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
- 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