One of my guilty pleasures is Pinterest. I love finding new, inventive ways to improve my health whether it be my hair, skin or general well-being. I’d even say I’m a tad obsessed. If you’re like myself and am an avid Pinterest user then I’m sure you’ve seen thousands of links to a “DIY Avocado Hair Mask”. I’ve always been curious about trying one of these treatments but have been hesitant because it just seems too good to be true. I mean, it’s hard to believe that I can just mash some avocado and olive oil together and suddenly have my hair transformed into this shiny, healthy mane. Do these thoughts sound familiar?
Luckily for all of you, I decided to test out this new fad to see if it actually works. My feelings on the results are mixed – read below to see my honest take on this messy hair mask.
DIY AVOCADO HAIR MASK – “TO SOFTEN, HYDRATE AND ADD SHINE TO HAIR”
– 1 Ripe Avocado
– 1 Ripe Banana
– 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
– 2 Tablespoons honey
The one thing I can agree on with other beauty bloggers who have posted about trying one of these “pantry” masks is that they are easy; it took me a total of five minutes to make the gooey green concoction.
Here’s what you do: combine ingredients and mix well. That’s seriously all there is to it.
My one suggestion is that you use a blender when mixing the ingredients together. I did not and was left with a chunky, runny mess that was hard to distribute through my hair and also left me with large chunks of avocado stuck in my hair – even after I rinsed.
Looks yummy right? The mask felt disgusting in my hands and in my hair. I felt like I was smearing baby food all over my head. Unlike the masks you buy at drugstores, this mask does not spread easily. It was difficult to ensure it spread evenly throughout, and it also made a mess as it would drip and get everywhere as I was applying it.
Once you get this in your hair, let it sit in your hair for 30 minutes. I put a grocery bag over my head to keep my hair from leaving avocado tracks all over my house. It is most definitely not a glamorous process. In fact, it left me feeling pretty gross.
After 30 minutes go ahead and rinse it out under cold water in the shower or the sink. My recommendation is the sink unless you like standing under cold water for a while because it took me a solid 15 minutes to rinse most of the mask out of my hair. Yes, after the shower I still had chunks of the mask in my hair. I had to spend another ten minutes trying to comb out the pesky pieces of avo that wouldn’t wash out.
So here is where I give you my honest opinion on the validity of these proclaimed miracle masks.
- The mask is easy to make, that’s true.
- The mask feels and looks disgusting on your head.
- The mask is kind of a pain in the butt – expect to spend a long time rinsing.
- While the mask did make my hair feel soft and shiny, it made my roots look greasy. I had to shower again the next morning.
So should you try it? Maybe. If you’re a broke college student like me then, yeah, it might be worth your time as the hair masks you get from stylists or in drug stores tend to be pretty expensive. If you can afford to spend $30 on a conditioning mask, definitely do that.