DIY Avocado Hair Masks: Benefits And How To Use For Dry Hair

Medically reviewed by Vd. Babita Sharma, Ayurveda Physician
by Pooja Karkala

Dryness leads to breakage, split ends, frizz, and unhealthy hair in general. For some people, no matter how much you condition your hair during washes, it does not seem to be enough. Well, that’s where these super nourishing and nutrient-rich avocado hair masks can help.

Store-bought conditioners don’t do a lot for your hair except coat the shafts with silicone that eventually 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.

Is Avocado Good For Your Hair?

To put it simply, yes! Avocado is a potent ingredient for treating dryness and damage, and it can benefit your hair in the following ways:

  • Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential amino acids (1). These can coat your hair shaft and help it retain moisture and texture (2). The natural oils in the fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) provide your hair with long-lasting and deep hydration.
  • It contains vitamins A, B2, D, and E, beta-carotene, and minerals like copper and iron (1). These nutrients help nourish your hair and scalp and promote healthy hair growth (3).
  • Avocado contains vitamin E that has antioxidant properties, which can help prevent hair damage from free radicals (4), (5). This can keep your hair healthy for longer.
  • It helps repair damage by conditioning and providing your hair with the essential nutrients it needs to be healthy.
  • The fruit is rich in biotin, which is shown to help stimulate new hair growth (6).

Note: There are not enough scientific studies on the effects of avocado on dry hair. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that many people have used avocado masks to achieve silkier and softer hair.

How To Use Avocado Hair Mask For Dry And 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 few other DIY avocado hair mask treatments that incorporate other hair care ingredients for better results.

1. Avocado And Coconut Oil Hair Mask 

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 and reduces protein loss, calming frizz and damage (7). It also contains essential fatty acids that can reduce the effect of damage on hair. It works with the avocado to form a protective layer around the hair shaft, minimizing moisture loss and damage.

You Will Need
  • 1 ripe medium-sized avocado
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Shower cap
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl until it is free of lumps.
  2. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil to the mashed avocado and mix well.
  3. Apply 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. 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.

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

Olive oil contains squalene, which has excellent conditioning and moisturizing properties (8), (9). The oil is light and does not weigh your hair down. It can make your hair soft within just the first use. It may also help promote hair growth (10). Honey is a humectant that helps seal water in the hair shaft, curbing moisture loss, and increase its luster (11), (12). This can be the holy trifecta of hair care when it comes to dealing with dryness and damage.

You Will Need
  • 1 ripe medium-sized avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons 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. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp. Don’t forget to apply this mixture to the tips of your hair.
  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. 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.

3. Aloe Vera And Avocado

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that slough off dead skin cells on your scalp (13). It is a natural hair conditioner and can reduce hair damage and hair loss (14). The coconut oil, honey, and avocado work together to condition your hair while the low pH of lemon seals your cuticles, adding shine and minimizing frizz.

You Will Need

  • 1 ripe medium-sized avocado
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • Shower cap 
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

15-20 minutes

Process
  1. 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. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Once your hair is fully covered in the mixture, cover it with a shower cap, and wait for 15-20 minutes.
  4. 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.

4. Mayonnaise And Avocado 

Mayonnaise contains eggs and vinegar, which can help increase hair growth and reduce hair damage (15), (16).

You Will Need
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 ripe medium-sized avocado
  • Shower cap 
Prep Time

4 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl until it is free of lumps and add the mayonnaise to it. Mix well.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp. Focus on the tips of your hair.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for 20 minutes.
  4. 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.

5. Avocado And Yogurt Hair Mask 

Yogurt has hair conditioning properties that work with avocado to repair and condition dry and damaged hair (14). Honey and olive oil work together to seal in the nourishment and moisture imparted by the yogurt and avocado in this hair mask.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe medium-sized avocado
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Shower cap 
Prep Time

5 minutes

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Mash the avocado until it is lump-free and add the rest of the ingredients to it. Mix well.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for 20 minutes.
  4. 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.

In addition to the above-mentioned masks, you can also follow the tips listed below to care for dry and damaged hair.

Simple Tips On How To Care For Dry And Damaged Hair

  1. 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.
  2. Do not towel dry. A towel must only be used to squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel will only result in breakage and split-ends.
  3. Apart from using these hair masks, oil your hair at least once a week to keep it from drying out.
  4. Use a wooden wide-toothed comb to untangle your hair. This will minimize breakage.
  5. Use silk pillow covers to sleep on to avoid moisture loss.
  6. Go easy on the heat styling. Heat is your hair’s worst enemy when you have a dryness problem.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 avocado hair masks to restore health and luster to your locks in no time.

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Pooja Karkala

Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.

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