DIY haircare: Banana mask for long, shiny hair

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Especially now that my hair’s bleached I’m more keen than ever to keep it nourished and well cared for. I’m always on the look-out for natural remedies I can make at home and I came across this banana hair mask that’s supposed to help grow your hair super long and thick, while maintaining shine and keeping frizz at bay- sounds like a dream, right?

I decided to give it a go and I customised the recipe to include the things I actually had available to be in my kitchen.

You will need:

1.5 Bananas

1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 teaspoons of Virgin Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon of Clear Honey

Some recipes also included coconut milk

These measurements are very subjective and I’d advise just playing it by ear/eye. It depends on the consistency of your banana, start by mashing it and then add the other ingredients until you have the right consistency. You want it to be smooth and liquidy but not too runny, think puree style. You can mix by hand or put your mixture through a blender, try and eliminate as many banana chunks as you can (trust me).

Once your mask is well mixed, apply to damp hair (this is optional I just find that it helps the mask sit better on my hair and wetting my curly hair makes it easier to get it all covered by the mixture.

Then you want to leave the mix on your hair for 15-20 mins, you can always go for longer, and add a shower-cap or plastic bag over your hair if you want added warmth to help the mask penetrate.

Eww, I know. It took so long to wash those sticky banana chunks out, I’m talking another 2 or 3 rinses. A handy tip to avoid this would be to put your banana mix through a blender or to buy banana puree or organic baby food to get your chunk free fix.

Then rinse off, depending on how well you mixed your mask you might need to comb out some banana chunks. Tedious as hell but beauty is pain, right?

And there you have it! Your new and improved hair. It’s waay too soon to tell if the mask is helping my hair grow but I really enjoyed making and using it and my hair did feel incredibly smooth when I washed it out. I scrunched my hair with leave in conditioner and I was good to go.

The benefits

We all know about the benefits of using oil in our haircare routines but what about banana and honey, why do they belong in our hair as well as on top of our porridge?

Banana

Bananas are great nourishment for out bodies so it makes sense that they’re also a nutritious treat for our hair. Bananas are high in vitamins and minerals, for example: Vitamin B6 and C, potassium, dietary fiber, and magnesium. Bananas also contain protein and three of the essential amino acids. Amazing, right?

I’d never considered using bananas in natural skincare but a quick Google search gave me lots of results and people were raving about the benefits.

According to Hair Buddha, the benefits of using banana in a hair-mask is that it:

Deep conditions hair and hydrates every strand

Leaves hair feeling soft, silky and shiny

Encourages faster hair growth

Tames frizz and fly-aways

Greatly reduces split ends

Adds elasticity, manageability and shine

Honey

Turns out honey is a crazy-good product to use in your hair, I’m talking like super-food for you hair. Who knew?

Honey reduces breakage, therefore helps you retain length and hair seems to grow quicker. It has antioxidant properties which help keep your hair and scalp healthy. And for ladies and gents with dry hair, the humectant properties of honey mean it works as a natural moisturiser, maintaining and regulating moisture in your strands. 

Sounds incredible to me, I’ll be adding a squeeze of honey in with my conditioner from now on because I could really do with these benefits!

Conclusion

So there you have it, another DIY recipe but this time for smooth, shiny fast growing hair. I’ll definitely be trying this one again, it’s all-natural, smells yummy and it’s cheap, quick and easy to make.

If you try it let me know what you think!

Celine x

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