Who isn’t familiar with this star of the guacamole dip? The same healthy fats that add richness to avocado dishes are also amazing natural moisturizers for hair. Olive oil, coconut oil and argan oil are renowned for their abilities to penetrate into hair follicles. But…it’s time to add avocado oil to this category of natural moisturizers! This famous tree fruit (well, it really is a seed) is considered an excellent choice for hair types that are stubbornly coarse and dry.
Avocados are rich in vitamins such as A, B and E. Add this into a combination of amino acids, proteins, phytochemicals, folic acid and several minerals, and you have solid restorative benefits that heal brittle or damaged hair and prevent future problems. These ingredients, along with their gentle actions, even help to restore hair and skin collagen!
Over styling, heat-treating, blow-drying, coloring and environmental pollutants begin to stress the hair follicles leading to textural and physical problems in your tresses. But…these problems can be resolved as well as reversed.
• Proper nutrition plays a starring role in maintaining healthy hair and skin. Toss out the packaged products and eat REAL food – you know the stuff – bananas, kale, beans and nuts. Lifestyle decisions are key ingredients to finding better overall health, and quality hair is a result of cultivating healthy choices including regular physical activity, and avoiding detrimental foods (sugar, sodas, processed and “fast” food).
• Foods with beneficial fats and nutrients, like the avocado, help us to literally grow better quality hair. Lustrous strands begin at the roots, as hair (nails, and non-human animal horns and hooves) is not a “living” structure, but a collection of keratin fibers. As we begin to grow healthier hair from the start, that hair should stay looking lively and appealing without too much effort. The monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and plant sterols in the avocado oil, provide replenishing and even growth stimulating actions.
Adding moisturizers to the visible section of the hair strand, the hair that we see, assists in creating a soft, easy-to-style texture. Avocado oil has superior penetrating properties allowing the softening and strengthening to reach deep into the hair itself – the moisturizing property even helps to protect the hair and scalp from environmental and styling damage. Studies have shown that avocado oil actually contributes to thicker and stronger hair growth. Who doesn’t want that?
Did you know?
Avocado oil helps to cleanse the hair and scalp while it restores the hair fibers and even offers a barrier to future damage. Avocado oil is part of a holistic approach to improving your overall health and appearance.
What’s Your Type?
The intense softening properties of avocado oil make it less suitable for fine or thin hair. People with this type of hair structure need to use the oil sparingly – starting with a few drops mixed into shampoo or conditioner. Do some experimenting to find the right combination. Color damaged or chlorine stressed locks may do just fine with a little extra conditioning.
For those with very coarse or brittle hair, the oil can be applied directly and used as an oil treatment.
Use 2 tablespoons of warmed avocado oil and massage into the scalp. Leave the treatment to penetrate for 10-15 minutes (depending on severity of damage). Shampoo hair as usual.
Mixing a tablespoon of avocado oil into your regular conditioner can prevent split ends. Wet hair and massage the mixture into the hair and scalp. Wrap the hair in a warm, damp towel and allow this oil to penetrate for 15-20 minutes. Wash and style the hair as usual.
Avocados have been helping humans for thousands of years. It’s time to think outside the salad bowl and nacho plate and see the green fruit (well, it is actually a seed!) as a beauty balm in a wrinkled package. Give avocado oil a try, and not just in your next vinaigrette!
Avocado blossoms truly are “pretty is as pretty does!”