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Summer Survival: the Avocado-Banana Sun Recovery Hair Mask

If you spent a little too much time outdoors over the long weekend, this recovery hair mask is for you! It combines jojoba oil, renowned for its ability to soothe and hydrate, with organic avocado and banana for a calming, moisturizing hair mask.

Unfortunately, as most people know, UV rays from the sun can damage hair and burn the sensitive skin on our scalps. That’s why it’s recommended to wear a wide-brimmed hat whenever you’ll be outside, especially between noon and 4pm in summer, when the sun is strongest.

If only I had taken my own advice! This weekend was the first real taste of hot summer weather, and of course I decided to spend most of it outside…without a hat. Between a long bike ride and a friend’s graduation picnic in the park, my hair was definitely feeling a little fried!

 

Avocado-Banana Sun Recovery Hair Mask

  • Servings: 1 mask
  • Difficulty: easy
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I’d recommend doubling the recipe if you have long or thick hair, as you’ll want enough mask to be able to really massage it into the ends!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe, organic avocado
  • 1/2 ripe, organic banana
  • 1/2 tbs organic jojoba oil
  • 1-3 drops organic lavender essential oil

Directions

  1. Blend the avocado and banana together, using a fork or a blender.
  2. Add a ½ tablespoon of organic jojoba oil.
  3. Add 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil and stir to combine.  
  4. Slightly moisten your hair with water (I used the beautiful mist bottle that came with my DIY Organic Face Moisturizing Kit).
  5. Apply the mask to your hair, including the scalp, while paying special attention to the ends.
  6. Clip your hair back, and cover with a shower cap.
  7. Let sit for at least 15 minutes, then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm (not hot) water and follow with your regular hair washing routine.

Why does it work? Here’s the ingredient breakdown.

 

Avocado is chock-full of nourishing vitamin B and vitamin E, and apparently was first used in hair products by ancient Egyptians! Scientifically, we now know that the vitamins and fat present in avocado are efficient and natural moisturizers, and studies show that dry hair is much more prone to breakage.

Banana has many hair care benefits thanks to its high potassium content and the presence of natural oils, especially when it comes to smoothing frizzy hair.

Jojoba Oil is famous for being a close imitation of the oil your skin naturally produces, which means that this organic oil can effectively moisturize without weighing your hair down.

Lavender Essential Oil is much more than a pretty scent – this essential oil has been demonstrated to help with insomnia and reduce stress.

 

 

The Verdict:

I loved this mask!

 

Compared to other homemade masks I’ve tried, the Avocado Banana Sun Recovery Mask felt creamy and rich but not sticky. The mask was so cooling and soothing, especially compared to the heat outside. It also washed out without too much trouble, which is especially important if you have thin, fine hair like I do – any leftover oil would quickly look greasy on me.

 

After spending a little too much time out in the sun, my hair and scalp were feeling a bit sensitive and very dry – this really did the trick to turn things around. My hair looks and feels stronger, and I think it’s also a bit shinier. I have shoulder-length, very fine hair, and the recipe made a generous amount for me, but I would suggest doubling it if you have thick or long hair – you want to be able to really slather it on the ends!

 

I’d definitely recommend trying out the Avocado Banana Recovery Mask this summer! (Just not around lunchtime, or you might start craving guacamole and margaritas. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 🙂 )

 

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