Benefits of Avocado for Natural Hair

08/10/2013 | By | More

I’m thinking about changing my name to Deborrah “The Avocado Queen” Cooper. LOL!

For real though, I really and truly believe in the benefits of the Hass avocado – not only for care and nourishment of our natural hair, but for our skin and health. I use both whole fresh avocados and organic avocado oil. I have to say that although I’ve tried the Florida avocados (the large ones with the smooth skin), I prefer the rich buttery taste of the Hass type.

Benefits of Avocados for Your Physical and Hair Healthavocado

There are many different ways to benefit from adding avocados to your diet and hair conditioning regime.

  • Add slices of avocado to your omelette, sandwich, tacos, burgers or burritos
  • Add avocado chunks to your salads
  • Stuff avocados with shrimp or tuna salad
  • Add avocados to your smoothies
  • Eat avocado as snacks
  • Mash avocados into guacamole and eat it with tortilla chips
  • Blend avocado with other ingredients and use it as a hair treatment
  • Serve avocados as an appetizer in dips or an addition to canapes

There are a million things you can do with avocados that do nothing but make you your skin and your hair healthier.

With Black Americans suffering and dying from hypertension and other heart-related diseases, avocados with their high content of monosaturated fat that raise HDL (good cholesterol), potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, iron, niacin and other B vitamins, folic acid, and zinc, avocados are indispensable to natural hair wearers and for the female body.  Eating an avocado 3-4 days per week would be a great addition to the diets of most Americans.

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Avocado Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

This vegetarian take on the BLT makes for a lighter, equally rich lunch. The heart-healthy fats from the avocados fill you up, while providing a creamy texture.  The taste is great.

Ingredients

Fat-free mayonnaise, whole-grain bread, romaine lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, Swiss cheese

Calories: 305

 

Avocado Banana Conditioning Mask

Ingredients

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  • Avocado
  • Egg yolks
  • Honey
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Take a Hass avocado, peel and cut it into half (you can also use one full avocado depending on the length of your hair and size of the avocado). Smash it until it becomes a paste.
Then take half a banana and add about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix it well with the avocado paste.
Then take 1-2 egg yolks and mix with the banana and avocado mixture in a blender until it is soft.

Application

  1. Make sure your hair is dry. Start applying the avocado and banana conditioner from the top section of your hair. Avoid applying the conditioner to your scalp – this is for your hair only.
  2. Work your way down the hair shaft, concentrating on the hair ends, as the ends are more likely to be the driest and most damaged.
  3. Leave the conditioner for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse it out with cool water to avoid cooking egg into your hair. You will see that your hair will be soft and shiny.

Rosemary Avocado Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe

This is a recipe for a nourishing and hydrating hair mask made from avocados and coconut oil.

Ingredients

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  • 2 whole fresh avocados
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 20-40 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in electric blender.
  2. Paint on hair, then squeeze to distribute evenly. Avoid scalp.
  3. Leave in 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  4. Shampoo and condition as you normally would.

What are the Benefits of an Avocado Conditioner?

Banana nourishes your hair and prevents the hair from getting frizzy.
Avocado helps in hair growth and conditions and moisturizes your hair.
Olive oil makes your hair healthy and shinier.
Honey is a natural humectant which draws moisture into the hair shaft. It also adds sheen to your hair and it can also be used to lighten your hair.

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