Avocados might look like an unassuming vegetable but it trumps most vegetables in terms of nutrients. Nutritionists are basically united in saying that it is a complete food. Avocados are rich in potassium, Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, fiber, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper and protein and have been used in treating a ton of skin and hair ailments. The skin should have a label saying, the hair and skin healer, made and produced by nature.
It’s that good… and you will be hard pressed to find anything in nature that works as well for black hair. The avocado itself and the avocado oil are really winners with African American type hair, both natural and processed, this vegetable does not discriminate. Apart from its nutritious goodness, avocado is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. The avocado contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and guard against stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Avocados, with their natural fatty richness are good for skin and hair. It was the Egyptians who first used this fruit because it prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. It is also used to improve the condition of hair by acting as a moisturizer. This fruit makes hair shiny and gorgeous and skin moisturized and supple.
The avocado is used in several commercial preparations, especially conditioners or hair masks but you can make your own avocado hair mask at home and experience your hair going from brittle and dry to soft and shiny. It’s not magic, its avocado.
Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 ripe avocado (peeled)
- 1 Tbsp. Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
- 1 egg
In a blender, put all the ingredients together and blend until smooth. On damp hair, work the ingredients into your hair paying special attention to your hair ends. Be generous with the mask when putting it on. Wrap hair with a plastic cap and leave on hair for an hour or more.
For quicker conditioning, go under an overhead dryer for fifteen minutes. Shampoo hair after and then condition. You can add a variation of carrier and essence oils to the recipe if you so desire. Instead of using jojoba you can use castor oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
Avocados help to hydrate dry skin and it is ideal to use for all types of skin. Using this avocado mask for your face will leave your face, soft, smooth and hydrated. If you are battling with dark spots or scars this mask should be especially beneficial to smooth out your skin tone. Especially if used on a regular basis.
Avocado Facial Mask
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 3-4 drops of Vitamin E oil
In a blender put the peeled avocado and add the Vitamin E oil, blend until the combination is smooth until the mass is smooth. Wash face with warm water alone, this will open up your pores. Pat face until it slightly damp, gently massage the avocado mixture into the face. Allow it to dry completely or to sit on face for 20 minutes to half an hour. Wash off with lukewarm water and do a final rinse with cool water.
For a variation of this facial, for ladies or gents who have dark spots or freckles, you can add a teaspoon of lime or lemon juice to the mixture. For very dry skin, especially in the colder months of the year, add a tablespoon of honey for a good hydration.
These two recipes can be tweaked and refined to suit your needs. Using the avocado alone for hair as a conditioner or as a pre-shampoo treatment works just as well. Adding your favorite essential or carrier oils will bump up the nutritive value of your treatments. Experiment and have fun with your avocado.