are a great way to add moisture to your tired brittle tresses.  They will leave your hair feeling soft and well conditioned.  Not to mention that you can pick one up for about $1 at any grocer throughout the year.

Mixology 

1 avocado

2 Tbsp agave nectar

1 Tbsp evoo

Take the pulp of one avocado and mash it with a fork until smooth.  It helps if you use an over-ripened avocado as it will already be very soft.  Next stir in agave nectar and oil, blend until smooth.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and let sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and style as usual.

You may encounter fibers from the avocado that get stuck in your hair.  You can prevent this by putting the mix through a fine mesh strainer before applying to your hair.  For me, after I rinsed out the hair guac, I used a leave-in condish and my tangle teezer to remove the fibers from my coils.

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? Share it with us by leaving a comment.

Avocado-Coconut Conditioner

This conditioner is packed with vitamins and nutrients from superfoods.  This can be used a a pre-poo or as a DC

 

Flesh of 1 ripe avocado

¼ cup coconut cream

¼ cup coconut water

3 tablespoons mayonnaise containing egg

In medium-sized bowl mix avocado and coconut cream. In very small bowl whisk together coconut water and mayonnaise then add this to the avocado mixture. Whisk all together until smooth.

Divide hair into 6-8 sections. Slather green mixture on each section working all the way into hair, from root to tip. Put on shower cap or other loose fitting plastic cap. Sit out in the sun if possible or under dryer on medium heat setting, if available. Leave on hair for 25 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

**Conditioner should be used immediately. Discard leftovers, use as a facial or share it with someone else.

Avocado Oil Treatment

Whatever the season, the hair can benefit from a little special treatment beyond the usual shampoo or conditioner. I recommend this dense, hot oil treatment to add shine, strengthen and soften the hair. You can use this pre-poo as an standard oil blend or add the essential oils for an additional boost.  It has a minty, floral scent provided by the essential oils, which also help condition hair and scalp. Recommended for dry, damaged, color-treated or chemically treated hair.

1 cup avocado oil

1/2 cup safflower oil

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

Essential Oils:

4 drops lavender

3 drops lemongrass

3 drops rosemary

2 drops geranium

Mix first three oils in order given in a non-reactive bowl. Heat in a double boiler on the stove until it starts to gently bubble or for 40 seconds in the microwave.  Remove from heat.  Using individual droppers, drop in essential oils in order given; swirl to mix. Test on back of wrist to make sure temperature is acceptable (not too hot).

Divide hair into about 8 sections; twist or secure with clips. Apply warmed oils to scalp and ends of hair. Massage in. Put on a shower cap or other plastic head wrap. Let oils continue to warm using body heat and sunlight if available for 25 minutes. Shampoo, condition and style as usual.

Remaining oil can be stored in sterile jar for later use as long as you keep it pure (no water). It is okay to double this recipe for longer hair.