Looking for a greener way to get luscious locks? Use up overripe avocados with this natural, effective DIY avocado, coconut oil, and honey hair mask. It builds strong, soft, and healthy locks, giving everyone you know total hair envy!
And the best part? This DIY Avocado & Coconut Oil Hair Mask uses common household ingredients—saving you a little dough and skipping out on all the additives and chemicals.
When I was pregnant, I went completely fragrance-free and was basically washing my hair with baking soda and using no conditioner for 9 months. Let me tell you, it took a toll on my hair. Even 6 months postpartum, my hair still felt like straw. Yeah like, the straw that horses eat, straw.
I spent anywhere from $15-$50 on hair masks, most of which were ridden with chemicals and additives and they made ZERO difference. It turns out, making your own hair masks from natural ingredients are much more effective—and bonus: less expensive for you and less detrimental to the environment.
Green tip: Reduce your food waste by using overripe avocados to nourish your hair!
Did you know the Department of Agriculture estimates that we waste upwards of 133 BILLION POUNDS of food per year? That means all of the resources and energy that went into producing, harvesting, and distributing that food has gone to waste.
Using up your overripe avocados that you would otherwise throw out is just one tiny way you can reduce your personal contribution to food waste, and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. Because let’s face it. If your avocado is a little brown, your hair doesn’t care.
Hair Mask Ingredients
There’s three ingredients in this hair mask that you probably have in your pantry that really rehabilitate your hair:
1. Avocado for softening and thickening
Avocado is rich in vitamins B & E which absorb into the hair follicles and nourish to soften and thicken. This hair mask is a great excuse to use up those overripe avocados.
2. Honey for hydration
Honey has humectant properties meaning it binds to water, locking in moisture on your hair.
Try buying raw, locally sourced honey. Generally, smaller-scale honeybee operations harvest honey in the fall, when the bees produce it in excess. They often have higher quality control standards and keep the bees safe from pesticides.
3. Coconut oil for strengthening
Coconut oil prevents breakage by penetrating deep into the follicles and providing essential fatty acids and nutrients. If you don’t have coconut oil in your pantry, olive oil is also great for hydration.
It is very close in composition to the natural oils in your hair. You can substitute 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for 1 tablespoon of olive oil if your hair seems extra dry.
I wouldn’t do this more than once a month because you do not want your scalp to stop producing its natural oils. If using once a week, coconut oil is best.
Avocado Hair Mask Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Results may vary depending on an individual’s hair texture, but this avocado and coconut oil hair mask is all-natural and perfectly safe for any hair type and color.
Yes! This recipe yields enough avocado hair mask for long hair, so if you have a short ‘do, you may want to half it. You’ll use 1/4 avocado, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 & 1/2 teaspoons honey.
Olive oil is also great for hydration. It is very close to the natural oils in your hair. You can substitute 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for 1 tablespoon of olive oil if your hair seems extra dry. I wouldn’t do this more than once a month because you do not want your scalp to stop producing its natural oils. If using once a week, coconut oil is best.
Always apply this hair mask to dry hair. Water repels oil, so if your hair is wet, you will not see the results you want.
Why You Should Make this DIY Avocado & Coconut Oil Hair Mask
- It’s less expensive. Don’t overpay for a brand name, use ingredients you probably already have at home!
- It’s more sustainable. No excess plastic for packaging, and use up those overripe avocados you would otherwise throw away to reduce your food waste!
- It’s effective. I’ve noticed a drastic difference in the feel and look of my hair.
- It’s natural. No chemicals and additives. Just real, natural, healthy ingredients.