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Banana, Avocado & Egg Masks: Good for Hair or Just a Hassle?

• Oct 22, 2012

By Christina of The Mane Objective

I’m a huge fan of DIY when it comes to hair care. Not only does it allow you to save tremendous amounts of money, but you have more control over what ingredients go in (or on) to your hair. Plus to me, it’s fun to experiment, blend, and test out. If you peruse the web, you can find tons of recipes for everything from deep conditioners to styling gels. And for the most part, they’re pretty awesome. But there are those recipes (especially for deep conditioning and repairing) that make some claims that can seem pretty lofty…at least for food. We’re going to explore four of the most popular food masks here.

Oat Flour

Oat flour masks, conditioner mix-ins, and more are touted across the interwebs as an instant hair thickener.

How it’s Done: Mix in a few tablespoons of oat flour (I tried Bob’s Red Mill) into your favorite conditioner, or make a pre-poo mask with oat flour, and some of your favorite oils (or water).

What it’s Supposed to Do: Allegedly, the lipids and the protein in oat flour bind to the keratin in your hair, making it thicker and shiny.

Does it Work?: Sounds good, right? Simple, inexpensive, and miraculous. Unfortunately, this food additive works in theory only. On the molecular level, the particles of protein within oat flour are too large to penetrate the cuticle of hair. Translation: the protein won’t stick to or thicken your hair. All the good stuff goes down the drain. However, a product with hydrolyzed oat flour or oat protein has an altered molecular structure that allows for penetration and promotes thickening of hair. Spare yourself, and leave the oat flour in the kitchen.

If You’re Going to Try it: Be prepared to do at least two or three washes or co-washes. Walking around with little brownish-white granules in your hair probably isn’t such a great idea.

Banana

Even Dr. Oz’ fan site promotes the banana hair mask as the miracle that will moisturize and reverse damage to hair. And let’s face it, who doesn’t at least trust Dr. Oz a smidge? Besides, how terrible could a banana be?

How it’s Done: Pulverize a banana in a mixer, magic bullet, food processor, whatever. It is recommended to mix in supporting ingredients like honey, oils, and/or yogurt.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Moisturize, nourish, impart shine, soften hair, and control scalp issues like dandruff.

Does it Work?: In theory, I could understand how all of the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes could work to nourish and soften hair. In all of my research, I found no evidence to refute any of the claims made. For now, I’ll file this one under yes. However, it may not be worth the hassle.

If You’re Going to Try it: You may be better off with something pre-mixed, like baby food bananas. In my experience (and there are a plethora of people on the web who share the same story), what seemed like a great idea became an impossible task. Despite how well whipped my banana mask was, I ended up with bits of banana stuck all up and through my hair. Like, hopelessly stuck. Stuck as in even a fine-tooth comb and fingernails couldn’t help. Stuck as in I had to wash my hair several times over the course of two days to get all of it out. Of course after so much post-washing, any benefits I might have gained had long gone down the drain.

Avocado

This creamy green fruit has found its way onto many a head of hair over the years, and is a touted ingredient in tons of moisturizing hair products.

How it’s Done: Mash an avocado into a paste, and add enough water (or anything you like, really) to make a creamy mask.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Moisturize, soften and shine hair.

Does it Work?: In one word — YES. The oils in avocados are one of the few that can penetrate the cuticle and actually moisturize hair. Therefore, the ability to soften and moisturize hair doesn’t rest only on how avocado coats the hair, but the moisture will remain after the mask is rinsed down the drain.

If You’re Going to Try it: Make sure to use a soft, ripe avocado. They are easier to work with in terms of making a paste for a mask. Alternatively, if you’re a bit concerned about mashing avocados in your hair, you can opt for avocado oil and reap similar benefits.

Egg

Eggs are famously high in protein, sulfur and biotin. Protein and sulfur are the building blocks of hair, and we all know the role biotin plays in hair growth, health, and strength. Knowing this, why wouldn’t you scramble a few eggs on your scalp?

How it’s Done: Whip up a few eggs, and apply to scalp. Alternatively, you can combine with other ingredients to potentially pack a bigger punch. A common mix-in is avocado.

