For years I have used coconut hair oil for my frizzy and dry hair. But lately, I started to feel that my hair are kind of taking coconut oil for granted; like they aren’t benefiting as much as they used to. So I recently switched to avocado oil, on my friend’s suggestion. And I couldn’t be more satisfied.
So in this article, I am going to share with you all the knowledge I gained about this oil before I started using it like oxygen. I will explain to you why I consider it to be as good as coconut oil, what are the methods of using it and how it impacts your overall hair health.
First of all, let’s clear the air regarding common myths people seem to believe about avocado oil.
Common myths about Avocado oil
You must know that avocado and avocado oil are not the same. According to a this website, a gently manufactured avocado oil, when separated from its pulp, loses a large amount of vitamins and minerals. What’s left in oil are omega-3 fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, two amazing nutrients for healthy hair.
So now, if any brand or hair stylist tries to trick you with the imaginary protein present in avocado oil, you can shut them off. Avocado oil works wonders with your hair, no doubt, but with a much simpler composition.
What exactly is Avocado oil?
Basically, avocado oil is an extract from the pulp of avocado fruit. It includes omega-3 fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fatty acids- two superfoods for your hair growth. It’s actually one of the rare hair oils that are edible too, since it is not produced from the seed of avocado.
Purchasing the best Avocado oil
According to Dr. Axe, while making a purchase, make sure you go for extra virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined, organic avocado oil. Most oil companies claim to provide a shelf life of 24 months. But as often noticed, avocado oil works best until six months of opening.
Always prefer organic alternatives to the ones with chemical additives in them. They last longer and function better. A least processed avocado oil is generally said to be dark green in color.
Besides being an amazing goodie for your diet chart (the epic guacomole dip is made from avocado), avocado is claimed to have dethroned our ancient coconut oil.
You can choose between hundreds of conditioners, leave-in creams and shampoos having avocado oil in them. Brands like Burt’s Bees, Belleza Solutions and Garnier usually range around $5-10. If you are up for some splurge, go on for labels like The Body Shop, Juara, Jane Carter Solutions etc.
However, I am more of an organic buff. So I’d really like to share my avocado hair mask recipes with you all.
Of course, if you are always running late and sleep all day on the weekends, this options works best for you. Microwave 3 tbsp extra virgin avocado oil for about 15-20 seconds till it turns lukewarm. Cover your hair thoroughly with it. Put on a shower cap over for at least an hour. Then wash it off with your favorite shampoo.
If you could possibly leave it overnight, nothing like it.
Those who have over-exploited their hair with all the color and heat application need to start with this method right away. Just take 2 tbsp of avocado oil with 1 tbsp of honey and olive oil each. Mix them all in a bowl. Apply it from root to tip and cover it with plastic. Let it rest until you feel it drying out. Then wash it off with a nice shampoo.
A lot of people have claimed to benefit from this recipe. It leaves your hair shiny and strong. Plus it’s so cheap.
All the three ingredients top the list of hair superfoods. Take 2 tbsp avocado oil with 1 egg yolk and ½ tbsp coconut oil. Put it up and down in your hair by taking a few strands every time. As usual, cover it with a shower cap and shampoo after an hour.
For people seeking a treatment to fasten their hair growth, this mask is awesome.
So after you have shampooed your tresses, you can still use this oil in the form of a conditioner. Mix 2 tbsp avocado oil, 2 tsp yogurt and 1 tbsp honey in a bowl. Once you are done washing your hair, apply this mask on damp hair and leave it for about 30-45 minutes. Then rinse it off with regular water.
You an put some apple cider vinegar in the water before the final rinse. Also, if you feel the smell of yogurt is still in your hair, put in some lavender essential oil in your hair mask.
Well, this one is the most time consuming and result-yielding of all. If you have the patience and time to make avocado oil at home, here’s a great recipe to do that.
Take 2 kilos of avocado, a muslin cloth, a bowl and a blender. Put the avocados (pitted and scooped) in the blender and grind it until absolutely smooth. If you feel it’s too think, you can add some coconut oil or perhaps some tap water. Then pour it into a pot and cook on sim. Stir it every 2 minutes.
Eventually, you will notice the extracted avocado oil come up near the bubbles. As you notice the color of the entire mixture darken up pretty bad, take it off the fire and strain the residue. Squeeze it slowly and you will see oil dropping down in the bowl.
I always vote organic products over the chemically built market products. This oil can prove to be a jack of all trades for your hair.
Avocado oil has an endless list of benefits for your hair. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Probable Side-effects of Avocado Oil and Hair Use
There isn’t much to write in here. Except that if you are allergic to avocado, your hair treatments remedies using this fruit will go in vain. Also, if you are latex allergic in general, you can’t use avocado products.
Other than that, it’s mostly for dry and damaged hair. So if you already have a super oily scalp, prefer to avoid this one
Other than that, I think it’s one of the best hair treatments present in the organic market. With so many benefits and little to crib about, you must include it in your hair-care regime right away.