Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday’s Formula/Tasty Tresses: Avocados (ongoing contest)

It’s getting cold in my neck of the woods! I’ll be gearing up to start sporting some protective styles. This week’s Tasty Tresses is avocados. The flesh can be used alone or mixed with other ingredients for a wonderful hair treatment. The oil from this fruit has the capability to penetrate the hair shaft. And I also learned that you can use the pit as a massage tool! :-)

What’s on the menu for your mane #4 – Avocados

AVOCADO: The flesh of this fruit is 75 percent fat and up to 25 percent oil. Avocado is high in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as minerals, and is an excellent emollient and moisturizer for the hair and skin, particularly dry conditions.

Here are some avocado hair recipes I found that use common ingredients:

Avocado Dry Hair Conditioner
1/2 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
Combine all ingredients. Work the mixture through your shampooed hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic bag to allow for your body heat to accentuate the conditioning effect, and leave the mixture on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Avocado & Honey Conditioning Mask
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup honey
Scoop out flesh of avocado and mash. Add honey and combine thoroughly. Apply to dry hair. Cover with plastic cap and wrap towel around head. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and follow with shampoo.

Avocado & Mayo Conditioner
1 mashed avocado
1/2 cup plain mayonnaise
Take mashed avocado and mix with mayonnaise. Massage the mixture into your dry hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap and wait 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture out with cool water and shampoo afterwards with a gentle shampoo.

Tropical Deep Conditioner Recipe
1 peeled and mashed avocado
1 cup coconut milk
Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk in a small bowl. Heat in microwave for approx. 45 seconds. Stir. Test temperature. Massage mixture into hair. Wrap hair in a hot towel or cover with shower cap for 15 minutes. Rinse out and shampoo.

The ways in which you can use avocado as a hair conditioner are endless. I’m sure you can seek out dozens more recipes if this has peaked your curiosity. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I puree avocado with some water in the blender to use in hair concoctions – food chucks left in your hair is NOT COOL!

~Ongoing contest (click here for details and rules)~

Can you guess what next week’s hair food (or drink) will be?

Leave your entry below in the comment section. Stay warm!

Thanks for reading. Be blessed!


* Other recipes can be found in the "hair recipe" category to the right


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