What it’s Supposed to Do: Strengthen, shine, and prevent breakage.

Does it Work?: Remember what we said about oat protein? Just because you slather it on your hair doesn’t mean your hair is going to soak it up like a sponge. You can swaddle your strands in slabs of beef, and get no protein out of it. If the protein doesn’t have the necessary molecular weight, your hair can’t use it. As far as the sulfur content goes, there may be a little benefit there. Lastly, there is no scientific evidence to support that the hair or scalp can absorb biotin. In my opinion, you’d be better off eating the egg than making a mask of it.

If You’re Going to Try it: Be sure to rinse your egg mask with cool water – not warm or hot. I’d hate for you to have to walk around looking like a toddler threw their breakfast eggs in your hair.

What hair mask recipes have worked wonders for you…or fallen short of their promises?

About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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66 Comments on "Banana, Avocado & Egg Masks: Good for Hair or Just a Hassle?"

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Inf
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I too learned the hard way that avocado and banana diy’s aren’t worth the clean up time. Avocado oil is great though and I use it in my prepoo all the time.

Nic
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Bananas. Never. Again.

Antoinette
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I tried that banana in the hair thing once. Rinsed my hair couldn’t see it cause I was at the kitchen sink; it was so soft and curly. Until I went in the bathroom and had chunks of banana all throughout my hair.I also had to wash my hair over and over to get it all out. I wish there was a simpler way to do that. Right now I make a mask of: egg, olive oil, mayonnaise, and honey. That works; and it’s easy to rinse out.

Nicole H
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Good to know about the avocado. I was wondering, is just as beneficial to use avocado oil? Or is it best to use the fresh stuff.… if I can avoid mashing a fruit in my hair … I WILL! *shivers at bad memories*

meowmix
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Hi I’ve done both and will cosign with the article. Avocado oil as a prepoo has made my hair soft and moist.

merry
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i eat avocado. would not put it on my hair. more benefits to the overall body will come from actually ingesting the avocado.

Landry
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+1 I absolute love avocados.…to eat. I have never tried to use one on my hair. I like to keep my hair regimen as simple and mess-free as possible.

I no longer use clays or ayurvedic powders for this reason. And…my hair is thriving!

LBell
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+2…avocados cost too damn much and taste too damn good. When it comes to hair products I’m all about cost-per-use and unfortunately $1.50 (or more in my neck of the woods) is too expensive. If I make it to a Trader Joe’s (nearest one is 2 hours away) I can sometimes get avocados for 75 cents each but even THEN I’m not putting one on my hair! lol

Bananas on the other hand…I’ve never tried it but I’m wondering if you puree the heck out of it in a blender would that make it easier to remove?

For the Love of Curls
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I was thinking the same thing, “avocados cost too damn much and taste too damn good”! I will be using the oil but not the fruit. Thanks anyway.

NikNak
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Moreover, Avocados aren’t cheap for me to be rubbing it up in my hair when there are products specifically formulated to do a better job and would end up cheater.

Vonnie
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I also do the egg/mayo/honey DC concoction. Definitely had a few times where I to pick out egg from my hair lol. I whip it thoroughly and rinse with cool water and have had no problems since. The other mixes.…..yeah not worth trying. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Treasure0806
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I love doing the egg/mayo/honey. One time, I thought it’d be more effective if I warmed the mixture in the microwave. DUMB mistake! I had so many egg pieces (that had cooked) in my head that I washed for a good 20 minutes and it still wasn’t fully out. So embarrassing!

JustLeavingaComment
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ROTFL!

luminous
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LOL! These stories are hilarious. I LOVE the hair smoothie I make: banana, avocado, egg, honey, & coconut oil. I mix it in a bowl with a hand blender. I apply it to dry hair and leave it on for 2 hours with a shopping bag over my hair. I have never had any problems rinsing it out. I don’t even use shampoo on my hair. I cleanse with apple cider vinegar rinse and terressentials mud wash afterwards. My hair had never been more moisturized or shinier. **Kanye shrug**

NuNatural
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I use combination of avocado, honey, and coconut oil as a conditioner after a castile soap wash and olive/carrot oil prepoo. It works wonders on my hair, literally restoring the body that has been lost due to 20 years of over-processing, heat and color damage. It keeps very well when refrigerated. If you are going to try this I suggest parting the hair into section and applying with relaxer/color/tint brush. Leave in for 30 minutes and rise. I find the avocado rinses much easier than the banana conditioner.

