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The hair is an integral part of our body that is both functional and for cosmetic value. Whereas body hair is meant to keep us warm, humans are used to putting on clothes and thus they hardly recognize this functionality. On the other hand, the hair on the head supplements self-confidence and is a key determinant of our general outlook. Although a few people may deny it, humans often care about their hair more than they are willing to admit.
One of the secrets to achieving and maintaining great and healthy hair lies in avocado oil. Well, believe it or not, this common fruit has more uses than it is usually given credit for. Avocado oil for hair care may sound absurd to some people, but once you know and exploit the full potential of avocado, indeed there will be a story to tell.
Avocado oil is extracted from the avocado fruit. It has numerous uses, including food oil, for lubrication, and for cosmetic purposes. Avocado oil has numerous gains to the human hair, depending on the mode of extraction. Some modes of extracting the oil, especially the commercial methods may exclude some natural ingredients like proteins and carbohydrates. However, when extracted domestically, these ingredients are still part of the oil, thus can benefit the hair through consumption as food.
Commercially extracted avocado oil is refined and may not have all the nutritional properties of the avocado fruit. However, it still retains essential ingredients that are ideal for natural hair care. The high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that remain in the avocado oil are vital for natural hair care. Some of the advantages of using avocado oil to take care of your hair include;
Stress on the hair, be it external or internal, often results in hair loss. Internal stress that leads to hair loss is mainly deficiency of vitamins. External stresses include exposure to extreme heat or cold and exposure to chemicals. The compounds are mainly found in the hair products people use on their hair. Avocado oil as a hair product lacks dangerous chemicals that could lead to hair loss. Additionally, it has a high concentration of essential vitamins that are good for the scalp and prevent hair loss.
Dandruff causes many people sleepless nights. Avocado oil is one way to treat dandruff effectively. Additionally, the oil also treats other blemishes on the scalp, especially those associated with eczema and psoriasis. To increase the effectiveness and rate of absorption, the oil should be massaged deeply into the scalp using circular motions.
Avocado oil goes a long way in helping the hair and scalp retain its moisture. It also comes in handy in improving the efficiency of other hair moisturizers that may be mixed with it. It can enter deeply into hair strands. For a natural hair moisturizer, one teaspoon of avocado oil may be mixed with a teaspoon of olive oil and a beaten egg to get the best results. It is applied and allowed to sit for half an hour before rinsing off.
Avocado oil conditions the hair, giving it a softer and more elastic feel. The oil has a high fat content that is vital in enhancing the hair’s texture. As a result, the hair becomes stronger and less prone to breakage. A homemade avocado oil conditioner can be made using mashed avocado and olive oil. It is applied on the natural hair and allowed to sit for 10 minutes. The homemade avocado hair conditioner is affordable and has no side effects.
Avocado oil has been used as hair oil for ages. This is attributed to high penetrative power. It also works as a detangler due to its lubricating nature. All this is achieved with neither leaving the hair stiff nor a slippery feel on the hands.
Avocado oil quickly restores the natural health of sun damaged or chemically damaged hair. It also revitalizes the scalp, bringing it back to good health. The repair allows the hair to grow healthily from the scalp upwards. It is a natural remedy for thinning hair. Although avocado oil does not reverse split ends, it prevents it. Routinely applying avocado oil after trimming the split ends prevents the hair from developing new split ends.
A damaged scalp may slow down or affect the quality of hair growth. Natural hair growth is affected by the presence or lack of essential vitamins. Avocado oil has all the essential vitamins to promote healthy hair growth. Vitamin B strengthens the natural hair, at the same time helping with cellular growth. It is very vital for hair growth. Vitamin E, on the other hand, rejuvenates the scalp to allow for normal hair growth. The vitamins are also essential for preventing hair loss.
Avocado oil with all the above benefits to the hair turns out can be used in several ways. It can be used to wash the hair. The homemade shampoo comprises of skin soap, glycerine and avocado oil, and is often left to dry on the hair before rinsing it out, to allow the hair to enjoy all the benefits of the avocado oil.
While most people are used to avocado facial masks, the truth is an avocado hair mask is equally helpful to the hair as well. Avocado oil easily and deeply penetrates into the hair follicles to nourish the root hairs. Additionally, avocado oil naturally mixes well with other ingredients, and acts as a carrier, thus helping take the other ingredients deeper into the scalp. The avocado hair mask consists of avocado oil, honey, olive oil and an egg white. All the ingredients should be fresh, and the mask should be prepared afresh every time it is to be used.
It is surprising that as much as we spend a fortune on our hair applying chemicals, the best ingredients for natural hair growth can be found in a simple and affordable fruit like the avocado. Experiment with avocado oil and enjoy its benefits on your hair firsthand.