Addicted to Avocados? It's OK Your Hair Will Thank You!
Avocado is one of the most popular active components in beauty recipes in Latin American countries. It is used in facial, hair, and body masks. It has become a pop culture superfood phenomenon. It seems like every restaurant has their own version of “avocado toast” (rolls eyes). While it might seem like the latest trend that will fade, as trends tend to do, we think this is one ingredient that is here stay and worthy of the pop culture craze.
Avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree, scientifically known as Persea americana. There are many types of avocado that vary in shape and color — from pear-shaped to round and green to black. In the U.S. the most popular variety is the Hass avocado. Avocados contain many nutrients, including:
Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
Folate: 20% of the DV
Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
Potassium: 14% of the DV (Contains more than bananas!)
Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid — a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component of olive oil. Oleic acid has been associated with reduced inflammation. They are rich in fiber and have been shown to reduce cholesterol. Avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods and are also high in antioxidants themselves. Incorporating avocado into your diet is not only good for your health but will give you strong healthy hair and enviably radiant skin.
Avocado is like a superhero for dry hair. The oleic acid and monounsaturated fats in avocado oil, is one of few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize your hair, rather than sitting on top and coating your hair. These fats also strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage. This protects your hair from damage and leaves it looking radiant and healthy. The monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, and high levels of antioxidants like vitamin E in avocados are easily absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts. This not only has a highly moisturizing and protective effect against environmental stressors, it may also stimulate new growth and help unclog blocked follicles.
Give these DIY masks a try and let us know what you think!
Avocado Honey Hair Mask: Mix 1 tablespoon of avocado oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon raw honey, and 1 egg in a bowl. Apply to your hair, and wait for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse with shampoo.
Avocado, Tea Tree Oil, and Argan Oil Scalp Rescue Hair Mask: Mash 1 ripe avocado with 10 drops argan oil, 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and 1-3 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl or food processor. Apply to your hair, and wait for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse with shampoo.
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