Lillian Mae
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Egg >_
Never…
Again…

Elise Lin
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I’m afraid to put avocado and banana in my hair, for the reasons mentioned. What I’ve used for food on my hair is full fat plain yoghurt with honey (honey has been heated since I heard it otherwise could lighten the hair a little). It works for me. Maybe it’s not the protein but the pH level of the yoghurt and the fat. It’s nice as a facial as well, and for the tummy 😛 Maybe it’s gonna be even better when I add some (avocado) oil.

Tiffany
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I used to use avocado mixed with olive oil, but I’d have to wait until the avocado is brownto mash it up because the pulp is very hard to get out of your hair.

Avril
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This article was funny and love reading the ladies’ stories

I haven’t tried any of these! Like one poster said, if it is not broken don’t fix it.

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rtoriq
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Well that opening pic shol look nasty. LOL

Me
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Right. Look like some carrots and corn up in there too. HA!!! I am happy the avocado works at least b/c I haven’t tried it yet but have been wanting to. I figured that with benefits that avocado oil has, and the the fruit’s creamy soft flesh, it would be pretty boss as an ingredient with any homemade DC treatment. The banana baby food works really good on my daughter’s hair; it makes it really soft and shiny but I haven’t used it on my own hair yet. The conditioner of my dreams has avocado, coconut milk (oh.……that stuff is… Read more »
For the Love of Curls
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The stories made my day. LMBO!

Zoopath
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I’ve been very resistant to using food items in my hair but I must admit that adding honey to my conditioner has really helped my hair retain moisture. I achieved a 5 day WNG recently by mixing my conditioner with honey and oil.

luminous
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Just wanted to share Laila’s, of Fusion of Culture Youtube channel, hair smoothie videos which feature avocado, banana, and egg. I’ve tried it and it’s the TRUTH!!! LOL!

http://youtu.be/sG5fyC-cll0
http://youtu.be/3qhMLI6WyIA

Natalie
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I’m with the majority here it just isn’t worth the hassle. I have tried all the above plus yoghurt which I get free from work at lunch so why not. Naptural85 has a great yoghurt conditioner recipe which I enjoy using. I’ve also tried oat milk, just make porrigde and strain it and use the stuff in your hair but you have to wash it out a lot as it leaves tiny little specs and made my hair feel very stiff. I also tried okra, yes that’s right okra, again a real hassle due to the cooking and chunks. I… Read more »
luminous
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Wow! Okra? LOL!

Pat
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Avocado oil and egg (mixed with oil and guiness- my mom does this) works well for my hair

mangomadness
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Banana: I’ve used a yogurt/castor oil/banana baby food mixture as a pre-poo in the past and loved the results (soft, smooth hair strands). I have to revisit it soon.

Avocado: I’ve used it before. I prefer eating avocados to conditioning my hair with them.

Egg: Egg treatments and mayo treatments make my hair feel slightly stronger. If I were into protein treatments, they’d be the ones I’d use.

sissimpson
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Bananas? What a mess.…picking pieces for days.

Just did two eggs last week. I found it to be a wonderful treatment !

RisesPhoenix
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My go-to deep conditioner mix is simple but makes ny hair soft, strong and defined. I start with a 50–50 mix of plain yogurt and conditioner, then I add coconut milk powder and olive oil. If my hair has been dry I will also add some molasses and aloe vera gel. Works like a charm every time. The conditioner is “extra rich conditioner base” from Organic Crearions. It’s unscented and all-natural and a GALLON is only $35 but its rich and thick and works very well. I also love what avocados do to my hair but I agree that it’s… Read more »
Stace
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I have tried egg. You definitely have to mix the egg with some simple conditioner or mayo otherwise your hair will tangle like all hell. I always get good results using this as a pre-poo. Makes my hair feel more manageable, shiner, and stops shedding and breakage.

