Banana Hair Mask: Recipes, Benefits & How To Use Them
It’s time to get serious about your hair and a banana hair mask is a great place to start. Mashed banana on your hair might sound a little crazy, but you will be surprised what a difference a banana hair mask can make!
So what makes bananas so great?
Aside from coming in their own handy wrapper, bananas have long been a tasty source of nutrition. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. While it’s true that potassium can be found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even meats, it only takes one banana to provide you with 23% of the potassium that you need on a daily basis. Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and magnesium, but free of sodium and cholesterol. At the same time, they are almost fat free, and relatively low in calories—depending on its size, a banana has only about 90 to 110 calories. They contain high-grade protein and three of the essential amino acids. Bananas contain 41% of the daily requirement for vitamin B6, unfortunately not everyone enjoys a banana-a-day. If you’re not a fan of bananas or have limited fruit and veggie intake consider adding a vitamin supplement to your day, one such supplement is Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins.
But what about my hair?
The benefits of bananas are not just limited to health but also make excellent beauty treatments as well. This tropical fruit is an effective beauty treatment for skin as well as hair. Bananas are great for your hair and scalp. They improve manageability and shine, prevent and control dandruff, and moisturize your scalp. Bananas are rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins, which help soften the hair and protect the hair’s natural elasticity, preventing split ends and breakage. While many banana hair products are available only at expensive spas and salons, there are lots of DIY recipes you can prepare easily in your own kitchen. Just like a facial mask enhances the glow of your face, a banana hair mask also improves your hair dramatically and instantly. Bananas are full of vitamins and are a number one ingredient for strengthening and volumizing the hair. Bananas also help repair dry and sun-damaged hair.
Oh, and remember all that potassium? Your hair also loves potassium because it’s great for strengthening and thickening fine hair. The hair mask recipe you’ll need will depend on what type of hair you have and what types of problems you may be experiencing with your hair. We’ve put together some recipes for banana hair masks that cover a wide range of hair types and problems. Take a look before you decide which one is just right for you.
Moisturizing Banana and Coconut Hair Mask
True, this recipe may sound more like the base of a tropical drink you would expect to enjoy by a pool in Hawaii but it’s actually a fantastic moisturizer for dry or coarse hair. Remember not to use more coconut oil than is called for, as it could leave your hair looking greasy. When used properly, however, this mask will soften even the most stubborn tresses.
Coconut is not only delicious but it’s also full of amazing hair-healing properties. Unlike many store-bought products that simply add a synthetic coating to the strands of your hair, the chemical structure of coconut oil enables the fatty acids to actually penetrate the hair shaft. Your hair will be rejuvenated from the inside out! Coconut oil physically replenishes and adds volume to the hair for long-lasting moisture and shine.
Coconut milk applied to the scalp gives a cooling sensation. It nourishes your hair by giving natural moisture from roots to ends. And coconut milk is a great organic hair conditioner, which will give you longer and thicker hair.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (use even less if you have fine or short hair)
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
In a bowl, mash the banana. Add coconut oil and milk and mix well.
Apply to clean, dry hair, covering all hair right to the ends.
Cover hair with plastic shower cap or Saran wrap and leave for 30 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Banana, Avocado Mask for Hair Growth
A perfect mask to help fortify and strengthen your hair, while moisturizing to help grow out those long locks you’ve always wanted.
Supercharged with vitamins A, D, E and B6, avocado is also high in proteins, amino acids, magnesium, folic acid, copper and iron. The oils in avocados are one of the few that can penetrate the cuticle and actually moisturize hair.
Egg whites control sebum secretion in the scalp by tightening the hair follicles. This will reduce the amount of sebum secreted through the hair follicles and remove excess oils from your scalp and hair. What’s more, egg whites are filled with bacteria hindering enzymes to keep your scalp clean and healthy.
Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins and fat—perfect for nursing dry hair back to health. Egg yolks nourish, moisturize, and lubricate dry damaged hair. For damaged hair, egg yolk will strengthen hair follicles and roots. A powerhouse for deep conditioning, egg yolk softens hair, revitalizes it, and transforms it back into silky smooth locks. Egg yolks can also prevent hair loss.
Olive oil has been an essential ingredient in hair health since ancient times. This wonderful oil is rich in vitamin E and healthy fat. Prevent breakage and strengthen hair strands by using olive oil to hydrate dry or brittle hair.
