My readers all know the story of how I ended up with a bowl cut at age 8, after Momma's insistence that I was not properly caring for my head and hair with the appropriate cleansing practices. I was, understandably, devastated, but she insisted that my hair was consistently oily because I did not shampoo properly- "Clean until it squeaks," she'd say.
While the debate still rages in my family, I'm quite certain that the hair which later went on to grow thick and excessively oily (right through my greasy faced teenage years,) was a bit more of a case of hormones and ancestry than personal hygiene negligence. As I've aged, however I've processed my hair, and shocked it with numerous harsh styling practices. the delicate balance of natural moisture has quickly faded leaving dull hair and a dry scalp.
Once the dust settled, my once beautiful thick head of hair reduced to a thin clump of easily tangled, multi length strands, I was simply grateful to have any hair. Every single stylist told me to cut it off; pixie length short. Determined that that should be the last resort, I, instead, looked into natural treatments to help restore my hair's natural properties, and encourage growth. One of the things that particularly worked for me was a simple, natural, DIY Hair Masque made of honey, coconut oil, and avocado. A simple paste made of these 3 ingredients (recipe and instructions at the bottom,) left on my hair for just a half an hour each week truly did help restore natural shone and moisture to my damaged hair. It even cut down on frizz!
What Daughter Says: My hair doesn't squeak, but it certainly does shine like it's healthy!
Avocado, Honey, and Coconut Hair Mask
2 TBS Coconut Oil
1 Ripe Avocado
1 TBS Honey
1. Microwave coconut oil in a small bowl on Medium heat for 10 seconds, just to melt.
2. Grind avocado (pit and skin removed) to make a thick paste- or food process until even in texture. Some chunks are okay, it is to preference.
3. Combine all 3 ingredients in a small bowl and mix well until a masque is formed. Work generously into scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. If root to tip application is desired you will need to double the recipe. Rinse with warm water and condition as usual. Repeat weekly for an increase in shine and natural moisture.