ALFS Recipe Book: Avocado-Yogurt Mask

Dry, brittle hair?  Hair breaking? Try an avocado mask.

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Use an avocado that’s ripe beyond what you would eat, but not bad. It’s still great for your hair!

Avocado practically reigns supreme as a hair and skin moisturizer. That’s because it’s rich in fatty acids and vitamins B and E — the perfect combination to restore moisture, softness and elasticity. It can combat hair loss due to over-processing and over-manipulation.

It’s also versatile. It can be used in recipes for normal to oily hair as well as dry hair. It’s all about know how. And. of course, that’s what ALFS is about.

2014-06-14 15.53.40This particular recipe includes whey (milk) protein in a powder and whole milk yogurt to strengthen and fortify the hair cortex. The combination of the avocado and protein is a perfect solution for naturally medium to high porosity hair types or those needing hair repair.

So, let’s get started.

Ingredients: (Note: if your hair is below your shoulder blade, double the recipe.)

1 whole over ripe (but not bad) avocado

1/4 cup aloe vera gel (juice works just as well, too, but gel isn’t as runny)

2  tbsp whey powder

2 to 3 tbsp whole milk Greek yogurt

1 to 2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp avocado oil

Peel and chop the avocado in large chunks and put it in the blender. Add aloe vera juice and whey powder. Blend until smooth.

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Transfer to a bowl and stir with honey, yogurt and avocado oil. Section and apply generously to your hair from root to ends. Cover with a plastic cap for 30 (normal hair), 45 (dry hair), 60 (damaged hair) minutes. For added penetration, use a heat cap, hood dryer or wrap in a hot towel.

Follow with a wash or co-wash, condition, cool rinse, cuticle closer and moisture seal. Style as usual.