Whipped Avocado, Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Whipped Avocado, Honey, and Olive Oil Hair Mask

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I’m trying to take better care of my hair. I’ve been admittedly not-so-great at hair care in past years—it’s been dyed and fried and bleached and neglected. And while I believe that a lot of the formula to healthy hair (and skin and nails) comes from what you put inside your body (good food and lots of water), I also think there are somethings you can do externally to help keep your hair shiny, soft and smooth. And one of my new favorites is this all-natural hair mask.

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When I was in high school, I used to have at-home spa days where I’d pick up a packet (or two, because my hair is so thick) of a chemical-laden deep conditioning treatment and let it sit on my hair while I painted my toes and watched 90210 reruns. I always loved how soft and shiny my hair was after those treatments, but now that I’m a little more conscious about the chemicals I put in and on my body, I thought I’d test out some all-natural conditioning treatments. There are a ton of recipes and formulas out there—and I’ve tried a lot of them—but this combo is my favorite. Not only because it makes my hair soft and shiny, but also because it has ingredients that I almost always have on hand.

avocado honey olive oil

The same fats and oils in avocado that make them good for your body, also makes it a great option for helping to repair dry, brittle or damaged hair. Olive oil is also extremely hydrating, and it helps protect your hair from damange—an awesome thing if you use a lot of heat on your hair usually. And honey is packed with scalp- and hair-strengthening vitamins (plus, it helps coat your hair strands and retain moisture). You can also toss in a few drops of lavender essential oil, which is a natural treatment for the scalp—helping to keep dandruff and itchy skin at bay. Oh, and it smells good, too.

The key to getting this mask to really get in deep and hydrate your hair is heat. There are a few different ways to go about this. My preferred method is to apply the mask to damp hair, wrap it up in a shower cap and then apply heat—either with a blow dryer or, my favorite, sitting out in the warm Spring sunshine! I let it rest on my noggin for a good 30-45 minutes, about the amount of time it takes to get through a magazine. Then I rinse and wash with my normal shampoo and condition.

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I tend to have oily roots (although, it is SO much better now that I only wash my hair a few times a week), so I try not put the mask on the first inch or so of my hair, but if your entire hair is frizzy or dry, slop that stuff on everywhere! And make sure you really slather it on your ends. If your hair doesn’t need a lot of conditioning, you can do this once a month, or even less frequently, but if your hair is really asking for a drink, you could do it ever couple of weeks. I would say that if your hair is normally thin or limp, I’d skip this mask—it’s really deep conditioning and might weigh your hair down (which is an awesome thing for my thick and wavy hair).

Enjoy!

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Whipped Avocado, Olive Oil and Honey Hair Mask

Makes enough for my thick, shoulder-length hair (double it for longer hair)

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and scooped out
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Tools

  • Bowl and hand-mixer or stand-mixer
  • Hair clip (for longer hair)
  • Shower cap
  • Hair dryer or a sunny day

Directions

  1. In a small mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the avocado, olive oil, honey and essential oil. Whip on high until light in color and smooth.
  2. Dampen hair with water. Spread mask onto hair, paying particular attention to the ends (feel free to rub it in a bit). Clip your hair onto the top of your head, cover with shower cap, and heat—either using a hair dryer for 15 minutes or by sitting in the sun for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Remove shower cap, rinse out mask, and then wash and condition hair as usual. [/box]

What’s your normal hair care routine? Anyone else make their own hair masks?

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52 Comments

I don’t normally do hair masks, but I do dye my hair with henna which helps make it stronger. I also use goat’s milk shampoo bars followed with an apple cider vinegar rinse and coconut oil. The girl who cuts my hair is always amazed at how healthy it is and by the lack of split ends for the length of my hair. (It’s mid-back)

thank you for this amazing natural mask, i have one question pleaz. If i want to make a big quantity so i can use some of it every week without having to do the same process every time will the mask stay as good as it is in its first day? thank you

Can I ask you a question, I’m in the process of color correction, for the most part I’m near the end but someone told me that the avocado will actually lock color in??? do you know if that’s true? Because I’m trying to remove some unwanted colors, but am also trying to repair my hair along the way. Thank you in advance for any advice

I warm olive oil and argan oil plus lavender and rub it all through my dry hair as much as possible, really saturate it, clip it up in a bun and then leave for about 4 hours, then put the shampoo onto the hair directly then add water and hsampoo as normal with a good conditioner, this helps my hair soooo much as i blow dry my hair all the time so this is good xxx

I have been using an avocado, honey, lemon juice as a face mask twice a week. After the 2nd use i added the olive and tried the leftovers as this hair mask-works out great! Love it! Thanks.

What would the shelf-life be? I’m looking for something I can whip up and store for long-term use but I feel as though this is a one shot deal due to the avocado. Any suggestions?

Yeah, I don’t think this has much of a shelf life at all. I definitely recommend making it right before you’re going to use it.

I’m currently doing a mask with coconut oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, honey, egg, and avocado!! My hair is damaged and needs major nutrients.

Hi! You can definitely use this on your natural hair. I am a black woman with natural hair and I do it all the time. Sometimes I add full fat yogurt, but the avocado, honey, and olive oil is definitely good for our hair. Try it out! 🙂

Arryel

It does work on ‘fros. I I have black hair and I noticed the change IMMEDIATELY. After you do it, braid it in cornrows for the night to lock in nutrients and then in the morning you get shiny curls. But be warned, it gets really messy, my first time I left oil traces every where I went.

