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Today’s post is brought to you by Louisa from Body Health Love, a new blog with beauty and health advice for women. I especially love her DIY recipes, such as the one she is sharing with us below. After reading this great post on hair masks, check out her page and give her a follow!
DIY Hair Mask Recipe
I love experimenting with ingredients and making my own hair masks. This way I know exactly what’s gone in them, and don’t have to worry about synthetic agents or chemicals which are often used in traditional hair care products.
After switching to natural shampoo and regularly applying hair masks, my hair feels softer, healthier, and is much easier to style. Now I only use the best organic shampoos and conditioners, and stay away from products that contain sulfites and parabens.
Avocados are like superfruits, as they contain so many things that are good for you. These are a great addition to hair masks, as they deliver vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium and folic acid to help protect and strengthen hair.
As your scalp can easily absorb the nutrients from avocado, it can help stimulate new hair growth by delivering vitamins that repair dry, damaged skin. It also acts as a natural sunscreen, and can protect your hair and scalp from harmful UV rays.
Using banana in a hair mask is a great way of gently exfoliating your scalp and getting rid of dead skin cells. This can help remove dandruff flakes, and can improve hair loss by unclogging pores and providing a general health boost to your skin.
Bananas contain a high amount of potassium and other essential minerals, as well as Vitamin B6 and folate, which can all help rejuvenate hair and improve its elasticity and shine.
Coconut milk is a great substitute to cow’s milk and is often used in cooking. It is packed with healthy fats, vitamins, iron, selenium, calcium and phosphates, which makes it the perfect ingredient to restore dry, brittle or weak hair.
Hair follicles can easily absorb all these nutrients, so coconut milk is a great way to protect your hair’s health and improve its moisture and shine. It also acts as a great detangler, so you won’t have to apply as much stress when brushing or combing.
If you’ve never applied coconut oil to your strands, now’s the time. It nourishes hair with vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids, all of which can strengthen hair, condition your scalp and help to regrow new hair.
Hair can easily lose protein which can make it dry and more prone to breakages, and coconut oil can help reduce this loss by penetrating the hair shaft, and delivering antioxidants and other essential nutrients.
Your hair can always benefit from some extra moisture, and olive oil can be a great way to improve strands which are prone to breakages and split ends. It is a natural emollient with softening qualities, and delivers oleic acid to improve hair’s resilience.
Massaging olive oil on your scalp can also help soften any dry flakes or dandruff, and remove a buildup of sebum to improve the overall health of your skin.
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/2 Banana
– 50 ml Coconut Milk
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until very smooth. You want to avoid any chunky bits as these make it harder to rinse out later.
Apply it all over your hair, and massage gently into your scalp for a few minutes. This will help your skin absorb all the vitamins and minerals it needs to get a health kick, and will also improve circulation.
Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. If you want to use this time to do other things around the house, you can put a shower cap on to avoid any drips. I prefer running a bath and using the time to relax.
When it’s time, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, taking care to properly rinse out all of the hair mask. You probably don’t want to smell like bananas all day, so you could shampoo twice to make sure your hair is clean.
You can apply conditioner if you like, but you should find it much easier to brush and style your hair once you’ve applied this nutrient rich hair mask.
About The Author: Louisa Rose is from Cologne, Germany. She runs Body Health Love, where she blogs about health and beauty advice for young women.