Jan 10, 2022
4 mins read
Use once weekly, at least twice monthly for juicy, moisturized coils. Best applied to dry hair for maximum absorption. If you are allergic to any ingredients, do not use. If you have never consumed an ingredient, do a skin test prior to use.
So. I really try to only use things on my body that I can actually eat. Key word, TRY. The thing about this natural hair journey for me is that there is ALWAYS! SOMETHING! So, as often as I can, I try (there’s that word again) to make some treatments on my own. My inner kitchen witch and my inner child (the girl who loved to play in dirt) LIVE for the days I whip up a little something for my scalp. Cuz… lord knows there are days that my slick back up-do is tired of me too and the only way out be through — let me TELL you. So. Here’s my most regular escape route aka Houdini-hack back to manageable hair.The healthy fats and vitamins of avocado, moisture of aloe, the protein of the egg, and shine of honey and lemon pack the necessary punch and repair.
Supplies: Mesh strainer, medium sized bowl, knife, fork, spoon, hand blender (optional).
1 ripe-to-the-touch small Hass avocado
1 large egg
1/3 cup of Olive Oil (option to sub with other healthy oils ie coconut, sunflower etc)
1/3 cup of honey
3 inch cut of a large fresh Aloe leaf (about 4 Tbsps)
Juice of 1/2 a small lemon (exclude for color treated hair)
Step 1: Begin by putting the mesh strainer into the bowl; the mesh strainer will remove any strings from the food ingredients that would be difficult to wash out of your hair. After cutting open and pitting the avocado, use the spoon to scoop out the fruit into the mesh strainer. Using the spoon or your fingertips in small circular motions, push the avocado through the strainer. Once it is on the bottom side of the strainer, use the spoon to scoop the mash off into the bowl. Rinse out and dispose of the leftover debris out so that it doesn’t filter through with the next ingredient.
Step 2: Next, slice open your aloe from one side to the other and scoop out the gel into your strainer. Again using the spoon or your fingertips, smash and ground the chunks of gel so that they break down into a smoother gel and make it through the strainer. During this step, the aloe may become frothy with bubbles and seem to not be passing through. If so, let it sit for 5 mins or so; the air will eventually escape and the slippery part will filter through. Repeat this process until the remaining chunks are small and cannot be reduced anymore. Use your fingers to pull the remaining aloe from the bottom side of the strainer into the bowl. You can rinse the strainer and put it to the side until the very end.
Step 3: Using your fork, begin to gently mix the aloe and avocado together. As it starts to combine, slowly pour in your olive oil as you continue stirring.
Step 4: Once the olive oil is mostly mixed in, crack your egg into the bowl. For those with naturally oily hair, you can simply use the egg white. For those with drier hair, use the whole egg. Mix more rapidly to be sure that the egg is beat in thoroughly.
Step 5: Continuing to stir, pour in your honey and squeeze in your lemon (optional, as lemon can cause hair bleaching; EXCLUDE LEMON IF YOU HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR). Steady your bowl and use your fork to whip the mixture more rapidly in order to aerate it, ensuring that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout. Option to use your hand blender on low until you achieve the desired consistency. Optional to run the mixture through the strainer a final time, but I never do. TBH.
The final result should be a homogenous, slightly fluffed, slippery texture that can be easily distributed throughout hair. Optimal results reached with maximum of 30 minutes of leave-in time. Cover with a shower cap or heat treatment cap (or plastic bag, IYKYK). Possible addition to sit under dryer, low heat for 15 mins instead. Rinse with cool water so that the ingredients do not bind to your hair. Follow with your favorite shampoo and conditioner, styling as usual. Be sure to seal in the new moisture with your preferred oil after rinsing! Personally, I apply to my entire head as a whole first, then proceed to finger comb the mixture through from root to tip in sections, applying more as I go.
DISCARD REMAINING MIXTURE (raw Avocado does NOT hold well).
Be right back with sum’n else real soon…