Avocado hair, avocado hair! No, it’s not a playground insult or a medical condition from outer space. In fact, according to Google, more than 8,000 people a month are turning to the Internet in hopes of getting using avocado to help moisturize, rejuvenate and grow their hair.
I have to wonder, how many of these searchers will make it to a real, truthful answer and how many will be distracted by commercially-driven efforts advertising low grade and even toxic products which are trading on the inclusion of avocado but are really mostly made up of unwanted, unnecessary ingredients.
This article aims to give you the real, green scoop on using avocado for hair conditioning. It’s an awesome, eco-friendly aid to personal grooming that genuinely leaves your hair softer to the touch and glossier than almost any other natural substance…but only if you know how to go right to the avocado source. *Honest avocado hair recipe to follow!
My Honest Avocado Hair Treatment Recipe
Avocados are the buttery fruits of a tree native to the Americas. The fruits are not only incredibly nutritious, but they also contain high amounts of healthy fats that can be a smart, natural aid to hair care. Both city and well water is treated with chemicals or contains natural minerals that can make hair rough and tangled. The oils in the avocado add an extra dose of sleekness to your tresses that will not only enable you to comb out snarls, but will also put a totally natural, non-toxic gloss on hair that has been damaged by commercial shampoos, conditioners and treated water.
Take a ripe avocado (slightly soft to the touch) and peel it. Slice the fruit from the large brown seed and mash it up with a fork in a bowl. Mash it to the consistency of a creamy guacamole.
Gently rub the avocado into all of your hair. Put a shower cap over your head or wrap your hair up in a towel and rest for 15-30 minutes.
Get into the shower and thoroughly wash out the avocado with the most natural shampoo you can find. Do not condition and do not blow dry. Let your hair dry naturally after washing.
And that’s it. In 3 easy steps, you’ve given yourself a totally natural avocado hair treatment. You haven’t bought an avocado hair product or an avocado hair conditioner. You’ve gone right to the source of the fruit and used its goodness and nothing else for the care and health of your hair! I am always amazed by how lovely and fresh my own hair looks and feels to me after an avocado hair treatment and I think you will be, too!
5 Tips For Successfully Using Avocado For Hair Care
- Buy Organic Avocados – if you buy conventional avocados, you’ll be right back where you started from, putting chemicals on your scalp because of the toxic pesticides used in conventional agriculture
- Buy U.S. Grown Avocados In Season – between March and September, the United States has a national source of exceptionally good organic avocados, grown in Southern California. Though you can buy avocados from other countries most of the rest of the year, it’s better for the U.S. economy and the environment to support U.S. farmers. During the off-season months, find something else natural to use if you need a hair conditioner.
- Some Avocados Are Stringy – sometimes you’ll get an avocado that has little white or brown fibers in it. That’s perfectly fine, but you may notice some of these fibers left in your hair when it dries. No worries. They brush out in just seconds.
- Use Peak Ripe Avocados – while it may seem like a good idea to use overripe avocados for hair care, if the fruit has really gone bad, you will not like the smell it leaves in your hair. Peak ripe avocados leave no detectable scent on the head and are at their butteriest.
- Don’t Overdo It – TV ads may tell us we need to condition our hair every time we wash it, but this simply isn’t true. Conditioning your hair once or twice a month with avocado will likely be all you need to ensure soft, healthy, snarl-free tresses. Use all that time and money you save to do something great for yourself. Buy a new book, take a camping trip, donate to a charity!
America’s earliest inhabitants depended solely on the good things of the Earth to care for themselves. It was a common practice amongst many Native Americans tribes to take a turn in the sweat lodge and then jump in an ice-encrusted river! First Americans used plant and animal fats to groom their abundant hair and the first Europeans were often awed by how cleanly, neat and trim these earliest Americans were in contrast to the take-no-baths hygiene practices prevalent in Europe. I hope this article has not only helped you to understand what a gift avocados can be to your personal grooming, but that it also gives you sense of how this planet generously provides good things to humans who know how to look for them. I hope that knowledge gives you a sense of being cared for and accepted by our great Earth.
Readers show up here at EmersonCreekPottery.com because they are looking for non-toxic housewares, and, often, the first smart step you can take in greening your life is to green yourself. Imagine taking all of those fancy, expensive, chemical-laden bottles of hair conditioner and putting them in the recycling bin…and never buying them again! Talk about freedom from non-essentials. Less plastic, less headache-inducing perfume, less worry, less waste. Just fresh, clean hair that you can feel really good about, thanks to that greenest of fruits – the Avocado!