Avocado Honey Hair Mask: One Thing To Do With Your Over Ripe Avocado

It's rare these days that I have an over ripe avocado. I've been surviving for the past month or so on guac. Well, maybe not solely, but at least every afternoon, but as my avocado cravings have mysteriously tapered off, I find I'm letting them get a too ripe on the counter. It's a mixed blessing because I rub my over ripe avocados on my scalp, with some raw honey, of course. 

So there are a bunch of vitamins in avocados, vitamins A, C, E, and K, but the big one that is good for hair is vitamin B6, which not only helps to regulate hormones commonly associated with hair loss but also helps synthesize the proteins needed for healthy hair. 

"Vitamin B-6 supports healthy hair growth because of its role in protein metabolism. It activates enzymes and helps drive dozens of chemical reactions involved in protein metabolism. Your hair follicles continually make new proteins -- such as keratin and melanin -- to give rise to new hair shaft tissue. By helping your body process protein, vitamin B-6 helps ensure that the cells in your hair follicles have access to the amino acids they need to make hair proteins." Sylvie Tremblay, SFGATE

 

Honey not only moisturizes hair, but is also good for scalp health and is a natural exfoliant. I never thought much about exfoliating my scalp before, but the pores can get clogged over time and suffocate the hair follicles. So, exfoliation is as important as moisture to keep your hair at its healthiest.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Directions:

  • Mash up both ingredients and put damp hair for an hour. 
  • If you have longer hair you can use the whole avocado, and section it off into 4 parts.
  • Rinse well and shampoo and condition as usual.

I put lemon on my hair right before doing this mask and sat in the sun, so may hair was damp from the lemon water mixture, and I put this mask on top of it. 

P.S. These photos were edited with the preset Venice Beach from the Three Rivers Collection

Soften and Exfoliate Cuticles with Brown Sugar and Lemon Juice

I love the smell of lemons, so this project was a bit of a dream for me, except when mixed with the brown sugar, which brought back the memories of doing master cleanses in my early 20's. I must've been more resilient then because I definitely completed all 10 days of only lemon juice and maple syrup. These days I think I'll stick to cuticle scrubs and general healthy eating. I'm a lot more into balance than experimentation these days. That said, I think those more extreme decisions we make when we're younger set the pace for a better understanding of ourselves. And for that I'm grateful, for all the hours of muscling through cleanses, and the never ending search for the foundation of wellness. These days I feel like the foundation for wellness is inside and that things can be simple, if you let them be. 

This scrub definitely softens hands and cuticles and if you prefer you can sub the brown sugar for honey—which also works as an exfoliant.

You may have some left over after scrubbing your cuticles. I like to use the rest on my chest and shoulders, where I can sometimes get too much sun exposure. This helps to soften the damage, but be careful, because it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun afterwards. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 

Directions:

  • Mix the lemon and sugar into a paste. I always pick the seeds out with a spoon after squeezing the lemon juice in. 
  • Apply generously to your cuticles and scrub.
  • Rinse and moisturize.