For my hair there’s absolutely no way around regular deep conditioners. Even when I’m not in the mood, I know that without some sort of deep conditioner my wash-n-go will be dry and frizzy, my roller sets will look like hay, and I’ll be compromising my precious, precious, ends. Here are a few of the DIY hair masks I use that you can actually eat. These are super easy, you don’t even need a recipe, you can totally eyeball it. Just mix, apply, and use your idle time to snack.
First up, banana and coconut milk. Coconut milk is a natural conditioner with proteins and good fats. You can use it on it’s own or dilute it with water and make a daily mist spray. Bananas have potassium that strengthens hair, plus they have plenty of natural oils (and water) that dry hair will just eat up. I like to overdo it and use two (or more!) bananas for my thick hair and mash them with about a cup or two of the coconut milk. Whatever’s left of my mixture gets warmed up and served over rice. You can even sprinkle a little cinnamon on top if you’ve got it.
Avocados have tons of Vitamin B that help with hair growth, Vitamin E which is good for a healthy scalp, and good fats that help with elasticity. Honey is a natural humectant and attracts moisture— you know what that means— more shine! I like to add a bit of water to this mix, since the honey can be hard to work with. For the snack version, spread avocado on toast, drizzle a little honey, and add sea salt.
Strawberries are packed with alpha hydroxy acids that can remove dead skin from your scalp and Greek yogurt (as we all know) is an amazing conditioner. The protein in Greek yogurt really saved me when I was transitioning, plus it’s more gentle than store bought products. If you like to do protein treatments often, I suggest using Greek yogurt and taking the gentle route. Get a big jar and a few extra berries to munch on.
If you’ve got a DIY hair mask, I wanna hear it! Have you used any of these ingredients? How did your hair react? (Also, if you’re curious, my fabulous hand model Angelica is wearing OPI polish in “Cajun Shrimp”)