I love playing in hair products, but I love playing in the kitchen more. I blended a hair mask with four simple, organic ingredients to add nutrients to my curls as a part of my wash day routine. Heads up, this is not a vegan recipe.
1 ripe banana
1/2 ripe medium avocado
1/2 cup coconut water
9 teaspoons of honey
Bananas are rich in potassium, high in natural oils and other vitamins, softens the strands, adds a healthy glow, and helps prevent breakage. Avocados are a rich source of protein, amino acids, and vitamins that aid in hair growth, rejuvenation, revitalization, as well as repairing damaged hair and strengthening strands. Coconut water hydrates dry scalp, works as a deep moisturizer, and is rich in lauric acid which helps in improving the strength of hair. Honey has humectant properties that help regulate and retain moisture in the hair.
I cracked open a fresh coconut from the farmers’ market and poured the water into a bowl with the other ingredients, then I used an emulsion blender to whip up a rich, creamy mask. I applied the mask in sections from roots to tips, after spritzing my hair with warm water and gently detangling. The mask glides onto wet hair easier than dry hair. Once my hair was saturated, I covered it with a plastic cap and let it sit for 1 hour.
After my hour was up, I used the ION line for cleansing. I used color solutions sulfate-free shampoo and moisture solutions conditioner. I don’t usually use inorganic or unnatural products, but with my recent blonde dye job, I purchased a line of products specifically for color treated hair. My hair stylist Hikmah, owner of Heir Studios Salon in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, uses ION products and I trust her opinion, so I did the same. After rinsing the shampoo out of my hair, I let my conditioner sit for five minutes, rinsed, and then sprayed a generous amount of repair solutions leave-in conditioner.
Afterward I separated my hair into ten sections and massaged Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk leave-in moisturizer into my hair. Then I applied Jane Carter Solution curl defining cream to smaller bundles of curls and let my hair air dry. My curls were full, soft, bouncy, and felt healthy.
Do you love making your own hair products or have any go-to ingredients for pretty hair? If so, what’s your favorite? Don’t be stingy – Write me below!