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Friday, January 28, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Hair Mask

* This treatment can be used as a deep conditioner. 
** You can also use it as a skin mask minus the olive oil and add honey.

Ingredients
  • 1 4oz jar banana baby food / 1 whole banana (if using a whole banana smash it, put in food processor, & strain it to make sure there's no chucks)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 table spoons unsweetened oatmeal
  • few drops of olive oil (sorry didn't measure)
  • few drops of milk (sorry didn't measure)
Instructions
  1. Mix oatmeal, olive oil, and milk in glass or plastic bowl until it becomes a paste.
  2. Add egg and banana to mixture and stir until well blended.
  3. Apply evenly to detangled hair in small sections from roots to ends.
  4. Let set for at least 15 minutes then rinse with cold/cool water. DO NOT USE WARM/HOT WATER BECAUSE IT MAY CAUSE EGG TO COOK IN HAIR.
  5. Shampoo, Condition, & Style as usual.
 Benefits of Main Ingredients
  1. Banana enhances strength. endurance, and shine of hair. Helps prevent split ends. Combats dandruff problems. Also helps retain scalp moisture.
  2. Oatmeal is a well known gentle cleansing agent which fights dryness and itchiness of the scalp. It also promotes soft and shiny hair.
  3. Eggs are rich in protein which leads to stronger strands and less breakage.  It provides moisture to hair causing smoother and shinier hair. With continuous use it could lead to thicker hair.


My Experience With The Hair Mask

First let me say, I AM IN LOVE with the Banana Oatmeal Hair Mask. 

I've been searching for a while for a recipe that could serve as a homemade hair mask and deep conditioner, but just couldn't find one that I found totally appealing, so I put my thinking cap on and took ideas from various hair and skin recipes and tweaked them to my liking and came up with this concoction. 

It's thick enough to use as a mask, yet creamy and moisturizing enough for a deep conditioner. And for an added bonus the egg gives you just enough protein to strength the hair strands without making your hair hard and brittle.

While applying the mask to my hair, I immediately noticed that my curls and ringlets were becoming well defined. I was in complete awe because no commercial product has ever given my hair that much definition. After about 30 minutes I rinsed the mask out and shampooed with Suave's Naturals Tropical Coconut Shampoo. To my surprise my curls were still well defined and very soft before using my regular conditioner (Suave's Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner). I let that set for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out.

What's my verdict? Like I stated earlier...I love this stuff.  I'm definitely glad I took the time to do my research on the ingredients before starting to mix things together.  This is only my first time using it but I can honestly say the main ingredients surely live up to there claims. My hair felt stronger, softer, and smoother. It was shiner. And the dry scalp I was experiencing in the front of my head is currently nonexistent.  

Next time, I'll be using it as a deep conditioner.  Hopefully the results will be as great.
 

9 comments:

  1. I tried this yesterday and it definitely works. I only used banana(Gerber baby food) after I did a protein treatment. At first I thought it was the protein treatment that made my curls more defined but it was actually the banana. I applied it for thirty minutes after I did a protein treatment. My hair became so curly and full of spirals which never happened before and it felt so much stronger combined with the protein I did that made my hair become so much thicker. I normally do 21 small braids for a braid out. I had to do 34 braids because my hair was so thick! It was amazing. Banana hair mask is definitely a keeper for me.

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  2. Not trying to offend anyone but can white people use this too? It sounds like a great thing to put. On to hair and I'd like to try it

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  3. To anon- Yep! They can and do ;)...it's all natural and god for anyone's hair/skin. -C

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