I love experimenting with natural ingredients, and have recently created a vegan hair mask which is chock full of nutrients to infuse hair with essential vitamins and minerals.
You can use this mask whenever your hair feels dry and dull, or use it regularly as a deep conditioner to maintain strong, healthy looking locks.
Since discovering that traditional hair care products contain sulfites and other harsh detergents, I only use organic shampoos and conditioners. The combination of using natural products to wash my hair and applying my DIY hair mask have helped me achieve beautifully silky hair.
The benefits of the ingredients in this recipe
The next time you have an avocado in the house, save half of it for this simple hair mask. It’s rich in Vitamins A, B6, D and E, as well as magnesium, iron and folic acid. They actually contain four times as much potassium as bananas, and easily penetrate hair cuticles to provide some extra moisture.
Avocados also contain a high amount of protein, which helps keep hair fibers strong, shiny and supple.
Applying banana on your hair can help add shine and improve growth and manageability. It contains an array of vitamins, as well as minerals such as potassium, zinc and iron.
Using banana in a hair mask can help condition your hair and scalp and improve your hair’s elasticity. This means your strands benefit from some extra moisture, and can withstand damage due to styling and other environmental factors.
Coconut milk is one of the best ingredients to deep condition your hair naturally. It has fantastic moisturizing properties, and provides a cooling sensation all over your head. If you suffer with dry, irritated skin, you can use this regularly to soothe and repair your scalp.
Coconut milk can also help reduce dandruff, as it has natural antifungal properties which can fight Malassezia, one of the leading causes of shedding skin cells on your scalp.
Many hair care products contain coconut oil, but there’s nothing better than applying this natural ingredient straight to your hair. It helps condition all hair types, and can add volume and shine by nourishing strands with vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids.
It also acts as a natural sunscreen, and can help tame frizz and flyaways. After using coconut oil, it should be much easier to comb through your hair as it is a natural detangler that also reduces protein loss.
Don’t be afraid of using a little olive oil in a hair mask, as it is a natural emollient with smoothing properties that can add some extra moisture to your strands. It contains Vitamin A, E, and antioxidants which can promote new hair growth.
It can also restore hair which easily breaks by protecting your natural keratin, and making strands stronger and more pliable.
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Banana
- 50 ml Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
This vegan hair mask is so easy it will only take a few minutes to make. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you achieve a fine paste.
Apply it all over your hair, making sure you work all the way down the ends which are drier and need a little extra care. As this can get a bit messy, it’s best to do it over the bathtub or in the shower.
Leave the hair mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can leave it on longer if you like, but it’s best not to let the mixture dry as it can be harder to rinse out.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, preferably organic or sulfate free, and thoroughly rinse out your hair. Make sure there are no bits left behind, and always use cooler water to avoid stripping your scalp of natural oils.
You can condition your hair as usual, and should already notice how much easier it is to work through any tangles.
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