The thing about avocados is that they are not very attractive to look at on the outside; some of the species have a rough skin with lumps and bumps along the way. However, this vegetable validates the term “beauty on the inside”. Avocados are a rich source of Vitamins A, E, K, C, B6, potassium, protein, copper, oleic acid and folate. Nutritionists agree that it is a complete food, and it is chockfull of the good fats.
The fatty goodness of the avocado is what makes it so attractive for the hair and skin. In centuries past, the Egyptians would use the avocado to prevent hair loss and as a natural moisturizer. Today we still use it for its moisturizing properties, it makes hair shiny and supple and keeps the hair and skin moisturized.
The avocado flesh can be used by itself crushed, strained and applied to the hair, it is also sold as avocado oil and avocado butter. These are all useful ways to utilize the veggie for hair.
To use the vegetable by itself, this recipe is very useful: Avocado Hair Conditioner Recipe
To use avocado as a premature gray rinse: Alfalfa, Carrot & Avocado Oil Premature Gray Rinse
To use avocado as a moisturizer, skin lotion, or deep conditioner this recipe is also handy: Avocado Butter Deep Conditioner For Dry Hair
The avocado is used in several commercial preparations including my latest buy Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner, 13 Fluid Ounce, but you can make your own avocado hair mask at home and experience the benefits of avocado straight from nature.
Benefits of Avocado for Hair
1. Moisturizes the hair
Healthy oils and butters contain vitamins and minerals that are useful in repairing dry damaged hair and avocado is very rich in several nutrients. Avocado can be used to strengthen and moisturize brittle hair to prevent it from damage, or breaking.
2. Promotes Hair growth
Your hair grows quarter to half an inch every month, however vitamin deficiencies, scalp disorders or diseases can lead to hair loss or lack of growth. Regular use of avocado can be used as part of a treatment program for hair that seems as if it is not growing.
3. Heals Dry, Damaged hair
Avocado oil is a natural moisturizer and therefore can help prevent your hair from drying out. You can use it on the scalp in order to treat dry roots and on your ends to treat brittle ends. Massage a small amount of avocado oil directly into your scalp and leave it overnight and check the difference in the morning.
4. Treats Scalp Conditions
Scalp conditions such as dandruff, dry scalp, psoriasis and eczema can benefit greatly from avocado oil, a regular massage with avocado oil is said to be effective along with other good health practices.
5. Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocado is the best food source of vitamin E which as an essential vitamin for hair health.