If you are like me you love a good DIY treatment for your hair and skin. There is something lovely about making your own products that cater exactly to your beauty needs. One of my favorite natural ingredients to use in my treatments is avocado. It is a beautiful nutrient rich superfood that is just perfect for getting your life together. However there are a few setbacks in the use of avocados: outside of living in California they are never picked fresh and you have to catch them within that ripeness window, out of season they can be pretty pricey, and they don’t lend themselves to partial use.
I was contacted by AvoPure, a New Zealand based company that specializes in avocado powder. This foodgrade powder is perfect for use in nutricosmetic applications such as face masks, hair conditioners, soaps or balms.
From their website:
Avocado is often called a ‘food for the skin’. Nutrient dense, it has superb natural moisturising and anti-ageing properties. And with AvoPure avocado powder, you can harness the goodness and health benefits of premium New Zealand avocados in your personal care and cosmetic products. Being 100% pure, with no additives, fillers or manufacturing residues, AvoPure avocado powder can be combined with other ingredients without risk of chemical conflict. The light weight, soft and incredibly fine powder provides a highly flexible base medium for cosmetics and personal care products.
Needless to say I was happy to get my hands on the packets and start playing around with recipes. The advantages to using AvoPure avocado powder over actual avocados is that you can use as much or as little as you want, you don’t have to worry about spoilage, and it is much easier to incorporate the powder into your treatments.
DIY Avocado Pre-Poo
- 3 oz Safflower oil (or your favorite oil)
- 1 Tbsp AvoPure avocado powder
- 2 oz conditioner
- Color applicator bottle (example)
Gently warm the oil, I popped mine into the microwave for a few seconds then pour into the color applicator bottle. Add the AvoPure powder and shake until well mixed. Add your conditioner of choice then shake again.
To use: This is a pre-shampoo treatment. Section your hair into four – six workable sections. Apply the mixture to the hair from root to tip massaging gently into the hair. Cover with plastic cap and allow to penetrate for 10-15 minutes. Shampoo and condition hair as normal.
For me my hair felt both soft and strengthened after using this pre-poo treatment as compared to my weekly shampoo and condition regimen. I had wore my hair out in an afro for most of the week so it was very dry and tangled. The pre-poo treatment really helped melt the tangles away and made quick work of my detangling session. I am going to incorporate the AvoPure avocado powder in future skin and hair treatments and report back my findings.