11 DIY Banana Hair Masks For All Hair Types: Benefits + Recipes

Use this nutritious fruit to make nourishing hair packs in the comfort of your home.

Reviewed by Madison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
By Arshiya Syeda

Bananas have a variety of nutritional elements that might help restore damaged hair. You can prepare smoothing “banana hair masks” by combining several components with a banana. Do you want to learn how to prepare this remedy at home? Look over this list of banana hair masks to see whether they can help you with your hair problems. But first, let’s learn about the benefits of bananas in hair masks.

Benefits Of Banana Hair Masks

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  1. Banana is an excellent source of vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and silicon (1), (2).
  2. Silicon compounds (like silica) strengthen the cuticle layer of hair by aligning the tile like components of the outer layer. This makes the hair shine and protects it from damage (3).
  3. Banana and its peel have antimicrobial properties (4),(5). This suggests that it can help keep fungal infections, like dandruff, away.
  4. It also conditions your hair and replenishes damaged hair endings, making your tresses soft and bouncy (6).

Before we get to the hair masks, there a few important precautions to take when using bananas in a hair mask.

  • Firstly, make sure the banana is mashed to a pulp. Any chunks of banana will get caught in your hair and become difficult to remove.
  • Secondly, make sure the hair masks don’t dry up completely on your hair. It is easier to remove them when they are damp.
  • Lastly, make sure you don’t have a latex allergy. It has been found that people who are allergic to natural rubber latex are also allergic to foods like banana, avocado, chestnut, kiwi, peach, tomato, potato, and bell pepper (7).

Alternate Method

You can boil a mashed banana along with its peel in water for about 10 minutes. The water soaks up all the nutrients from the banana and the peel. You can add this water to hair masks and packs without worrying about banana chunks getting caught in your hair.

Now, let’s get to the banana hair masks.

11 Best DIY Banana Hair Masks For All Hair Types

1. Banana And Avocado Hair Mask

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Hair Type: Brittle hair

This hair mask is ideal for brittle hair. It contains a high level of proteins that help strengthen hair follicles. Avocado contains fatty acids, niacin, folate, magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K1 that are important for hair growth (8), (9).

Ingredients

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

  1. Mash the avocado and banana together until there are no lumps left.
  2. Add olive oil to this mixture and mix thoroughly.

How To Apply

  1. Wash your hair and let it air dry completely.
  2. Divide your hair into sections and start applying the mask.
  3. Make sure you coat all your hair from the roots to the tips thoroughly.
  4. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water and shampoo your hair.

2. Banana And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Hair Type: All hair types

Coconut oil has healing properties. Its fatty acids penetrate the hair shafts easily to replenish your hair and add volume to it (3). The combination of banana and coconut oil provides long-lasting shine and moisture to your locks and aids hair growth.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk

Preparation

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl.
  2. Add the coconut oil and coconut milk, and mix the ingredients into a creamy paste.

How To Apply

  1. Shampoo and dry your hair before you apply this hair mask. Make sure it is 70% dry.
  2. Section your hair and start applying the mask from the roots to the tips.
  3. Make sure to cover your entire scalp and all your hair.
  4. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with water and shampoo it as usual.

3. Banana And Egg Hair Mask

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Hair Type: Dry and oily hair

This hair mask is meant to keep your hair shiny and nourished. A study has found that the peptides in egg yolk improve hair growth (10). Eggs are also one of the best sources of protein, which is a key factor for hair growth (11). For this hair mask, use only the egg yolk if you have dry hair, use only the egg white if you have oily hair, and use both the yolk and white if you have normal hair.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Preparation

  1. Mash the banana with a fork.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl.
  3. Add the olive oil and honey.
  4. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  5. Use a muslin cloth to strain the blend, making sure that there are no banana lumps left in the mixture.