JenniB
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I love using avocados to condition my hair. I usually buy my avocados from Costco (they sell a big bag for $4.99). Even when I have recipes using avocados planned for dinner & lunch, I usually have a couple that get too mushy, so I put them in a food processor with olive oil and some honey. It comes out smooth & creamy, and feels a lot like conditioner going on my hair. It’s easy to rinse out that way & makes my hair look so healthy & shiny.

Tania
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I have used banana,mayo, and evoo one time .……it was THE WORST to get out of my hair! !! However, my hair did feel extra soft and moistures. Now I do a honey, mayo and olive oil dc. I put it on the shower but it’s really runny due to me heating the honey up. I put a cap on plus tie a t-shirt around it to keep it warm and catch the drips. 30 minutes after rinse out w conditioner and my hair feel great! ! I don’t think I’ll ever buy aanother DC again! !

Antoinette
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I would like to try one of these treatments but I’m new at this and dont know where to begin…my hair is extremely dry and I read in many of your posts that the avocado, honey, oil etc combos work well to help strengthen and alleviate dry hair what combo works best and how much of each ingredient to use?

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luna
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I live in Zimbabwe I have 6 avocado trees in my yard. Thanks for the tips, the birds have to share with me lol!

Racheal
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I am finishing up a banana mask now and I agree that baby food is better. Last time it took two or three washes to reduce the banana clumps. Today it took multiple washes and a detailed detangle with a denman. I like the smell, shine, danduff help but hate the clumps

Liz
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Any chance you could share where the research is that you’ve found? I’ve been looking all over the internet for some legitimate information on this stuff, and I’m coming up with nothing. Just a bunch of Dr Oz fan sites and “OMG Natural Stuffs Really Wurks!” type things.

lanny
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You should try, Banana, honey and egg that stuff really work. I smash the banana, cas my blender stop working. I beat the eggs and add 3 spoon of honey, apply to my hair and cover with a plastic cap ‘prepoo’. The banana took a while to get out but it was worth the time. my hair stop breaking and they were stonger and felt silky. Remember after the mask u need a deep cleaning conditioner, I used olive oil replenishing con with a plastic cap then I use knot today as a leave in conditioner.good luck.

Digital Panacea
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There are some great ideas here — I am keen to try something with bananas too. I had a go at a honey and avocado hair mask which was not at all successful for me! I have fine, blond hair and it made it very dry. I have seen a few variations that also use olive oil, which may be worth another try in the future.
http://www.thedigitalpanacea.com/adventures-in-diy-natural-beauty-2-avocado-and-honey-hair-mask/

Kendriah
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I 1/2 an Avocado with one or two tablespoon of olive oil and wear my plastic cap for about 30–40 minutes. My hair is always super shiny silky soft and manageable after. This treatment works wonders for my hair and has become a staple for me. My boyfriend jokes that one of these days he is gonna eat my hair lol.

Kellee
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Helloooo my natural sisters!!! As I was reading the posts I noticed that some sisters had trouble with blending the bananas. Ladies, I have found a lovely solution to that. Freeze them first! and then thaw them in warm water. The result — old mushy, soupy bananas that will blend easily, no debris left over! I found this out by accident. I buy bananas on my regular shopping trip, but I never seem to finish them before they start to get spotty, so instead of throwing them away, I started putting them in the freezer to save for my wash… Read more »
Ahfi
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Kellee, does this repair or stop hair breakage? Thanks.

Kellee
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Hi Ahfi! If you have damaged ends, I would suggest cutting them off first. Then use the treatment each time before you wash your hair. It has been shown to prevent breakage and encourage hair growth. Friend me on Facebook; Kellee Raheem Brooks and I will tag you in before/after pictures from when I cut my hair earlier this year…

Clara
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When I was a kid I had very long hair and everybody used to tell me it was very shiny and soft and I remember my mom always putting something on it. Avocado with olive oil, beaten eggs with olive oil, cow milk (not processed) with olive oil, honey with olive oil, also the slimy part from aloe vera plant and everything must have olive oil but it worked now that I just cut my hair i’m going to start doing it because I noticed my hair is breaking really easy.

