If your avocados become too ripe to eat, don’t throw them away. Besides their use for skin, they make a wonderful mask for hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins C, K, E and contain almost all vitamins B except B12. They also contain some protein (4.02g), copper, potassium. Probably one of the most significant qualities about avocados is its high fat content (45%). Fat is necessary for soft hair and prevention against hair loss.
Flaxseeds (also known as linseeds) are a super-food that are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids (133%). These fatty acids help to promote hair growth, as well as add sheen and luster to hair. Proper amount of omega-3 in your diet prevents dry, itchy, flaky scalp and is beneficial in reversing hair loss. They are also an excellent anti-oxidant which helps to prevent damage to hair from free-radicals.
I consume a lot of avocados and I eat ground flaxseed daily. Some days I add it to my oatmeal, and on other days I blend it into my fruit smoothie. I have seen a noticeable improvement in my hair’s growth, strength, and it falls out a lot less than it used to when I ate meat and dairy. However, living in Costa Rica makes it unruly and at times I use way to much oil on my hair to reduce the frizz. I decided to give this treatment a try to see if it will help improve its texture and lessen the frizz without the need to use a blow-dryer and other hot tools on my hair.
There are many hair mask recipes on the internet. This is a very simple version and one that will probably need repeating for maximum results. Yes. This mask looks unappetizing but the benefits of healthy hair are worth it. Besides, this is using old avocados so you won’t be eating it.
You Will Need:
1 over-ripe avocado of medium size or 2 small ones
1/3 cup of water
1 Tbs of ground flaxseed (brown or golden)
A non-metallic bowl for mixing
A small container with a lid for flaxseed water
An old tank top to wear for the treatment (or just hang out topless if you so feel inclined).
Preparation The Night Before (or at least 6 hours before):
Combine the water and flaxseed into a container and cover with a lid. Shake well for about 1 minute. Let stand overnight.
The Day of Your Treatment:
Peel your avocado and place in a non-metallic bowl. Mash them like you would potatoes with a fork.
Give your container of flaxseed water a good shake. Using a strainer, pour in 2/3 of the water into the bowl of mashed avocados.
Mix until the consistency is thin like a pancake batter. Get out most chunks to make it smooth.
After the mixture is prepared, saturate your hair with it.The flaxseed water will make the solution drip, but you can squeeze out the excess in your hair. If your hair is long enough, you can put it in a bun on top of your head.
Something that you can do while your hair is getting bathed in goodness, is to strain the remaining water from your ground flaxseeds. The flaxseeds can be added to your compost, or you can throw them into a smoothie (which is another wonderful activity you can do while you wait).
Next, wash and condition your hair as you normally do, but at the end, pour in the remaining flaxseed water. You will leave it in.
Style as usual.
I used a blow-dryer and my fingers just until my hair was almost dry. I normally let it air dry, but I couldn’t wait to see the results. Although I still have some frizz, I noticed that my hair felt a lot softer and appeared a lot fuller.
Most natural treatments or changes to your diet take a while to appear as a significant improvement or change. This treatment may vary due to hair type, weather, and where you are in your healthy living routine. I am definitely going to repeat my raw avocado and flaxseed water hair treatment again in the future, so if you notice any improvements to my hair in the future, you will probably know why.