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Natural Beauty Recipe: Installment 1

This one is for mawaridi who requested a moisturizing hair recipe for her newly bleached hair.

Avocado and Banana Hair Mask:
The purpose of this mask is to restore moisture, balance, and protein in hair to prevent further chemical and physical damage.

What you need:
1 ripe Hoss avocado
1 ripe banana
Olive Oil (EVOO or OO are both fine)
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1 egg
1 medium bowl
a cutting knife, the sharper the better
something to mash with or pulverize -- a blender, food processor, a stand mixer (this works best) or just a fork or one of those meat tenderizing hammers

What you do:
1. Cut the avocado in half horizontally across the avocado. Cut closer to the largest end (the bulbous end, not the pointy end) of the avocado. Take a spoon and pull the pit out. Then take the spoon and put it between the shell of the avocado and the fruit itself from each cut side. Gently pull it out. Cut the avocado as many times as possible because you'll want small pieces.

2. Cut the banana in half length-wise, then go back and chop it up horizontally.

3. Pulverize both. You can use anything to do this, but you'll want to get most of the clumps out. The banana will be the biggest problem. The first time I did this recipe, I didn't get the banana small enough and it left clumps in my hair.

4. Add in your yogurt.

5. Crack in the egg and drizzle olive oil into it.

6. Mix everything together very well.

7. You can store this in an old conditioner bottle, a travel size bottle, or just in a bowl. Apply to the hair, focusing on the ends first, and then up to your roots. If you have a very oily scalp, don't apply this to the scalp.

8. Leave this in your hair as long as you want. I cover my hair with saran wrap to trap the heat, which aids the hair shaft in absorbing the nutrients. You can also use this on damp, warm hair. I find that 20 to 30 minutes works very well.

10. Get into the shower and shampoo your hair as usual. You should notice that your hair feels pretty silken after you rinse the shampoo. Apply your conditioner. Comb the conditioner through your hair to make sure there are no clumps from the banana. Rinse your conditioner as usual. If you have any mixture left, it works very well as conditioner too, so feel free to apply more to the ends of your hair and then rinse it out.

I use this often as a treatment before and after I dye my hair or whenever I feel like my hair is suffering. This is especially wonderful for the winter months! I hope you like it. :)
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