Friday, May 11, 2012

Avocado + Olive Oil Hair Mask

My love affair with all things avocado is no secret. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then every snack in between. Currently, my favorite breakfast consists of two poached eggs and half of an avocado with some sea salt and lime juice. I throw sliced avocado in my lunchtime salads and when grilled chicken needs a little kick in the pants, I mix up some avocado with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, lime juice and sea salt and we have avocado mousse. Heaven and Christmas and my very first NSYNC concert and all similarly wonderful feelings right on my plate. The little guys are filled with tons of good vitamins, nutrients and the "good fats". Call me crazy but ever since I have added avocado to my daily diet, my hair is shinier and my skin is clearer. I swear to you, I am not making this up.

Well my haircare loving friends, avocado scores again! This time, starring in an at home hair treatment. 

I have AP to thank for this incredible concoction of creamy, dreamy avocado smashed with the nectar of culinary life (olive oil) that leaves your hair extra shiny, healthy and oh so princess like. I have been singing songe of praise to the angel choirs of the hair gods regarding this hair mask since I talked about it HERE, but I never posted an official tutorial. And since my hair is due for some of this delicious TLC, I thought this would be the perfect way to round out the week.

Adjust this recipe accordingly, depending on how long your locks are. 
My hair is long and I used slightly over half of a large, ripe Haas avocado (the big ones).  

1. Mash the avocado, then whisk in approximately 1/4 cup of olive oil. I recommend doing this over the kitchen sink so that you don't clog your bathroom sink. 

2. Run the hair mask through your hair, coating your whole head. 

3. Wrap it up in a shower cap and hang out with your guacamole head for 30 minutes or so. 

When you're ready, hit the showers! Rinse out the mask in its entirety, and shampoo and condition then style as you normally would. This hair mask is recommended once a month.

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