Agave Nectar & Coconut Oil Pre-Poo

agave plantMy favorite pre-poo treatment for my natural hair is a humectant/oil blend which is great for adding moisture and softness to the hair.  Humectants are water loving substances that attract water to the hair while oils aid to soften the strand and seal in moisture.  Honey, molasses and glycerin are all easy to find humectants while agave nectar is the new kid on the block.  I like to use agave nectar is it pours easy and is not as sticky. You can substitute agave for honey in a 1:1 ratio.

Agave-Coconut Pre-Poo Treatment

3 oz cheapy conditioner, I like Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz agave nectar

Pour all ingredients into a color applicator bottle (found at your local beauty supply store), place your finger of the nozzle and shake well to mix.  Apply to the full length of  dry hair.  Cover hair with plastic cap and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes.  Add heat from hooded dryer or hot towel for added conditioning.  Rinse hair with warm water then cleanse and condition as normal.

This recipe is easily customizable.  You can change out agave nectar for your favorite humectant  or change the coconut oil for your favorite oil.  If you need added protein you can use a protein rich conditioner as the base.

After using this treatment my hair feels amazing; my curls are given new life, my hair soft to the touch and it also easy to detangle.  This will be a forever staple hair treatment for me.

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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.