Do I need to shampoo and condition my hair afterwards or can I just wash it out. I just washed my yesterday and don’t wanna damage my hair by washing it again today but I really want to try this mask!

Hi there ladies, I am an engineer on a fishing vessel that never sees the outdoors for months on end so no time for salons for me. I was looking at all the reviews every one has left and I am very excited to try this on my own. My poor hair needs help so I am hoping your ladies method of avocado, honey, and, and olive oil does just the trick. Thank you for this web site!! It was helpful!!

Hey
i also have afro hair and im tempted to do this mask .was wondering if it could be left in overnight though?

I have a very thin hair and oily scalp But hair so dry and rough. Can i try this mask with only olive oil honey and avocado.??

Hi Cassie,
I brought 2 large avocados and cut them before they ripened. They were bitter in taste and I did not want to throw them so I made a paste and stored it in the refrigerator. The frozen thing can last for 3-4 months. I can use it right?

My son has an afro and has been asking me to look for something like this. He’s so excited to have found this. We live in West Africa and can get all of these ingredients except the lavender oil.. Will try it today. Thanks!

Here are the ingredients I use from after reading all kinds of recipes that work and realizing all these ingredients are god for the hair…I put castor oil on my roots because this enhances hair growth so I want to make sure I have castor oil on the roots and scalp and in a bowl I mix the following: olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil (again), honey,avocado one whole egg, cinnamon. I leave it on for at least 3 hours or all night.Love it!

Looks great and seems very easy. Do you think it is suitable to use for hair breakage and split ends? It’s something I get asked quite often from my own blog’s readers. Thanks

I Am 56 years old and have always had gorgeous thigh wavy black hair down to my waist. Since going through menopause and using different medications my hair has started to fall out and I’m getting bald spots. How do I get my thick hair back and loo the bald spots??? My hair was always my best feature and not I won’t go out in public or to functions because it’s so bad. I even stopped washing every day and wash every 2-3 days and am now wondering if shampoo is good for it at all. Help me please I’m desperate
Halfpint

Halfpint – I went through an awful bleaching sessions due to a hairdressers mistake. I looked like a scarecrow/Yorkshire terrier for a long time. However, every night, I slept with coconut oil in my hair, and wrapped my head with cling film. You’ll see the results in no time. My husband uses it to prevent hair fall, and my father in law has used it to encourage hair regrowth. I hope this advice helps you. Please give it a try. P.s, you can never use enough!! 😉

You can use raw avocados in your hair:

Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. If you are not up for all the dirty mashing in the kitchen, you can also use the Shielo Intensive Mask, which has Avocado and other oils in it. Both work well!

Hi,

What is the shelf life of this product when you make it and what would you suggest in reference to storage outside of refrigerator? I was thinking mason jars to seal it and keep the air out?? It would be great if you could reply to my email.

Regards,
Veronica

So I tried a few different all natural hair masks. After reading other people’s experiences with it online and seeing a lot of all natural recipes I decided to try it myself. My hair recently since living in Indonesia has become very dry and brittle…. lifeless and limp. Where as back in london my hair was in great condition strangely enough, I mean my mum is a hairdresser and a very good one at that. I always had very shiny smooth hair, soft and very little breakage.

So after feeling insecure about how bad my hair had got I decided to try out some of these hair masks …. now as someone who swears by natural products and I’m actually allergic to a lot of chemicals in shop bought products. This was probably the single worst mistake I have ever made with my hair.

Firstly I tried an egg, coconut oil, olive oil mask. I left it in for over an hour just like people had suggested and to my disappointment this mask made my hair worse, it was so dry that some of my hair actually broke off and when I brush my hair after I had washed it out and had conditioner in it a lot of hair came out with it. I was really shocked that a natural mask could do this kind of damage to my hair, especially after so many people had said it did wonders for theirs. I mean I’m aware everyone hair is different but the results were shocking.

I then tried a simple coconut oil, ask a few days later thinking I would try and get some moisture back into it because by this point my hair was awful even to touch. Again I couldn’t believe it, after leaving it on for only 10/15 minutes then shampooing and conditioning like normal my hair again was super dry.

And again with an avocado oil mask. I had the same results as the coconut oil. Now I’m really devastated at how bad these masks have now made my hair… it was bad before… but now it’s terrible. I’m very insecure and now wear my hair Twizzled into a bun so no one will see how bad it is. I don’t know what to do.

Hello,
It might help to know that your first mask (egg) was a protein treatment, this is meant for limp oily hair that is too stretchy. Your other two treatments do not help either because you did oil masks, oil is not moisturizing but it can provide nutrients and lock in moisture. For dry, brittle hair, you need moisturizing masks, such as the avocado and honey mask or a store bought deep conditioning moisture treatment- stay consistent with the treatments, rub a small amount of a light oil like coconut oil after the treatment to lock in moisture, and stay away from protein for a while.. you’ll notice a great difference. don’t give up on the natural way 🙂

You have what’s called protein overload. Read up on it, there are lots of articles about how to reverse protein overload.

I’ve just made and used this for the first time, my hair is quite short so I have quite a bit left over………… would I be able to freeze what is left and defrost it when I want to use it again rather than waste what is left?

I have tried so many conditioners and this mask has been amazing for my hair especially when having it naturally curly. Its softer, stronger, more manageable and my curls are so defined.