Natural Beauty: Avocado for your Face and Hair.

  Avocado is a truly fantastic find for all us home-made beauty recipe lovers!

  Avocado contains amazing naturals oils, fats, vitamins, and elements such as potassium, iron, folic acid and copper, which are very good for your hair and skin (as well as to eat!). Due to this, avocado masks are some of the most awesome for taking care of your skin and hair in a natural way!

 Avocado hair masks works for both oily and dry hair, however the other stuff you add to the masks will need to vary according to your hair type. Of course, you can use avocado just on its own, in which case, you need to leave the mask on your hair for 30+ minutes.

  Application: either damp or dry hair, makes no difference. Although, I prefer to do this on dry hair for two reasons, the first being that wet hair makes masks a little drippy, and second being that you can wash your hair afterwards if you have over-oiled the mask.

  Just a little note: make sure to use a really ripe avocado (it should be a little squishy when you press on it). Preferably use a blender, but if you don’t have one, then try to thoroughly squish it with a fork/spoon/a weapon of your choice a bowl (it won’t work with an under-ripe avocado).

Recipe 1: For Dry and/or Damaged Hair (Avocado + Olive Oil + Egg Yolk)

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  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Mix together, apply to hair, cover in cling film or a shower cap, and leave for 30+ minutes. You can leave this mask on a lot longer, depending how much time you have. You can even sleep with it on, if you have a way of things not getting messy 😉 Wash off with warm water and a little shampoo. Try not to shampoo the lengths of your hair too much, just the roots.

Recipe 2: For Oily Hair. (Avocado + Honey + Buttermilk)

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  • 1 Ripe Avocado.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey (make sure it’s real honey and not the cheap stuff made of sugar).
  • 2 Tablespoons of Buttermilk. (I know this one is a little hard to find. Other products similar to buttermilk are soured milk and kefir. If you struggle to find any, try normal milk).

The rest is the same as in recipe 1.

Recipe 3: Moisturising mask for Dry / Damaged Hair. (Avocado + Henna + Castor Oil)

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  • 2 Tablespoons of Colourless Henna (you can find this in LUSH or even better, at middle-eastern markets/shops). Add hot water to the henna and leave for about 15 mins.
  • Add 1 Ripe Avocado.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Heated Castor Oil.

This hair mask is really great for brittle, damaged hair that’s prone to breaking.

Recipe 4: Another mask for Oily hair (Avocado + Aloe Vera + Lemon + Sea Salt)

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  • 1 Ripe Avocado.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Aloe Vera (either pre-bottled, or blend a piece of the plant yourself!).
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt.

Leave on for around 30 mins.

Recipe 5: Mask for Speeding Up Hair Growth ( Avocado + Mayonnaise)

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  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise (of course real stuff, no low-fat)

Keep this on for 40-50 mins.

Tips on hair masks: Hair masks work best if you cover them in cling film or something waterproof. To go the extra mile, put  a towel/old hat on top of that to keep your head warm. This will aid blood flow to your scalp, deeper penetration of all the lovely natural ingredients, and do the thing which may be described as the ‘greenhouse effect’ 😉

Don’t forget about the face!

Once you have blended/squished the avocado, but before you add anything to it, give your face a treat too! Apply some to your face, leave for however long you like, and wash off with warm water. This is especially great for dry skin, however those with oily skin can use it too to get all the lovely vitamins, just use a little face wash  afterwards!

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