Here are some popular avocado oil treatments for improving the shine, strength and quality of your hair. There is no need to buy expensive commercial conditioning treatments when these are so easy to make at home, all from ingredients straight out of the kitchen.
Hot Oil Treatment
Blend three to five tablespoons of avocado oil (depending on length of your hair) with three to five tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil and heat them in a saucepan on a very low heat until warmed to a comfortable temperature.
If you have it, you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil and mix it in. Other essential oils like lavender or sandalwood can also be used, but rosemary oil is known to be especially good for the hair and scalp.
Apply the oil to freshly washed hair and gently massage it in. Cover with a shower cap, or ideally wrap it in a very warm towel you don’t mind washing and leave for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Wash out well as normal, but you won’t need any conditioner after this hot oil treatment. Many people online say they’ve never felt their hair as soft or seen it so shining.
Homemade Avocado Oil Conditioner
Whisk up two tablespoons of avocado oil, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt (the real yogurt, not the sugary ‘fruit’ stuff).
Smooth all over damp hair, cover with a shower cap and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash out thoroughly, preferably with a chemical free shampoo, but as with the hot oil treatment, you won’t need any store bought conditioner after this treatment has done its work.
The easiest of all avocado oil hair treatments is to simply buy a basic, natural conditioner, with as little chemicals in it is possible, and add some of the oil to it while it’s in your palm. Mix it together in your hands before rubbing it in. You might need to do this a couple of times for longer hair. Not having hair long enough to really warrant the other treatments above that often, this is what I usually do myself.
I actually keep one bottle of unrefined avocado oil in the bathroom for my hair and as a face moisturizer and one in the kitchen for healthy cooking and salad dressings. Regardless of where you keep it, avocado oil is best stored in a dark cupboard, away from the light for the longest shelf life.
One final important tip for your hair. As good as these treatments are at bringing some quick strength and shine, really healthy hair comes from great nutrition over time. Avocado oil has many health benefits, including improving your hair. For some of the best brands see the page on where to find good avocado oil online.
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