Sunday, 2 June 2013

DIY: Avocado Deep Conditioner

Avo-conditioner  after 4 days stored in fridge

Here's a post I'll keep short and simple.

I had tons of avocados lying around. I love to eat them. But they're great for hair too!

This is a deep conditioner I made on a whim, intended to be a perfect blend of moisturising and strengthening.

  • Half of a ripe avocado
    Contains protein and fatty acids essential for hair health and the oil within contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene
  • 1/4 cup natural carrier oil
    Any good plant-based non-mineral oil should be okay. I used my DIY oil blend which includes hemp oil among others.
  • 3 tbsp honey
    Has humectant properties meaning it attracts moisture as well as it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties; also adds a smooth/slippery consistency
  • 4 tbsp aloe vera juice
    Moisturizing and healing and contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene
  • 1 tbsp - coconut oil:
    Considered to be one of the most nourishing hair oils. Excellent ability to protect and strengthen the hair as it penetrates deeply within the hair shaft.
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt*
    Natural conditioner with pro-hair milk proteins
  • 1 tbsp commercial deep conditioner*
    I used ORS Hair Mayonnaise. This was just used to give an added boost
  • 1 tsp Hibiscus powder*
    In addition to the beautiful scent, helps promote hair growth and shine

* Indicates optional ingredient I added just for fun, but probably not necessary

1) Blend contents together with a hand mixer or blender.
A generous amount of oil and aloe vera is used to ensure a smoother texture. Avocado has a tendency to have lumps and if the finished product is not smooth enough, these lumps can stick in your hair and become a pain to wash out.

2) Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and leave in for 25 minutes with heat or longer without.

3) Use immediately or store in fridge in an air-tight container. I don't recommend keeping it for longer than a week.

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