How to look after your hair with items in your kitchen during Quarantine!

As you know, we are big fans of using all-natural ingredients to create one’s own beauty products- those are our roots afterall.

Now during lockdown is the best time to secure one’s hair regimen but because you can’t go to the Hairdresser or order Atara hair products 😉 we thought we would be helpful Helen’s and show you how to create hair masks and treatments to repair hair damage with ingredients you can find in your kitchen!

There are a ton of recipes and formulas out there for deep conditioning hair masks so we will be sharing a few of our favourites with you during lockdown. This particular one contains avocado, olive oil and honey, as well as an essential oil of your choice! Not only because it makes my hair soft and shiny, but it has ingredients that almost all of us have sitting in our pantries/fridges right now.

The benefits of this all-natural hair mask and treatment for damaged hair repair

The same fats and oils in avocado that make them good for your body also make them a great option for helping to repair dry, brittle, or damaged hair. Olive oil is also extremely hydrating, and it helps protect your hair from damage—an awesome thing if you usually use a lot of heat on your hair. And honey is packed with scalp- and hair-strengthening vitamins (plus, it helps coat your hair strands and retain moisture). You can also add in a few drops of lavender essential oil, which is a natural treatment for the scalp—helping to keep dandruff and itchy skin at bay. It smells wonderful too- which is why we really enjoy using it in our Atara Hair products (which you may recall in this previous blogpost too)

The key to getting this hair mask to really get in deep to hydrate your hair is heat. There are a few different ways to go about this. Apply the mask to dry or damp hair (basically, not soaking wet hair), from root to tip (especially to ends if they tend to be dry), wrap it up in a shower cap, and then apply heat—either with a blow dryer or, outside in the sun for a good 30-45 minutes. Then, rinse and proceed with normal washing routine with shampoo and conditioner.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or beat them in a stand mixer until smooth and lightened in color.
  2. Spread the mask onto damp hair, focusing on the ends. Feel free to rub it in a bit. Use a clip to pull hair into a bun on top of your head, and put on a shower cap. Heat your hair by blow-drying for 15 minutes or sitting in the sun for 30 minutes. Rinse and wash hair as usual.

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