Avocado hair mask next to small bottles of oils and an avocado

DIY avocado hair mask

If your hair feels weak, brittle and lifeless, then don’t worry as there are some easy and inexpensive ways to nourish your scalp and restore the lustre to your locks.

Instead of splashing out on pricey haircare products that might contain nasty chemicals and preservatives, why not turn to the naturally nourishing ingredients found in nature and make your own hair mask? This rich hair mask is made from ingredients you might already have in your kitchen cupboards.

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Avocado

Avocado is a source of vitamin E, which has emollient properties. This means using avocado on the hair can add shine and gloss by helping to smooth along the hair shaft and trap in moisture.

Vitamin E can also help promote a healthy scalp as it’s an antioxidant, which can soothe hair follicles, promote hair growth, and might help prevent against excessive hair fall.

Flaxseed oil

The omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid present in the flaxseed oil (which also contains vitamin E) is great at adding moisture to dry strands as well as sealing in existing moisture.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also very effective at nourishing the scalp and hair follicles and helping to prevent the scalp dryness that can lead to itching.

Almond oil and olive oil

Almond and olive oils are sources of omega-9 fatty acids. Omega-9 fatty acids include oleic acid, an emulsifying agent which helps your hair retain moisture and stops over-drying through styling.

Unlike most conditioners, natural plant oils don’t contain silicone which just coats the hair to give the appearance of health. Instead, natural oils penetrate the hair shaft and reduce the amount of water the hair absorbs through washing, which can damage hair strands through the constant process of swelling and drying out.1

Using omega-9 oils on your scalp will also help control the flakes associated with dandruff by moisturising the scalp.

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DIY hair mask

You will need

  • Half a ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 1tbsp almond oil
  • Shower cap or hair turban

Method

1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients with a spoon or a whisk until blended. Apply the mixture carefully to dry hair, and cover with a shower cap or hair turban to allow the oils a warm environment to penetrate the hair.

2. Leave for 20-30 minutes before shampooing with a gentle shampoo, and conditioning as normal.

3. Take care to wash your hair thoroughly to ensure there is no oily residue left behind.

You can do this mask once a week.

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Sources

1. [Online] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/

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