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DIY Vegan Hair Mask

January 31, 2017

Hello! I’m so excited about this post because it’s one of my first guest blog posts! This post is coming from Louisa Rose who runs her own blog called Body Health Love

Since learning more about the effects of sulfites and chemicals used in traditional hair care products, I switched to organic shampoos and conditioners. Using gentle formulas on my hair helps keep it healthy and moisturized, and avoids irritating and drying out my scalp. I also enjoy experimenting with natural ingredients I have in my kitchen, and making my own DIY hair masks. This simple vegan recipe is quick to whip up and infuses hair with a load of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help keep it shiny and beautiful.

Avocado

To maintain strong, shiny hair, you need to provide it with the right nutrition. Avocado is rich in potassium, Vitamins A, B6, D, and E, magnesium and folic acid, and can help revive hair that feels dry and damaged. It also has excellent moisturizing properties, and can penetrate hair cuticles to give your hair an extra hydration boost. Massaging avocado into your scalp can improve your skin’s health and promote new hair follicles. It has the added benefit of being a natural sunscreen, and can help protect against damage from UV rays.

Banana

Using banana on your hair can help add shine, repair, and condition. It is full of beneficial nutrients that help smooth your strands and restore dry, dull hair which is deprived of moisture. Banana contains a variety of minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, B, C, E and natural oils. It’s the perfect natural ingredient to strengthen hair and protect its natural elasticity, and also provides a gentle exfoliation to your scalp to help remove dead skin cells and promote new hair growth.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk provides a cooling sensation on your scalp, and has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help fight the yeast-like fungus which is one of the main causes of dandruff. It contains vitamins, minerals, niacin, folate and healthy fats, which work together to deep condition hair and improve its moisture and shine. Coconut milk also acts as a natural detangler, so you won’t need to apply as much stress on your hair when working through knots.

Coconut Oil

If you’ve never used coconut oil on your hair, now is the time. It contains everything you need to keep hair smooth, shiny and healthy, including lauric acid, vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients which all help strengthen your strands. Coconut oil also helps reduce protein loss, which can make your hair dry and prone to breakage, and can be used to tame flyaways and frizz. Applying it before exposing your hair to chemical treatments or heat during styling will also protect it from further damage.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a natural emollient with rich moisturizing properties. It can help smooth the outer cuticles of hair fibers, promoting shinier hair which is easier to manage and feels less frizzy. It contains antioxidants and Vitamins A and E, and protects the keratin in your hair so it can retain its natural moisture. Using a touch of olive oil can also help smooth broken or split ends, so your hair feels more resilient and soft.

Ingredients
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/2 Banana
– 50 ml Coconut Milk
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method

  1. This vegan hair mask couldn’t be more simple to make. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until you have a smooth paste.

  2.  Apply the mixture all over your hair, making sure you work all the way down to the ends. These are the driest points of your hair, and will benefit from some extra TLC. Massage your scalp for a few minutes so your skin can also benefit from all the nutrients.

  3. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can leave it on for longer if you like, but it’s best not to let it dry completely, as this makes it harder to rinse out later.

  4. Wash your hair with an organic or sulfate free shampoo, and rinse thoroughly. If you have thick hair you might need to wash it twice to avoid leaving any hidden bits of banana behind. Condition and dry your hair as usual, and look forward to how lovely and soft it feels.

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.

If you ever want to do a guest post, feel free to email me at courtney@breakfastatvogueblog.com

   

 

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