As a beauty editor, I’ve always been freakin’ obsessed with all things beauty to make myself Instagrammable.
I’ve concocted all sorts of face masks in my kitchen lab, body scrubs that clogged my drains, and as for DIY hair masks, every food item, you name it, I’ve probably slathered it on my head too.
But trust me, amongst all the terrible DIY recipes I’ve attempted, I know a thing or two about the ingredients that work wonders.
Especially when it comes to making my hair shine. And I’m talking Kardashian-level glossiness.
Avocado and apple cider vinegar.
These are my 2 secret ingredients that will brighten, illuminate, and give your hair a radiant boost whenever it needs an uplift.
Mix them together into a hair mask, your hair’s in for a silky slice of pure heaven baby.
The Scoop on Avocado as a Hero Hair Ingredient
Gaze upon the looks of celebs like Alessandra Ambrosio, and Kourtney Kardashian, you’ll notice one thing for sure.
The light bouncing off their shiny, shiny strands is always a welcome distraction.
Both of them are big fans of avocado hair masks.
Alessandra Ambrosio confesses that her mum would usually mix avocado and natural oils, and apply to her hair to keep it healthy and shiny.
Vogue Magazine: Alessandra Ambrosio on her Angel hair care – Avocados needed
Kourtney Kardashian’s envious shine is also nothing to be sneezed at. Her hair always looks immaculate like spun silk, thanks to her avocado hair smoothies, which her hairstylist quotes as “intriguing”.
I was intrigued by the smoothies that she was drinking, and I created a hair smoothie, an avocado hair smoothie. It’s a natural detangler. Andrew Fitzsimons
Kourtney Kardashian's Personal Hairstylist - Allure
So what makes this wildly beloved, creamy fruit so effective for adding shine to your hair?
Well, according to science, this one-seeded fruit is brimming with Oleic acid and monounsaturated fats that can easily penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize the hair from within rather than sitting on top like most heavy oils do.
To make it even better …
- Fatty acids
- Vitamins B6, C, D, E and K
- And a plenty of antioxidants
that protect your hair from free radicals and early signs of aging.
Avocados are jam-packed with pure nutritional goodness for your hair.
Here are some of the benefits of avocado for your hair and scalp:
Avocado Purifies Your Scalp
According to Blossom Kochhar, Aromatherapist, and founder of Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, avocados purify your scalp to help soothe inflammation and flaky scalp conditions.
Avocado Makes Your Hair Resilient to Prevent Breakage
According to Healthline, avocado is a potent source of Biotin and B-Complex vitamins, which are essential elements for hair strength.
By strengthening your hair structure from within, it helps to stave off breakage and minor hair loss.
An Avocado Mask Helps Your Hair Retain Moisture
Rich in complex fatty amino acids, avocado oil coats your hair strands to lock in moisture, especially during the winter dry months when your hair takes a severe battering from the cold weather.
Avocado Oil Makes Your Hair Grow
Avocados deeply nourish both the hair and scalp for more improved follicular activity. With Vitamins A, B6, D, and E, this superfood stimulates the scalp and unclogs the hair follicles for better growth from the roots.
Avocado Oil Protects Your Hair From Free Radicals
Avocados are choke-full of anti-oxidant rich vitamins and minerals, which stop oxidizers and free radicals from wearing your tresses down.
Want younger-looking hair?
Then slather some Guacamole on your head once a week.
While avocado on its own has many hair benefits, adding apple cider vinegar as a post-rinse takes it to the next level of awesomeness.
Let me tell you why …
Apple Cider Vinegar Does Much More Than Making Your Salads Exciting!
ACV is the pantry staple adored by many as a:
- Conditioning treatment
- Post-shampoo rinse
- And pH balancing hair treatment
According to NYC celebrity hairstylist Netty Jordan, apple cider vinegar is one of the best cleansing and balancing treatments for the hair.
Thanks to its acidic nature, it helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, dirt, and the buildup of styling products, while keeping your hair and scalp at optimum pH and without scrubbing out their natural oils.
However, the most important property of apple cider vinegar is its ability to lower down pH, therefore, gently forcing your hair cuticles to shut.
And when your hair cuticles are slammed shut they look like this:
Smooth and shiny all the way, therefore, preventing frizz, split ends, and breakage.
On a physical level, the shininess of the hair all depends on what condition the cuticle — the outer layer – is in. Irinel de León
Celebrity hairstylist who works with Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber - The Zoe Report
But having said that, Dermatologists don’t recommend using ACV on its own or undiluted.
That’s why using it after an avocado mask adds a healthy buffer of moisture to your hair before the ACV rinse helps to shut the cuticles.
So, head to your nearest blender now, and let’s make that hair mask.
The Avocado Hair Mask Recipe for Shiny Hair
What you will need:
- 1 banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Blend all the ingredients together
- Massage into your hair from roots to ends, covering thoroughly
- Use a wide-tooth comb to spread it evenly
- Let sit for 30 minutes
- Use a shower cap to cover your hair and let it melt
- Use any shampoo to wash and rinse your hair
- Then rinse with apple cider vinegar (diluted with water)
A useful tip to remember:
Blend the mixture well to prevent big chunks from getting in between your hair. I remember the first time I did it, I ended up with avocado bits on my wall as I was combing through my hair to spread the mask. Shit happens.
But trust me, after this treatment, you won’t be able to keep your hands off your silky smooth locks.
Now It’s Your Turn
If you’ve run out of your favorite condish and feel like your hair needs some deep moisture-loving TLC, grab some ripe avos from your fridge to rescue your hair.
Seriously, this shit is the bee’s knees.
An avocado hair mask will make your hair as shiny as a mofo.
A Kardashian-approved zero-chemical beauty recipe that costs only a few bucks …
You have an excuse to skip the avocado toast this weekend, but no excuse to skip a good TLC for your locks.
Give your hair some avo-love, and unleash your inner Kardashian.
Sorry avocados 🥑🥑!