- ½ ripe avocado, mashed
- ½ ripe banana, mashed
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Puree avocado and banana together until no clumps are present.
Add in beaten egg and olive oil. Mix thoroughly.
Apply to dry hair and leave in for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rinse with cool water. (Warm or hot water will cook the egg.)
Shampoo and condition as normal.
Banana and Honey Mask for Fine or Thin Hair
While frizzy hair is often difficult to control , those of us with fine hair struggle to pump some life into limp locks.
Though fine hair is largely genetic, thin hair has a variety causes from medical (thyroid issues, hormones), to stress, to styling tools and processes. For suddenly thinning hair, you should talk to your doctor but there are also natural ways to boost lifeless hair.
You’ll go bananas over what potassium can do for you— it’s great for strengthening and thickening fine hair. Bananas nourish the scalp and hair follicles, help maintain natural hair elasticity, and prevent breakage and split ends.
Honey, a natural humectant, —will add moisture and shine to even the dullest head of hair.
- 1-2 bananas depending on size
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) of honey
Mash the banana(s) in a bowl until smooth, and then add the honey to your mashed bananas.
Apply the mixture to clean dry or slightly damp hair. Cover with a shower cap, towel or saran wrap and wait 20-30 minutes.
Rinse out hair mask. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Banana and Yogurt Rejuvenating Hair Mask
This is a wonderful mask for summer, when the sun’s rays have been frying your poor hair to a crisp. Give your brittle hair a break with this luxurious and creamy hair mask.
Yogurt is a good all-around DIY hair mask ingredient for regular maintenance and deep conditioning. Along with other benefits for strong, healthy hair, yogurt can accelerate growth in slow growing hair. The protein content in yogurt provides ample nourishment and strengthening to the hair without making it dull or dry. And yogurt further aids growth by stimulating blood circulation, thanks to its zinc and lactic acid properties.
Yogurt also contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help stimulate hair growth by acting as a natural cleanser. And if you happen to be suffering with an itchy scalp thanks to cold weather or dry air, the antibacterial benefits of yogurt for hair also help soothe the scalp and reduce itchiness.
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 3 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon Juice
- Essential oils (Optional)
In a small bowl, mash banana and add yogurt and mix in honey, and lemon juice.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give your hair a sweet scent.
Once mixture is smooth and creamy, apply to damp hair and comb through using a wide tooth comb.
Put hair in a shower cap and relax for 15-20 minutes.
Thoroughly rinse hair using lukewarm water. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Moisturizing Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment
When only the deepest conditioning will do, here’s the hair mask for you. With the many benefits of olive oil and the lovely fragrance of lavender, this is sure to become one of your go-to beauty treatments.
This recipe also calls for mayonnaise, which is surprisingly good for your hair.
Mayonnaise contains oils which help nourish and moisturize your hair from deep within. It is considered very useful for dry and damaged hair. The vinegar in mayonnaise helps restore the healthy pH balance to your otherwise damaged hair. And the oils also create a coating on hair strands to protect them from the harsh effects of the sun.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2-3 drops of lavender oil (to reduce smell of mayonnaise)
Peel the bananas and puree them in blender or mash well in a bowl until now chunks remain.
Mix the mayonnaise and olive oil together with the bananas.
Apply on your hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Shampoo and condition as normal.
Save left-overs in an air-tight container and refrigerate.
Basic Banana Hair Mask
If you want a quick and easy hair mask to brighten up dull hair without fussing with multiple ingredients, this is as perfect as it gets.
- 1 ripe banana
Mash banana into a paste until there are no chunks.
Apply to your hair and cover hair with a plastic shower cap or Saran warp. (To lock in the nutrients, either wrap a hot towel around your head or remove the cap after 20 minutes and use your blow dryer long enough to help the banana set.)
Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Banana and Argan Oil Strengthening Mask
Another excellent choice to strengthen hair is argan oil. Combined with banana, you’ll be swinging your lovely locks in no time!
Argan oil has been shown to make hair silkier, softer, and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to tame frizzy hair and treat split ends. Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 3 tablespoons of argan oil
In a bowl, mash banana until it is smooth. Add honey and argan oil and mix well. Apply to hair and coat well, right to the ends. Cover head with plastic shower cap or Saran wrap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as normal.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting healthy, strong, shiny hair! These banana hair mask recipes will get you started, whether you try them all or just choose one special recipe your hair will thank you. To discover more super fruit and other ways to attain naturally flawless hair visit hairfinity.com
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