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I'm asking for a good homemade hair mask recipe for dry hair. My hair used to be
silky and soft, but it's now in really bad condition after one too many hair dye
jobs. It's terribly dry at the ends, has no shine and feels almost like straw. I'm
using Kerastase products but they're too expensive for a broke student like me. Please
advise on how can I make my hair soft and shiny again? – Sabrina, Iowa.
Avocado Hair Mask Recipe for Dry Hair
I'm so happy to share with you this all-natural avocado hair mask that only costs
pennies to make and will do wonders for softening painfully dry, brittle hair.
Avocado is one of the best natural ingredients for hair treatments because avocado
oil is loaded with many essential Vitamins and proteins that are needed to help condition
and hydrate the scalp and hair.
In addition, studies have shown that avocado oil penetrates the skin (and hair shaft)
more easily and deeply than almond, olive and safflower oils. Hence, the avocado
fruit makes an ideal deep-condition hair treatment to deliver protein and nutrients
that nourish dry brittle, or frizzy hair. What's more, avocado has natural sunscreen
properties to protect hair against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
I'd suggest you use the avocado hair mask every other day for the first week to help
restore your hair's lost moisture and nutrients, and once or twice a week thereafter
to maintain and protect against dryness.
As an added bonus, this super rich avocado hair mask can also double as a moisturizing
face mask for dry skin. If your skin is naturally oily, simply add ½ teaspoon freshly
squeeze lemon juice.
The answer to your second question – how can I make my hair soft and shiny again
– is very simple.
First up, limit the use of heat styling appliances such as hair dryers, flat irons
and hot rollers as they will worsen dry damaged hair. If you really must use heat,
my advice is to prep your mane with a protective solution or serum before you style.
Try Aveda Damage Control Spray. And, make sure to avoid hair sprays or gels that
contain alcohol, which will dry out your hair.
Frequent hair washing can do more harm than good for damaged hair. Some shampoos
may contain harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip your locks
of its natural oils, leaving it dry and lifeless. Therefore you want to shampoo your
hair every other day, unless it's overly greasy.
Also, don't forget to use a high-quality protein-based conditioner to strengthen
brittle hair shafts. Condition only the length of your hair and avoid the roots,
if your hair is oily.
Pampering your hair with a weekly mask deep conditioning regimen is absolutely essential.
This will revitalize nutrient deprived, weak hair and repair damage caused by too
many chemical treatments such as perms, hair relaxing, hair coloring, and hair bleaching.
Last but not least, eat a wide variety of protein-rich foods, particularly foods
that are high in biotin, to keep hair healthy, shiny and bounce with life. Your healthy
hair menu should include foods such as oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, and tuna),
oysters, chicken, and turkey.
Beans, nuts (Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds and pecans) eggs, and green leafy
vegetables (spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard) are among the best foods to repair dry
DIY Avocado Hair Mask Recipe
1 ripe avocado (medium to long hair)
2 tablespoons natural plain yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ tablespoon honey (optional)
How to make an avocado hair mask at home
1. Peel avocado, remove seeds and mash flesh with the back of a fork. Transfer to
a bowl. Add yogurt, olive oil and honey (if using). Mix into a thick, smooth and
2. Part your hair into a few sections, and generously spread the avocado hair mask
through your hair. Make sure to cover all hair. Using fingertips, gently massage
it into your scalp and hair for 4-5 minutes. Your hands will also feel velvety smooth
and soft from taking time massaging the mask into your locks.
3. Cover your hair with either saran wrap or wear an old shower cap. Leave it on
for at least 30 minutes to maximize the deep conditioning treatment and then wash
Take note that avocados are perishable, therefore it is best you use your homemade
avocado hair mask immediately, or keep it in the refrigerator for no longer than
48 hours. To keep avocado hair treatment fresh, cover bowl tightly with a plastic
You can tweak this homemade avocado hair mask recipe by substituting yogurt with
a ripe banana and an egg. Both ingredients are very moisturizing and will make your
hair incredibly smooth and glossy!