I have been very diligent in my (desperate) attempt to save my coarse hair.
I have tried a few homemade remedies now, and will blog all of them soon. The thing here is that I can share with you how to do it, but I cannot attest to their effectiveness (as effectively) because my hair is severely damaged, and I am using different masks, and treatments every day (or every other day).
So, it’s logical to assume that if all the treatments were effective, the last treatments will seem to be more effective than the earlier treatments, as the hair should be improving by days, yes? So, it would not be fair to say which is more effective. 😛
The Avocado Banana Hair Mask
This is a fruit based hair mask. The fruits used are avocado and banana.
Avocado is high in healing nutrients (phytochemicals, antioxidant, amino acids, and minerals) which promotes hair growth, nourishes and strengthens hair; most important, it heals damaged hair ends. (VERY important factor for me!)
Whereas banana has many nutrients (similar to avocado actually) that prevents split ends and soften the hair texture.
Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) that combats dryness and seals the moisture.
Rosemary essential oil is broadly used to prevent hair loss, but honestly, I use this only because I don’t want to smell like walking banana or avocado!
* You can replace the oils with something else that you are more suited – you will need to look them up and experiment *
Ripe (very ripe) avocado x 1
Banana (ripe) x 1
Grapeseed oil x 1 tbsp (adjust according to your hair length)
Rosemary essential oil x 5 drops (or more, up to you)
Blender (very essential in order to achieve the puree texture)
Shower cap, or towel (I go for shower cap, hate to have to wash the towel!)
Wide teethed comb (when rinsing out, use the comb to gently comb through hair)
Remove the skins of avocado and seed, cut into sizes; remove skin of banana. Put the fruits in the blender, add 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil, blend till it’s smooth. Add 5 drops of rosemary oil, blend a little more just to mix the EO in.
Shampoo hair as usual. Towel dry (very important!) Apply mask to hair (I avoided scalp because I am doing deep conditioning every day now) evenly. Cover hair with shower cap. Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse out thoroughly.
Firstly, I didn’t manage to get a ripe avocado, so I use fork to poke into the avocado and use *microwave to ripen the fruit. Secondly, I don’t have a blender, or maybe we do have one at home, I just didn’t think it was necessary (WRONG!).
So, I didn’t achieve the puree form, I achieved (see picture) a lumpy paste. So, spreading that on hair was extremely challenging and messy! The paste and lumps dropped everywhere! (I am a clean freak!) Also, you can imagine that the paste won’t get to the hair as evenly as I wished.
I spent about 7-8 minutes cleaning the wash basin and bathroom (which I would still need to wash again after washing my hair). Then, I took shower, and did a body scrub and whatever that takes up all the 30 minutes.
Rinsing is more tricky, especially for my lumpy paste. I think using a wide teethed comb would be very helpful, but be very gentle, because hair is more vulnerable when wet. I used the comb to comb through as I rinsed with lukewarm water, I was really concerned with having bits of fruits on my hair!
*To ripen the avocado, line microwave safe plate with kitchen towel, put the fruit on it, and microwave for 30 secs, check to see if it’s ripe enough. Repeat in intervals of 30 secs until it is of the ripeness you want.
My hair is in a very strange state now. I only permed my hair from under my ears length down, so the hair above that line is healthier, so I could see quite a drastic difference that the mask made to the two parts of hair. The top portion is very shiny and soft; the lower portion (permed part) is still coarse and dry. It is going to take a lot more treatments, and it is also possible that there is no treatment to save the damaged part, but I will not give up, not just yet!
So, I think it’s safe to say that it’s effective, but it’s not a miracle mask to transform the severely damaged hair to healthy hair. If you have more powerful homemade remedies, chip in and share! I repeat, I DESPERATELY want to save my hair.