Irene
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I would find it very difficult not to eat the ingredients for this mask…

Kellee
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lol

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valerie
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I bleached my hair a lot so which one would be best for my hair my hair dose not want to grow and its very thin and it brakes real easy

Kellee
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Valerie — you might end up needing to cut off the damaged ends before it gets worse…I had a similar situation back in 2006, I had the color/bleach for about a year and half, but my ends were getting really dry and splitting too…but thankfully, after that year and a half, I had enough length to cut the dry/bleached ends off without it being a big chop, although it was significantly shorter.

Alisa
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I’ve used banana before, and like the author, it left my hair sticky and full of tiny bits of banana. Never again will I try banana! I’ve also tried a brown sugar scalp scrub like the one found at Curly Nikki: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/07/honey-brown-sugar-scalp-massage.html That was a loud and resounding NO! as well. It left my hair sticky and took multiple washed over many days for my hair to feel clean again. I’ve also used honey and egg, but only when I do mayo deep conditioners haven’t really noticed a difference in my hair with those). With all of these fails, I’m… Read more »
valencia
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My simple go too homemade deep condish consists of a jar of banana baby food, cocoa powder (my hair loves chocolate), grapeseed oil (or whichever works for you), and honey. I try to do this weekly but if not then bi-weekly. If I need to give an added boost to my hair I will add greek yogurt to this mix. My hair is soft, shiny, and very manageable afterwards. It is also easy to wash out without losing what you just put in.

Kristen
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Thats a great Idea! What type of texture is your hair?

AB
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It helps to sieve your Avocado or banana mixtures after mixing, with a very tight sieve, to avoid bits in your hair. Better yet, use a smoothie maker and blend it to perfection. Tried and tested, no bits guaranteed! 🙂
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Tiffany
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I have used egg in my hair with great success, personally. I have used it with a tiny bit of mayo and it keeps my hair frizz free for days. I have tried banana, but it didn’t make a huge difference, and I have an avocado in my hair right now as I type this, do this will be interesting. I don’t think there is one size fits all when it comes to food for hair. Everyone’s different and I suggest trying these diy hair treatments at least once to see if it works for you. If I may add… Read more »
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Pseudonym
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Egg + coconut oil gives me dreamy curl definition and weighs down my curls a bit so wash n’ gos last a lot longer (b/c they’re strands are less likely to tangle up). Also, myth about rinsing: hot shower water will wash out the egg before it has time to cook. BTW, you guys post a lot of contradictory/conflicting articles on this site. There’s one recommending eggs and avocados and then you have this. Then we’re supposed to do protective styles, then we’re not. Use x, y, z oil for gorgeous hair, then x, y, z oil are useless. A… Read more »
Adrian
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are you 4c? and is this before you wash, after or condition?

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Genese
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I came across this article yesterday and headed straight for the supermarket for an avocado because I just dont do bananas!!! But I love being able to make my own hair products and spend less doing so! I’m a new natural and we ALL know how easy it is to become a PJ ????.…. I mixed: half an avocado 2 tbs of coconut oil/olive oil/honey 1 egg (I forgot to add mayo) Applied it after my apple cider rinse and slept with it overnight. Washed it out with my trader Joe’s tea tree tingle shampoo (only my scalp) and let… Read more »
Caramel
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Plantains can be used instead of bananas, esp the very ripe ones. My hair seems to love it.

Whitney Cummings
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I tried about two weeks ago, an alvocado, olive oil (1–2 tablespoons) and peppermint extract (about 3–5 drops) and let sit with heat for about 20–30 min depending on damage and I sware by the stuff! I use my nutribullet to blend it because yes the chunks the first time were horrible for mixing into my hair so in some spots it felt like nothing got to it. However this last time was amazing!! Also lasted about 2 weeks with no frizz and super soft!

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