We love learning about natural DIY hair care techniques, even if we ultimately determine that they’re not right for us or our audience.
However, we found a potential gem with today’s article, as we’ll be discussing using avocado oil for hair growth and a variety of other natural hair treatments.
As you’re probably aware, avocado is a popular fruit that is enjoyed by people all over the world.
Since I’m a huge fan of Mexican food, I’ve eaten a ton of avocados over the years. It has a lovely taste that goes well with other foods, and on top of that, it is packed with vital nutrients that add a healthy punch to a meal.
The rich mineral and fat content of avocados coupled with their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also makes them a great ingredient to add to your hair care routine.
In this article, we look at how using avocado oil for natural hair can help promote healthy hair growth, mitigate hair loss, and reduce frizz.
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The Benefits of Using Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is packed with…
- vitamins A, E, and B-5.
- essential fatty acids.
If you want to keep your hair healthy and strong, you must ensure that your diet contains all the nutrients your hair needs.
Vitamin B-5, vitamin E, and biotin are all great for your hair and you can get them by regularly adding avocado to your daily diet or swapping your regular cooking oil with the healthier avocado oil.
We’ve written extensively about the benefits of using biotin for hair growth and ways to utilize vitamin E for hair growth. You might be surprised about what we’ve learned about using hair growth vitamins.
It’s important to understand that even without consuming avocado oil, it can still benefit your hair. Using avocado oil can potentially help repair damaged hair strands, strengthen your hair, and moisturize the hair.
The benefits of using avocado oil on your hair include reducing dandruff, mitigating breakage and detangling your hair.
Massaging some avocado oil into your scalp before giving it a good wash and conditioning can help keep your skin well-hydrated making it appear healthier and free from dandruff.
If you struggle with dandruff, I recommend reading this article about the causes of dandruff. In addition to learnings the causes of dandruff, you’ll learn about proven professional treatments and home remedies.
Mitigate Hair Breakage
Hair strands can easily break if they are always dry and brittle. To mitigate the impact of dry and brittle hair strands, you can coat your hair with a thin layer of avocado oil to make it more flexible and resistant to breaking when you brush your hair or tie it up.
You should also treat your hair gently to prevent self-inflicted breakage. We explain this concept in detail within an article about protective styling for hair growth.
If you want to untangle your hair without pulling out a few strands, apply some avocado oil and using either your fingers or a wide tooth comb start with the ends and working your way up the hair strands.
People should also stay away from elastic bands that pull your hair (e.g., tie your hair) too tightly. Using avocado oil on your hair won’t reverse significant hair damage, but it lubricates the hair strands potentially mitigating further breakage.
Avocado oil may be applied to the ends of tangled hair to help detangle it. After applying a small amount of avocado oil to the hair, you should then use a wide-toothed comb (or your fingers) to gently remove the tangles and straighten out the hair.
If you prefer to use a hair brush, that’s fine. We’ve written about the best hair brushes for curly hair in the past (see linked article). It also includes highly recommended advice for detangling your hair.
Mitigate Hair Damage
Your hair is constantly exposed to potential damage. Some common examples include constant manipulation and rough styling techniques (e.g., tight braids or ponytails). Applying avocado oil to your hair might protect your strands from certain types of hair damage.
How to Use Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
We recommend using avocado oil as a carrier oil for either lavender or peppermint essential oils.
Mixing an ounce of avocado oil with about 5 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil gives you a powerful homemade hair growth treatment.
You may also massage some avocado oil onto your scalp to unclog blocked follicles and promote blood flow, potentially preventing hair loss and encouraging hair growth.
You don’t have to worry about the avocado oil leaving a greasy coating on your scalp. Your skin should be able to easily absorb the oil.
However, if you accidentally use too much avocado oil, you can use your favorite shampoo to wash it all out.
If you like the idea of a soothing and comforting scalp massage, I recommend reading our ultimate guide to using scalp massages for hair growth.
There are a few little known “secrets” in that article that should help you reach your hair growth goals.
How to Use Avocado Oil as a Deep Conditioning Treatment
As a Hair Mask
You may buy an avocado-based hair mask or make one yourself. If you opt for the DIY option, you can use the hair mask recipe below:
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Directions: Blend all of the solid ingredients to create a smooth texture. Add in the liquid ingredients and mix them well.
Spread the hair mask throughout your hair and leave it in to set for up to 3 hours. We recommend a minimum of at least 20 minutes. Use your favorite shampoo and warm water to wash off the avocado mask.
As a Hot Oil Treatment
You will need the following ingredients:
- 3-5 tbsp avocado oil
- 3-5 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 2 cups of water
- 3 droplets of peppermint or lavender oil (optional)
- Warm towel
- Glass Jar
How to prepare it:
- Boil 2 cups of water in your saucepan.
- Combine 3-5 tablespoons of avocado oil with an equal amount of extra virgin coconut oil in your glass jar. You may add a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oils for an extra boost.
- Place the glass jar in the hot water for about 2 minutes. The oil should be warm, not boiling. Please don’t put boiling oil on your hair. Be careful.
- Check the oil temperature on your wrist and apply it to your washed hair. Be careful. Don’t burn yourself.
- Massage the avocado oil mixture gently onto your hair.
- Wrap your hair with a warm towel for about 25 minutes.
- Rinse out the treatment with warm water.
Avocado Oil and Hair Research
There’s limited research on the impact of using avocado oil for hair growth and other hair care related treatments.
Although it has been shown to have moisturizing properties, avocado oil is most effective when ingested as opposed to when it is applied topically. The best way to maintain healthy hair is by maintaining your overall health.
As additional research is available on using avocado oil on natural hair, we’ll make updates to this article.
Risks and Warnings
Avocado is generally safe to use for everyone unless you have an avocado allergy. Using avocado oil may have some side effects, so you should test it first on a patch of skin to be safe.
Key Considerations and Takeaways
Avocados are a great addition to your diet. In 2012, a study found that consuming avocados supports digestive and cardiovascular health, and also promotes healthy aging.
To boost your health and diet, you should consider using avocado oil to cook or prepare salad dressings. Avocado oil may be purchased at many different food stores.
The nutrients found in avocados might (also) be what you need to get your hair in order. For the best results, use avocado oil together with a balanced diet that gives you the rest of the nutrients you need to grow strong and healthy hair.