I have wanted to host a few guest posts on Blonde Amy as a way to not only share amazing content, but also to ensure a lot more posts go out regularly as you’re well aware I’m a little bit rubbish keeping up with a schedule, soz. Today is very exciting, as Lou is sharing a DIY hair mask recipe. This requires only a few products and your hair will seriously thank you. So I’ll quit my rambling, and let Lou take over…
What’s the best way to get healthy looking hair which is strong and shiny? Treat it gently with natural products that provide essential nutrients so each strand stays supple and hydrated.
Because traditional shampoos often contain ingredients that can dry out your hair and irritate your skin, I like to use organic shampoos and conditioners when I wash my hair. Then, to infuse it with a little extra goodness, I love creating my own DIY hair mask, so my hair and scalp can benefit from the added vitamins and minerals.
Avocado is one of the best ingredients to help you achieve hair which is shiny and supple. It is full of beneficial properties that can help restore dry, damaged hair, and penetrates cuticles to infuse them with moisture, vitamins, minerals and folic acid.
Your scalp can easily absorb all the nutrients in avocado, and it can help stimulate new hair growth and protect it from further damage. It is especially high in Vitamin E, a skin loving antioxidant which nourishes hair cells and strengthens your roots.
The perfect way to protect your hair’s natural elasticity is using banana in a hair mask. The extra potassium, Vitamin B6 and essential oils all help soften hair and make it more resistant to breakages.
Between styling, chemical processes and environmental factors, your hair really does go through a lot. Bananas can help protect your strands from further damage, and condition hair to add extra shine.
You may be familiar with the benefits of using coconut oil on your hair, but coconut milk can also enhance your hair’s natural beauty by infusing it with vitamins, niacin, folate and healthy fats.
Coconut milk naturally deep conditions your hair, making it easier to work through tangles and restoring brittle strands which are prone to breakages. It can also help soothe dry, irritated skin, and provides a welcoming soothing sensation when you apply it on your scalp.
To achieve that perfect look, we’re prepared to expose our hair to excessive heat and chemical processes. But coconut oil is the perfect way to protect it from further damage, and can nourish hair with vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil easily penetrates hair shafts and can reduce protein loss, one of the main reasons your hair might be struggling to maintain its moisture. It also acts as a natural sunscreen, and can reduce the harmful effects of UV rays.
Olive oil contains oleic acid, which is often found in skin care products as it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is a natural emollient with softening qualities, and can improve your hair’s manageability so it’s stronger and easier to style.
It also infuses strands with Vitamins A, E and antioxidants, and can help promote new hair follicles to increase natural growth.
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/2 Banana
– 50 ml Coconut Milk
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Add all the ingredients into a blender, and mix until you achieve a smooth paste. The riper the banana is, the easier it will be to get rid of any lumps. A smooth mixture is much easier to rinse out later.
Apply it all over your hair and scalp, making sure your spread the mixture right down to the ends. Healthy hair starts at the roots, so you want to let your skin absorb as many nutrients as possible.
Leave the DIY hair mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. When I have the time, I enjoy relaxing in the bath with a good book (this also helps avoid getting mixture all over the place). If I’ve got other things to get on with, I put a shower cap on to avoid any drips.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to protect the natural oils you need to maintain that essential moisture, and then condition your hair as usual.
Once it’s dry, your hair should feel silky and smooth, and with regular use you should notice an increase in natural hair growth. I regularly get compliments about my hair after using this mask, and love sharing my recipes with you so you can try them out.
Will you be trying out this DIY hair mask? What tips do you have to keep your hair healthy?
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.