How To Use Avocado For Dry And Damaged Hair July 12, 2017

Dryness is the nastiest enemy that your hair can have. It leads to breakage, split ends, frizz, and just bad hair health in general. No matter how much you condition your hair during washes, it does not seem to be enough. Well, that’s because it’s not.

Store-bought conditioners don’t do a lot for your hair except coat the shafts with silicone that eventually just turns into build up. The only way to save dry and damaged hair is to use ingredients that moisturize your hair shafts from within while also nourishing them. Avocado is one such ingredient that can help restore dry and damaged locks to their former glory. Keep reading to find out how avocado can help dry and damaged hair.

Is Avocado Good For Damaged Hair?

To put it simply—Yes! Avocado is an excellent ingredient for treating dryness and damage, and it benefits your hair in the following ways.

  • Avocado is rich in fatty amino acids that coat your hair shaft and help it retain moisture. The natural oils in the fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) provide your hair with long-lasting and deep hydration.
  • It contains vitamins A, B6, D, and E, and minerals like copper and iron which help it nourish your hair and scalp. This also helps promote healthy hair growth.
  • Avocado has a high content of antioxidants like vitamin E which helps prevent hair damage from free radicals. This helps keep your hair healthy for longer.
  • It helps repair damage by conditioning and providing your hair with basic essential nutrients it needs to be healthy.
  • The fruit helps unclog follicles and stimulates new hair growth from these dormant follicles.

How To Use A Homemade Avocado Hair Mask For Damaged Hair

While reaping the benefits of avocado for hair could be as simple as mashing the fruit and applying it to your hair and scalp, here are a couple of other avocado hair mask treatments that incorporate other excellent hair care ingredients for better results.

1. Avocado And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 Ripe Medium Sized Avocado
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Shower Cap
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado until it is completely free of lumps.
  2. To mashed avocado, add two tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well.
  3. Start applying this mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you focus on the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most damaged parts.
  4. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes.
  5. Proceed to wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
  6. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair using a towel. Let your hair air-dry.
How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Coconut oil has excellent penetrative properties giving it the ability to seep deep within the hair shaft, repairing it from the inside. This decreases the porosity of your hair, calming frizz and reducing damage. It also works with the avocado to form a protective layer around the hair shaft, minimizing moisture loss and reducing damage.

2. Whipped Avocado, Honey, And Olive Oil Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 Ripe Medium Sized Avocado
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2-3 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)
  • Shower Cap
  • Blow Dryer
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

15-45 minutes

Process
  1. Throw the ingredients into a food processor and process until you get a smooth, lump-free mixture.
  2. Start applying this mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you focus on the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most damaged parts.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap and apply heat using a blow dryer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Alternatively, you can sit out in the sun for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Proceed to wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
  6. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair using a towel. Let your hair air-dry.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Olive oil has excellent conditioning properties. The oil is light and does not weigh your hair down. However, it makes a huge difference when it comes to the softness of your hair with just the first use. Honey, on the other hand, is a humectant which helps seal water into the hair shaft, curbing moisture loss. This, in my opinion, is the holy trifecta of hair care when it comes to dealing with dryness and damage.

3. Aloe Vera And Avocado

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You Will Need
  • 1 Ripe Medium Sized Avocado
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Shower Cap
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

15-20 minutes

Process
  1. n a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients until you get a smooth lump-free mixture. You can use a food processor to make sure all the ingredients are blended well.
  2. Start applying this mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you focus on the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most damaged parts.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap and wait for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Proceed to wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
  5. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair using a towel. Let your hair air-dry.
How Often?

Once in two weeks.

Why This Works

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes which work to repair the dead skin cells on your scalp ensuring that the new hair growth is healthy. The coconut oil, honey, and avocado work together to condition your hair while the low pH of lemon seals your cuticle, adding shine and minimizing frizz.

4. Mayonnaise And Avocado

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Ripe Medium Sized Avocado
  • Shower Cap
Prep Time

4 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado until it is free of lumps and to it add the mayonnaise. Mix well.
  2. Start applying this mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you focus on the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most damaged parts.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap and wait for 20 minutes.
  4. Proceed to wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
  5. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair using a towel. Let your hair air-dry.
How Often?

1-2 times a week

Why This Works

Mayonnaise comes with the goodness of eggs and the benefits of vinegar. It contains oils that work with the avocado in this hair pack to deeply condition your hair, giving you some smooth, soft, and lustrous locks.

5. Avocado And Yogurt Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 Ripe Medium Sized Avocado
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Shower Cap
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. In a bowl, mash the avocado until it is completely free of lumps and to it add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until you get a smooth, consistent mixture.
  2. Start applying this mixture to your hair and scalp. Ensure that you focus on the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most damaged parts.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap and wait for 20 minutes.
  4. Proceed to wash your hair with cool water and shampoo. Finish with conditioner.
  5. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair using a towel. Let your hair air-dry.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Yogurt has excellent moisturizing properties that work with avocado to repair and condition dry and damaged hair. The honey and olive oil work together to seal in the nourishment and moisture imparted by the yogurt and avocado in this hair mask.

Simple Tips On How To Care For Dry And Damaged Hair

  • Always wash your hair with cool or lukewarm water as this will help seal the hair cuticle. A sealed hair cuticle is better at retaining moisture and protecting the hair cortex from damage.
  • Do not towel dry. A towel must only be used to squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel will only result in breakage and split-ends.
  • Apart from using these hair masks, oil your hair at least once a week to keep it from drying out.
  • Use a wooden wide-tooth comb to untangle your hair. This will minimize breakage.
  • Use silk pillow covers to sleep on to avoid moisture loss.
  • Go easy on the heat styling. Heat is your hair’s worst enemy when you have a dryness problem.
  • Take a break from any chemical treatments such as rebonding or coloring as these will take a massive toll on your hair’s health. Especially if your hair is already dry and damaged.
  • Get regular trims spaced at 6-8 weeks apart. This will help keep damage, in the form of split-ends, from spreading up.

Dryness can make your hair look completely dead, but it is also the simplest of hair problems to deal with. Treat your hair with these amazing hair masks to restore health and luster to your locks in no time. Have you ever used avocado in your hair care routine? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/joy/ Joy

    wow nice update will try it….

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/zinniamukherjee/ Zinnia

    Thanks, glad u liked it ^_^

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/moniqueb/ Monique Brown

    thank you so much for the tips, imma try this and I also use argan oil from pro naturals which keeps my hair soft and healthy. :)