How To Apply

  1. Divide your hair into sections and apply the mask to your scalp, hair, and tips.
  2. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for an hour.
  3. Rinse off the mask with cold water and shampoo.
StyleCraze Says
Using eggs for hair may leave an unpleasant odor. Rinse your hair with a water-vinegar solution to get rid of the smell.

4. Banana And Olive Oil Hair Mask

Hair Type: Damaged and frizzy hair

This hair mask conditions every hair strand on your head. Olive oil has rich moisturizing properties that help minimize breakage, split ends, and hair loss (6). You can replace your regular conditioner with this hair mask as it gives you soft and silky hair within a couple of applications.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

  1. Blend the ripe banana until there are no chunks left.
  2. Add olive oil to this banana paste and mix thoroughly.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl.

How To Apply

  1. Section your hair and start applying the mixture from the roots with the help of a hair color brush.
  2. Slather as much of the hair mask as you can, covering every bit of your scalp and hair.
  3. Tie your hair in a loose bun and cover it with a shower cap to prevent dripping.
  4. Leave the hair mask on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off with cold water before shampooing your hair.

5. Banana And Argan Oil Hair Mask

Hair Type: All hair types

Argan oil is known to be highly nutritive as it contains fatty acids and vitamin E. It can prevent scabies, hair loss, and dry hair. It also has antioxidant properties that may help in keeping your scalp healthy (12). Overall, this hair mask is ideal for strengthening your hair and maintaining a healthy scalp.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons argan oil

Preparation

  1. Mash the banana into a fine paste.
  2. Add argan oil to this paste and mix well.

How To Apply

1. Apply this mask to your scalp and cover each hair strand from the root to the tip.
2. Tie your hair up and put on a shower cap.
3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
4. Rinse off the mask with water and shampoo your hair.

6. Banana And Honey Hair Mask

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Hair Type: Dry and weak hair

This hair mask is ideal for thin and fine hair. Honey is a natural humectant and hair conditioner. Thus, it adds moisture and shine to dull and limp hair (13). It helps in the management of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff with its antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties (14). It is also great for strengthening your hair (15).

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 ripe banana

Preparation

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl until you have a soft and creamy paste.
  2. Add the honey to your mashed banana and mix it in well.

How To Apply

  1. Shampoo your hair and let it dry.
  2. Part your hair into sections and apply the hair mask from the roots to the tips with the help of a hair color brush.
  3. Concentrate more on the tips.
  4. Tie your hair in a bun and cover it with a shower cap.
  5. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Wash it off with lukewarm water and shampoo.

7. Banana And Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Hair Type: Weak and shineless hair

Aloe vera contains vitamins A, B, C, and E (16). It helps preserve hair endings and prevent hair loss, dandruff, alopecia, and other types of baldness. It also enhances your natural hair color and conditions your hair (6). The vitamin B 12 in aloe vera prevents premature graying of hair and hair loss (17).

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 1 aloe vera leaf

Preparation

  1. Scoop out the pulp from the aloe vera leaf.
  2. Transfer the aloe vera pulp and bananas to a blender.
  3. Blend the mixture thoroughly, leaving no lumps.

How To Apply

  1. Shampoo your hair and let it air dry.
  2. Start applying the mixture with a hair color brush.
  3. Get the mixture deep into your roots and coat your entire scalp and all your hair.
  4. Put your hair up in a loose bun and cover it with a shower cap.
  5. Let it sit for 2 hours.
  6. Wash your hair with cold water and shampoo it thoroughly.

8. Banana And Yogurt Hair Mask

Hair Type: Damaged, shineless, and dry hair

Yogurt has been shown to prevent split ends. It also rejuvenates damaged hair, prevents baldness, enhances your hair color, and conditions your hair (6).

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons yogurt

Preparation

  1. Cut the banana into pieces and transfer them to a blender.
  2. Add the yogurt and blend the ingredients into a paste.
  3. Strain the paste to remove all lumps.

How To Apply

  1. Apply this paste from the roots to the tips of your hair.
  2. Concentrate more on the scalp and the tips.
  3. Tie your hair up and cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off with water
  6. And shampoo your hair as usual.

