DIY: Homemade Avocado Deep Hair Conditioner

Yesterday was wash day. And let me admit, that I was so over it well into the first hour!
I never spend an entire day washing my hair. Even after being natural for a year, for some reason I’m still convinced that I can continue washing my hair the same way I did when my hair was permed. But one of my best friends from church, Catina, finally convinced me that I was doing it all wrong and agreed to show me the right way to do it.

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She started by parting my hair into four and detangling (after telling me that I was using the wrong comb). And then, section by section, she washed my hair with my Garnier Fructis Color Protection Shampoo, rinsed then put it back in the hair tie. After that, she went back around and used my Garnier Fructis Length & Strength Conditioner on each section. On the last section, she used my Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defence Conditioner. Catina found that she liked the pantene pro-v conditioner for my hair better so I’ll buy more of that.

Then it was finally time to try my homemade avocado deep conditioning treatment. My hair was brittle dry which was why I put so much emphasis on conditioning. I realised afterwards that I forgot to add the aloe vera juice, so next time, I’ll let you know if I notice a difference. After thirty minutes, we rinsed, section by section and then used my Simply Shea Curl Stretch Cream to braid each section. I loved my results! My hair was so soft! After sealing the moisture with coconut oil, I noticed extra silky smooth hair that I haven’t felt since going to a salon.

The best part? My curl stretch cream costs only $1 from The Dollar Tree!

And since I’ve been natural for a little over a year, it was time for a length check. When I big chopped, I was left with 4 inches of hair and not much stretch, now my hair is only 3 inches shy of the middle of my back! I’m so proud of my growth.

I definitely think it’s due to a mixture of using natural products and protective styling. Now, here’s how I made my homemade deep conditioner and why I chose each ingredient.

DIY: Homemade Avocado Deep Hair Conditioner

Avocados are known to rejuvenate and treat itchy and flaky scalp. They make your scalp smoother by putting in lots of hydration. Conditioning your hair with avocados is one of the best ways to treat and rejuvenate lifeless and lustreless hair and barren scalp. Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor, apply to hair and leave on for 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 fully ripened avocado
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut milk
  • ¼ cup aloe vera juice

About the Ingredients

1. Avocado

It is one of the main ingredients in the recipe and its benefits have been discussed above.

2. Honey

Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial. Besides, it cleanses scalp and moisturizes it from within to make it soft, smooth, and supple.

3. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is an excellent hair moisturizer even when you don’t mix it with any other organic compound. The coconut milk acts as a natural hair conditioner to give you longer hair and greater volume. Coconut milk can also treat dry scalp. If you have some coconut milk left after the treatment, you can keep it in the refrigerator. The milk will stay fresh for about 2 days. It is, however, recommended that you simply make another bowl of fresh coconut milk for every treatment. If you cannot find fresh coconut fruits, you can use the canned milk as well.

4. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is calming and soothing in nature for it efficaciously soothes and tones your scalp while making it less sensitive, smooth and less flaky.

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Share your natural hair journey experience in the comment section below or any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way to maintain healthy natural hair!
XoX,
Olivia

St. Patrick's Day Avocado Banana Smoothie

It's St. Patrick's Day, and I can't wait to get a drink in me to celebrate!

While you could make this beverage alcoholic, I kept it virgin for health reasons. (I lost four pounds!!!) About 5 more and I'll stop, I swear. I promise my fingers aren't crossed behind my back!

I am one of the laziest dieters. I exercise for about 10 minutes every 3 days, and I ended up having 2 cheat days on the weekend.

So I'm all for "juicing" the pounds away.

 

Avocado Banana Smoothie

Prep time      5 mins             Total time     5 mins                     Serves: 2


Ingredients:

½ of one medium avocado, peeled and pitted

1  banana, peeled

⅛ tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp granulated sugar, or to taste

1 cup soy milk, approximate

6 ice cubes

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy and smooth (approximately 10-15 minutes), adjusting sweetness to taste and adding more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency.


(Since it's St. Patty's Day, I won't judge if you spike it a little. Just make sure the kiddies don't touch!)

The Green Zing Detox Face Mask

I've never been one to know if I'm getting a good deal or not on a beauty product. I'm a wash and go kind of girl, so I just used the basic cleanser, and only wear makeup on special occasions. But in recent times, I'm struggling a lot with acne, a problem I never had in high school. I want it to just go away. So after doing some research, I decided to try a detox mask. 

And to be honest, it itched. It itched so bad, I had to really discipline myself and not claw it off before it dried. The site I got the recipe from, didn't specify how often to use it or what exactly it's supposed to do for your skin and how it works, but my skin was butter smooth and tight when I took it off. My skin was bright and glowing! And I got the feeling that prolonged use might actually make a difference. This recipe leaves A LOT left over so you can cover it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until your next use. It should last at least two weeks.

The Green Zing Face Mask

  • 1/2 overly ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 Lemon (juice)

  • 1 Tbs. Coconut oil

  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Blend the avocado until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients. 

Spread a thin layer all over your (non-makeup-ed) clean face and leave it on until it dries, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove by placing a warm washcloth over your face and letting the mask soften. Then, you can just wipe it off with the washcloth and rinse your face completely.

Note: When using citrus essential oils on the skin you should avoid the sun for 24 hrs.

I'll keep you updated on my skin treatments. Any tips you guys want to give me? Sound off in the comment section below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to receive more awesome posts in your inbox!


XoX,

Olivia