DIY Avocado Face/Hair Mask

Today was my first day off from work in a full week, and around 1 p.m. I had no idea what to do with myself. Naturally, I thought I was hungry because let's face it...what else is there to do besides eat? Guacamole was the first thing that came to my mind and it just would not escape me. So I hopped in the car to grab some avocados. The store had a horrible selection of avocados but I was in desperate-bored-hungry girl need so I grabbed the best possible option. After fulfilling my guac craving I still had 2 avocados left. But since they were so ripe as it was, there was no way I could use these another day. Leaving me with only one solution...DIY BEAUTY STUFF!!!

Avocados are packed with healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants which allow them to work wonders on skin and hair. Some of their top benefits are:

  • Oils in avocados help combat frizzy hair/ leave hair smooth and silky 
  • Can help relieve an itchy scalp/ dandruff 
  • Help reduce wrinkles (because of antioxidants) 
  • Reduce inflammation/redness (ance) 
  • Moisturizes skin making it healthier/brightened 
  • Is thought as a natural sun screen/skin protectant (also protects hair from heat)  

I decided since I had 2 avocados left I would try an at home mask on both my hair and face!

Recipe for the face mask: 
1 Avocado 
Honey (Moisturizes/lightly exfoliates) 
Uncooked oats (Natural exfoliator, helps breakouts, natural anti-inflammatory) 
Half of a lime* (Brightens skin, antibacterial helps fight breakouts)

*I used a lime because I did not have any lemons at home. Typically you will see people use lemons but they can be switched out for one another because they both have the same skin/hair benefits! I left this on my skin for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water in the shower.

Recipe for the hair mask: 
1 Avocado
1/2 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt (Natural enzymes that help remove product buildup, moisturizing)
Half of a lime(Naturally cures dandruff, straightens hair) 
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil (Strengthens hair, makes hair shine, combats frizz)

Some people would use olive oil as their base for the hair mask, but every time I have used a lot of olive oil on my hair it really weighs it down and leave it looking greasy, even after multiple washes. I have no idea why this happens because I have very dry skin and hair. That's why I'm going to use yogurt as my base for this mask and only a touch of olive oil, feel free to add less or more of each ingredient as you feel necessary. 

I added this mask to my dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. I rinsed it off in the shower and then shampooed and conditioned as normal. 

After rinsing off both my face and hair masks both areas felt noticeably smoother. My pores on my face looked smaller as well as my overall complexion brighter...much as it would after a facial! My hair was more manageable to brush after the shower and had less frizz. 

What are your favorite DIY face/hair masks!? 
xoxo, Nikole


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