9. Banana And Carrot Hair Mask

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Hair Type: Dry and damaged hair

Your hair can get dry and brittle during harsh winters. Use this mask to protect it from breakage and split ends. When ingested, carrots are known to promote hair health (18). However, there is no scientific evidence that the topical application of carrots promotes hair growth. Regardless, it is widely used in homemade hair masks.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 medium-sized carrot
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil

Preparation

  1. Chop the carrot and banana into small pieces.
  2. Boil them in water.
  3. Put the soft pieces into a blender along with the yogurt and honey.
  4. Blend well until you get a smooth paste.

How To Apply

  1. Apply this mask onto your scalp and all along the length of your hair.
  2. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for 45 minutes.
  3. Rinse your hair with cold water and wash it with a mild shampoo.

10. Banana And Papaya Hair Mask

Hair Type: Weak and thin hair

Papaya is often used as a natural hair conditioner. However, it is recommended to be used in small quantities as it releases a latex fluid that can cause irritation (19). It contains iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. These nutrients help in the prevention of hair loss (17), (20). Papayas and their extracts also have antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties (21), (22), (23). This suggests that it may help in the treatment of dandruff and other scalp infections. An in vitro study showed that papaya may stimulate hair growth as well (23). On the whole, this hair mask acts as a natural conditioner, making your hair softer and shinier with every use.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Preparation

  1. Cut the banana and papaya into tiny pieces
  2. And mash them thoroughly.
  3. Add the honey to the mashed mixture and blend until there are no lumps left.

How To Apply

  1. Cover every inch of your scalp with this hair mask.
  2. Apply it to your hair from the root to the tips.
  3. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes
  4. Rinse off the mask with cold water and shampoo your hair.

11. Banana And Milk Hair Mask

Hair Type: Thin hair

This hair mask is the best and easiest way to keep your hair nourished. Applying this hair mask twice a week can improve your hair texture. Milk is high in protein vitamin A, and vitamin B12 that can reduce hair loss (17), (20), (24).

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Milk (as required)

Preparation

1. Cut the banana into small pieces.
2. Add milk to it and mash the ingredients until you have a thick, creamy paste.

How To Apply

  1. Apply this hair mask on clean hair.
  2. Start from the roots and work your way to the tips. Coat your entire scalp with this mask.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair thoroughly with water to get rid of the stickiness.
  5. Shampoo your hair as usual.

Infographic: 5 Different Banana Hair Masks For Different Hair Conditions And Types

The banana is a powerhouse ingredient, and you can use it in numerous ways for your hair. However, you need to consider your hair type before you whip up a hair mask using a banana, as the other ingredients are suitable for varied hair conditions. Check out the following infographic for a handy guide to the different masks and the particular hair conditions they are most suitable for.

5 banana hair masks for different hair conditions and types [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

StyleCraze Says
Limit mask usage to once or twice a week. Overusing banana masks may overhydrate hair, which may lead to breakage.

Bananas are packed with nutrients that can strengthen the hair strands and increase hair shine. They also protect your tresses from hair damage and fungal infections. They condition and rejuvenate the damaged hair ends. When making a mask, remember to thoroughly mash the banana to avoid any clumpy bits from getting stuck to your strands. You can make a DIY banana hair mask with simple ingredients like olive oil, egg, avocado, yogurt, and honey. But, bananas masks must be avoided by people with a latex allergy, so be sure to perform a patch test to check for allergic or adverse reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do banana peels help with hair growth?

Yes. Banana peels are said to have antioxidant properties like the fruit itself and, therefore, may help with hair growth.

Do bananas straighten hair?

No. Bananas cannot straighten naturally curly hair. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that banana masks have softening properties that can temporarily tame frizz and make the hair appear slightly straight.

How often should I use a banana hair mask?

You may use a banana hair mask once or twice a week. However, using it more than that may lead to product buildup.

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