Going Bananas! combatting dry winter hair

Mashed banana on your hair might sound a little crazy, but you will be surprised what a difference a banana hair mask can make!

Going Bananas! combatting dry winter hair

With December, winter begins to set in. You can feel it in the early morning breeze and the nip in the air at night. But sadly, with winter, everything seems to get drier and duller - your skin, lips and of course your hair. Dry winter air zaps the essential moisture of the hair and they end up dry and brittle. But don’t you worry, the wreckage can be arrested by giving your strands some extra tender loving care in the form of deep conditioning treatment. And when it comes to what treatment is best, well we've gone totally bananas with our quick to make remedy.

So what makes bananas so great?

Aside from coming in their own handy wrapper, bananas have long been a tasty source of nutrition. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. While it’s true that potassium can be found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even meats, it only takes one banana to provide you with 23% of the potassium that you need on a daily basis.  Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, and magnesium, but free of sodium and cholesterol. At the same time, they are almost fat free, and relatively low in calories—depending on its size, a banana has only about 90 to 110 calories. They contain high-grade protein and three of the essential amino acids. Bananas contain 41% of the daily requirement for vitamin B6, unfortunately not everyone enjoys a banana-a-day. If you’re not a fan of bananas or have limited fruit and veggie intake consider adding a vitamin supplement.


But what about my hair?

The benefits of bananas are not just limited to health but also make excellent beauty treatments as well. This tropical fruit is an effective beauty treatment for skin as well as hair. Bananas are great for your hair and scalp. They improve manageability and shine, prevent and control dandruff, and moisturise your scalp. Bananas are rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins, which help soften the hair and protect the hair’s natural elasticity, preventing split ends and breakage.  While many banana hair products are available only at expensive spas and salons, there are lots of DIY recipes you can prepare easily in your own kitchen. Just like a facial mask enhances the glow of your face, a banana hair mask also improves your hair dramatically and instantly. Bananas are full of vitamins and are a number one ingredient for strengthening and volumising the hair. Bananas also help repair dry hair.

Oh, and remember all that potassium? Your hair also loves potassium because it’s great for strengthening and thickening fine hair.  The hair mask recipe you’ll need will depend on what type of hair you have and what types of problems you may be experiencing with your hair.

Moisturising Banana and Coconut Hair Mask

True, this recipe may sound more like the base of a tropical drink you would expect to enjoy by a pool in Hawaii but it’s actually a fantastic moisturiser for winter damaged dry or even coarse hair. Remember not to use more coconut oil than is called for, as it could leave your hair looking greasy. When used properly, however, this mask will soften even the most stubborn tresses.

Coconut

Coconut is not only delicious but it’s also full of amazing hair-healing properties. Unlike many store-bought products that simply add a synthetic coating to the strands of your hair, the chemical structure of coconut oil enables the fatty acids to actually penetrate the hair shaft. Your hair will be rejuvenated from the inside out! Coconut oil physically replenishes and adds volume to the hair for long-lasting moisture and shine.

Coconut milk applied to the scalp gives a cooling sensation. It nourishes your hair by giving natural moisture from roots to ends. And coconut milk is a great organic hair conditioner, which will give you longer and thicker hair.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil (use even less if you have fine or short hair)
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 ripe banana

Directions:

In a bowl, mash the banana. Add coconut oil and milk and mix well.

Apply to clean, dry hair, covering all hair right to the ends.

Cover hair with plastic shower cap or clingfilm wrap and leave for 30 minutes.

Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as normal.


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