I only use the best organic shampoos and conditioners to make sure my hair gets a gentle cleanse with natural, high quality ingredients. But sometimes my hair needs a little extra oomf to help it look shiny and beautiful.
Take a look at my DIY vegan hair mask which is really easy to make. It will infuse your hair with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients to improve the overall health of your strands, and leaves hair smooth and silky.
We often forget that our hair goes through a lot. Blow drying, straightening, colouring, using styling products and exposure to harsh weather can all cause hair to dry out and become damaged and weak.
Avocado contains a host of vitamins and minerals to help repair hair, and is easily adsorbed by your scalp to promote healthier roots. It can even help unblock pores to encourage new, healthier hair growth.
Bananas contain vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and natural oils which can all help improve dry, dull hair. Using them in a hair mask can soften hair and protect its natural elasticity, which means strands are less brittle and can withstand stress from brushing and styling.
They can also make hair look extra shiny, improve split ends, and promote new hair hair growth by providing a gentle exfoliation in your scalp.
Coconut milk acts as an excellent natural scalp tonic. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and can help soothe dry, itchy or irritated skin. It can also help tackle the fungus which is one of the leading causes of dandruff.
It’s packed with Vitamins B, C and E, iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium and lauric acid. There aren’t many natural ingredients that contain as much nourishment as coconut milk, and including it in a hair mask can really revitalise and condition your hair.
Applying coconut oil to your hair can help tame frizz, and protect it from damage from heat exposure and chemical processes such as colouring or perming.
Coconut oil is suitable for all hair types, and infuses strands with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to help achieve hair which is lush, shiny and healthy. It easily penetrates hair follicles and can effectively deliver all its healthy goodness.
Although it may seem counterproductive, olive oil can help remove sebum buildup from your scalp, keeping hair follicles healthy and promoting new hair growth. It can also soften stubborn dandruff flakes and make them easier to wash out when you shampoo.
Olive oil is a natural emollient which smooths hair and makes it more manageable. It can also help protect the keratin in your hair so it’s easier for your strands to retain their moisture.
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/2 Banana
– 50 ml Coconut Milk
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you achieve a smooth paste. Try to avoid any lumps as this makes it easier to spread through your hair and cover your scalp.
Once you’ve applied the mixture all over your hair, gently massage the mixture into your scalp for a few minutes. Remember the healthier your scalp is, the better your hair will look, so it’s important to let the nutrients penetrate your skin as well as your hair.
Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can use a shower cap to catch any drips, or just relax in the bath with a good book.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to protect your hair’s moisture, and rinse thoroughly. The cooler you can manage the water, the more you’ll be able to lock in that essential moisture.
Condition your hair as usual, and gently comb through any tangles. Your hair should already feel softer and easier to manage, and you should notice a big difference once your hair is dry.
About The Author: Louisa Rose is from Cologne, Germany. She runs Body Health Love, where she blogs about health and beauty advice for young women.