How to Make a Conditioning Banana Hair Mask
Natural hair and skin care is quickly gaining in popularity the world over. Lacking the toxic compounds that many commercial products rely on, many natural home remedies are just as or even more effective when used correctly.
You must keep in mind that hair is dead. Once it leaves the scalp, it cannot heal itself. Piling vitamins onto the hair shaft will not make it healthy. It may help (I am no scientist) to add vitamins to the scalp. Keeping your hair regularly trimmed will remove split ends, preventing them from wrecking the rest of your hair. The idea is to use these remedies correctly and be careful with stressing your hair in order to achieve good results.
Banana Conditioning Hair Mask Recipe
Bananas have natural moisturizing properties. When carefully prepared, the liquid-thin paste is easily rinsed from hair, leaving it soft, shiny and manageable. The mixture should never be lumpy or very thick.
You Will Need
- Peeled Bananas
- ½ cup Milk
- 2 tablespoons Glycerin
- Plastic Hair Cap
Puree the banana and milk mixture in a food processor until it has liquefied. Water can be added to make the mixture runnier. Strain through a piece of fine-weave cheesecloth. It may take two or three times to remove the smallest particles. Add the glycerin to the bowl and mix well.
Comb your dry hair thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb. If you must use a standard brush, make sure to comb your hair first. Apply the mixture making sure to cover every inch of your scalp and to the very ends of the hair shaft. Put on the shower cap and allow the mixture to sit for at least ten minutes.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo (I use African black soap mixed with water, glycerin and essential oils). Carefully blot your hair dry, avoid rubbing it as it weakens the hair shaft. Allow your hair to dry before combing it out.
My hair is fine and thin and gets oily at the roots with dry ends. This conditioner worked the first time for me giving my hair some shine, softness and made it easy to comb. I did not use cheesecloth to strain it and had a major problem with banana particles stuck to the hair shaft like bits of cement. Straining the mixture thoroughly before use takes care of that problem.
On an additional note- strain the mixture- do not squeeze it through the cheesecloth. If you apply pressure to it you will end up with chunks. I speak from personal experience.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on January 27, 2011:
Its works really well. Just remember to strain it thoroughly before applying.
bushraismail from ASIA on January 26, 2011:
ah lovely and easy. i will try and tell u the results.
Isadora (author) from Tennessee on September 30, 2010:
Good idea, thank you!
HABMATH on September 30, 2010:
Good advice!Banana really softens and volumizes hair.However you might try blending banana in your diluted shampoo.You will save a step and rinsing the banana will be much easier.