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Field Test: Avocado Hair Mask with Honey, Lemon & Olive Oil

Avocado on white

This field test was inspired by a very specific problem, and it wasn’t a beauty problem. I had an avocado which had been camping out in my fridge for about three weeks. I could tell it was overripe by touch and the thought of all those brown, fibrous parts that inevitably had developed did not excite my palate.

So I decided to do what I usually do with overripe food: stick it on my head.

Not really, but I knew there were some who have gone before me into the realm of avocado beauty treatments. I found this one and this one, which promote shiny hair and have great tutorial explanations. I couldn’t decide which I preferred, mostly because I use honey for everything, but know olive oil is awesome for hydration too and lemon promotes shine, so I stuck both recipes together!

Here’s my amended recipe:

Avocado Hair Mask

  • 1 ripe/overripe Haas avocado
  • 2 tbsp. local raw honey
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Now let’s make some hair guacamole!

I put it all in a bowl and smooshed it together with a fork until I had a green paste as shown in my inspiration recipes. Then I put the lumpy mess on my head and left it to marinate for about 45 mins. to an hour. The original recipes call for 20-45 mins.

I rinsed my hair thoroughly in the shower and then washed and conditioned it as normal. It took maybe two goes of shampoo to get all the oiliness out. Then, I let it air dry.

The Verdict:

Would do again.

There’s a sore lack of photos from this whole process because originally I didn’t plan on making a field test out of it. After all had dried I wrote it off as a mediocre mask that wasn’t worth the trouble to do again. I didn’t notice any crazy shine in mirror, though my hair did feel really smooth.

Then I started to get the compliments though.

“Did you cut your hair?”

“Your hair looks really healthy!”

I revisited the mirror. I still didn’t see the shine, but my hair was laying very nicely. It was like I had taken a lot of time to style it that morning, when in reality I just did a quick brush through with a round boar hair brush.

I don’t want to oversell it, so here are some pictures with and without flash.

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