Banana Hair Mask

Banana Hair Mask

I was born in the ’80s, so I grew up surrounded by big hair. Jem, Barbie, Smurfette–even my favorite dolls and cartoons were in on-trend. Meanwhile, my thin, limp hair has always been a bit on the pathetic side. When I was a kid, my mom would perm the hell out of my hair and cut it into unflattering shapes, hoping to get it to do something more than just lay there. Most of the time, it just ended up looking even worse than when we started. I’ve mostly come to terms with the sad fact that I will never have big, glamorous hair. Still, I occasionally dabble with new hairstyles and products, hopeful that if I could just figure out the right cut, the right color, the right styling product, maybe my hair will totally transform into something completely different. For the most part, the more dramatic transformations end up being horrible mistakes. For example, a couple weeks ago I gave myself bangs on a whim. Bad idea, unless nerdy adolescent was the look I was going for. (It wasn’t.) For now, at least until my latest hair mistake grows out, I’ve restricted myself to only trying out things that are less permanent–like hair masks. A couple days ago, I decided to try out a DIY banana hair mask. Not only do you only need one ingredient, but it’s also a great way to use up old bananas if you’re not into baking. I did some research and found out that Dr. Oz actually recommended banana hair masks on his show a couple years ago. Unfortunately, according to some random angry people on the internet, not everyone mashed up the bananas enough, and they got chunks stuck in their hair for days. Oops. After reading all that, I didn’t have high expectations, so I was actually pleasantly surprised when I had good results. So here’s what you’ll need to gather up: overripe banana towel shower cap blender MASH THAT BANANA First of all, make sure you choose an old banana with brown spots. The mushier the better, as long as it hasn’t started to smell bad. Next, throw the banana into the blender and turn it into liquid. Seriously, don’t get lazy here. You don’t want any chunks, unless you want to join the hoards of Dr. Oz’s ex-fans who probably still haven’t gotten that banana gunk out of their hair. So blend it until it’s completely smooth, and then blend it a bit more, just to make sure. APPLY IT Wrap the towel around your shoulders because it’s about to get pretty messy. If you’re fancy, you could probably apply the mask with a spatula or something, but I just gooped it on with my hands. I concentrated the banana goop on the ends of my hair, and then worked it to about ear-level. My scalp is pretty oily, so it really doesn’t need any extra moisture there. (Yes, I know, hairstylists always tell me oily skin is just thirsty skin, blah, blah, blah. You do what works for you, but moisture at my roots just makes my hair gross.) COVER UP AND RELAX Apply the shower cap, cover everything up with a towel and relax for about 30 minutes. This would be a good time to grab a book and take a bubble bath. Even with the cap and towel, the mask was still pretty messy, so you probably don’t want to be running around the house. RINSE Finally, rinse out the banana mask with water. Afterward, I just shampooed and conditioned as usual. I didn’t have any trouble removing the banana from my hair, and it came out nice and smooth after the treatment, with less frizz than usual. And unlike other moisturizing treatments, the banana mask didn’t weigh my thin hair down at all. Oh, and it made my hair smell like bananas! (I guess it’s up to you on whether that’s a pro or con.) Have you tried a banana hair mask? Any other single-ingredient hair treatments?
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Banana Hair Mask

Search Add New Question How do I wrap my hair in a plastic wrap? wikiHow Contributor Tip your head upside down, twist your hair to make a bun, but don’t tie it. Then while placing a hand over the bun, put the plastic bag over your hair and use the handles to secure it tightly around your head. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 10 How do I get rid of bits of banana left in my hair after using a banana hair mask? wikiHow Contributor Make sure there are no big chunks of banana, because they are hard to get out once they dry. Blend you mask well. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 4 Can I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner after, or can I only wash it out with water? wikiHow Contributor Normally, you would shampoo and condition before you do the mask. Then after the mask, just rinse it out with water and let it air dry. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 8 Can I apply this mask to my hair if my hair is thin and dry? wikiHow Contributor Yes, just make sure it is washed out of your hair in order to keep your hair light. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
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Banana Hair Mask

Directions to prepare hair mask Get your ripe banana and extra virgin olive oil ready. Now into a blender, throw in your ripe banana (roughly chopped) and grind to a smooth, lump-free puree. This is crucial because you do not want to end up with lumps in your hair. Open up the blender and add your olive oil into the pureed banana. Give it another whirl in the blender. You will now have a really frothy and creamy hair mask that smells absolutely divine! Your banana olive oil hair mask is now ready for application! Get into the shower, wet your hair and use your fingers to apply the hair mask evenly through your hair strands and scalp as well. Allow it to sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Then rinse off thoroughly to reveal hydrated and conditioned, shiny hair!
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Banana Hair Mask

How to make a banana and olive oil hair maskIt’s simple really, you only need banana and olive oil to make this amazing hair mask for damaged locks. It’s important to combine the ingredients thoroughly for best results. The banana should be blended into a smooth puree with no lumps. Use this hair mask once a week to restore damaged hair back to its former lustre. You can store excess hair mask for up to a week in the refrigerator, but if its starts smelling funky, throw it away.
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Banana Hair Mask

I was really frustrated with my frizzy hair. It used to be smooth and shiny but somewhere along the way after my cancer therapy, it lost its texture and thickness. My hair used to stand on end and fly all over the place. Well, I used this banana and honey mask. The difference is that I used it after oiling my hair and wrapping a warm, moist towel around it for 20 minutes prior to the banana mask. IT has worked wonders for my hair. I can’t quite believe the difference it has made! Yes, there are a few banana flakes in my hair, but hey! Who cares!! Yahoo. Thanks a lot. Strongly recommended.
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It’s simple really, you only need banana and olive oil to make this amazing hair mask for damaged locks. It’s important to combine the ingredients thoroughly for best results. The banana should be blended into a smooth puree with no lumps. Use this hair mask once a week to restore damaged hair back to its former lustre. You can store excess hair mask for up to a week in the refrigerator, but if its starts smelling funky, throw it away.
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Banana tip: If you want to save yourself the hassle of blending the banana, just use banana baby food puree. Open the banana puree bottle, add the remaining ingredients and mix well and you are ready to go. This will also save you from banana bits sticking to your hair.
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I tried the banana mask, but substituted 2 tsp olive oil. I have tried it with and without the avacado. This is amazing. My fine blond hair has more shine and elacticity. I find that banana’s over ripe work best. I have used it 3 times and I get comments all the time. You do not need a blender. Mash up a banana or 2, add 2 tsp oilve oil, stir… Apply to dry hair, and work into your scalp and hair. Leave on for 30 minutes. Then wash with a mild shampoo, and your regular conditioner. Try to avoid flat irons. Avoid over processing your hair. If you need a weave. Ask for 5 foils instead of a full or partial. The effect is healthy hair. It works.

Rose Stone December 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm ReplyI tried the banana mask, but substituted 2 tsp olive oil. I have tried it with and without the avacado. This is amazing. My fine blond hair has more shine and elacticity. I find that banana’s over ripe work best. I have used it 3 times and I get comments all the time. You do not need a blender. Mash up a banana or 2, add 2 tsp oilve oil, stir… Apply to dry hair, and work into your scalp and hair. Leave on for 30 minutes. Then wash with a mild shampoo, and your regular conditioner. Try to avoid flat irons. Avoid over processing your hair. If you need a weave. Ask for 5 foils instead of a full or partial. The effect is healthy hair. It works.

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