Just Put a Banana in Your Hair
Today I want to share with you my natural hair care journey. On the hunt for tips and tricks to get my hair to grow faster, I stumbled across this thing called a Hair Mask. I had only heard of such a thing in legend but had never experienced its powers myself. There are many reasons one might seek the aid of a Hair Mask ritual, from healing and detoxing to stimulating growth, to just increasing smoothness and shine and wonderfulness.
I wouldn’t exactly categorize my hair as damaged anymore since an extreme trim that removed over 5 inches of bleached, faded, and neglected hair. But I have been interested in trying natural things I can do for my hair’s health, and I figured that the only potential setback of soaking your hair in a bunch of food products would be a funny smell. I’ve had good results so far, but who knows? I’m no hair expert; I just own my own head of hair.
I decided to venture into this hairy territory. I left the comfort of basic hair care behind and ventured into my kitchen with no boundaries. I don’t exactly have the income for the lavish ingredients in some recipes; I just used what I had. In the end, this is an inexpensive and unique concoction that is capable of all the magic healing power in commercial masks.
My Simple All-Inclusive Hair Mask:
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 3 tsp olive oil (also known as 1 TBS)
- 2 tsp honey
- ½ banana (eat the other half)
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
Coconut oil: Helps your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster, AND it smells super nice in your hair
Olive oil: Moisturizing and contains magical antioxidants
Honey: Helps return some needed hydration to your hair and even strengthens hair follicles
Banana: Full of a lot of greatness (natural oils, carbohydrates, vitamins like potassium and calcium) and will help your hair grow, be softer, and also reduces breakage
Egg: Has a lot of protein and vitamins (A, D, and E) which helps hair grow
Milk: Packed with calcium and other vitamins to return strength and natural shine
I began this process a couple days after washing my hair, letting it absorb its own natural oils. I applied this goopy mixture straight onto dry hair and wrapped a warm T-shirt around my head, then let it sit and soak for 25ish minutes. I then washed my hair as usual and let air dry.
Likes and Dislikes:
I have to say that I did not mix the banana thoroughly, and it made a gross mess everywhere in my bathroom while I applied it to my hair and when I washed it out. I also used too much milk, making the mask very thin and runny.
My hair’s softness lasted longer than the first day of washing. I also noticed a lingering banana smell, which was interesting. I absolutely loved the sensation during the soak. There’s really something therapeutic about soaking your hair in food, wrapping something steamy around your head, and just letting your hair be itself for a few minutes.
For my second trial, I approached the mixing process with more experience. I removed the banana because I didn’t feel like dealing with the mess. I reduced the milk as well because I didn’t need so much, and would rather eat most of my food than wear it.
The Revised Recipe:
- 1 TBS honey (also known as 3 tsp)
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1 TBS milk
- 3 TBS coconut oil
(I used the most coco oil because it’s the most magical).
And all the rest is all the same story 🙂
So, there it is. Super simple and cheap. Add whatever you have on hand. Include some essential oils and/or some avocado magic. My main goal was to see if anything happened, and potentially encourage some healthy growth. This recipe is a super basic, all-in-one product that will do miracles for your hair (and mental health).
I needed to pamper my hair after neglecting it for so long. I chopped off the damaged parts to express a new beginning, a time to mend the bond I tore with many abusive hair dyes. They might have brought me fleeting excitement, but each one faded to gray eventually. This decay crept slowly inward as I lost interest in caring for my appearance, losing my joy and sense of self. Ah, depression…
(Joining you fresh from a very bubbly bath. Mmmmm, it’s soo nice to sit and steam out your problems).
Till next time…