I was wondering if someone can give me some advice as to what I may have done wrong with this avocado hair mask.
So I used a recipe which included 1 ripe avocado, 4 tsps each organic raw agave nectar and EVOO, 4 drops rosemary oil, 2 drops peppermint oil. Regrettably, it dried my hair out so bad and made it feel so rough. I shampooed with a coconut oil and Trader Joe’s tea tree shampoo mix (which my hair really loves), then I used the avocado mask, and followed with the Trader Joe’s tea tree conditioner.
The mask made my hair feel rough so I followed with the conditioner but it only softened it a little. Typically my hair is soft and manageable after washing and conditioning but I just wanted to see if this mask would make my curls pop. Needless to say, it didn’t pop…it dried. Also I do have color on my ends so not sure if that was a factor. Any thoughts?
To me peppermint oil is not the best thing to use on dry African American hair. However, it’s wonderful if you frequently experience flaking, itching, or have any kind of fungal growth on your scalp. Peppermint oil has great antiseptic, regenerative and stimulating properties and is often used to boost hair growth.
Rosemary oil applied to the scalp is used in a similar fashion. Rosemary is reported to have stimulating properties, and is frequently used as a tonic, restorative, antiseptic, carminative, digestive, analgesic, antioxidant, antimicrobial and astringent. Rosemary oil is often combined with other essential oils such as tea tree to treat scalp problems such as seborrhic dermatitis and psoriasis.
So to see those two oils with astringent/antiseptic properties used in an enriching type of conditioning treatment for dry hair is rather unusual. I don’t think I would have done that.
Agave nectar is great, but raw locally made honey is more dependable I’ve found… the results are more predictable as a humectant. Avocado is a WONDERFUL conditioner, so that isn’t the issue here. The EVOO didn’t do anything negative to the pH of your hair either… but obviously from your description, something you used had alkaline properties that raised your hair cuticle. That needs to be fixed.
So I would modify your recipe to be like this to address the pH and dryness concerns.
- 1 LARGE ripe avocado (soft to the touch)
- 1 Tablespoon (or a little more) raw honey or agave
- 2 tablespoons EVOO or avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon or so of Aloe Vera juice
Put all in blender or mix with hand blender. Apply to clean, damp hair. Cover with plastic cap and leave on for at least an hour. Rinse. No additional conditioner is necessary. Just add your leave in or FSG or butter and style your hair.
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