*I’m reposting this because so many people ask me what my favorite deep conditioner is and they don’t believe me when I say “Bananas” but it’s true! Most times the best thing for you is right in your refrigerator. Below is the recipe. Go HAM ladies.*
I recently picked up Eco Beatuy. Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox. The book is great for anyone that is tired of purchasing over priced products and interested in a more holistic lifestyle and beauty regimen. It not only has recipes for everything beauty under the sun, but has crafty gift ideas and tips on how to be more eco-friendly without having to forgo any of your beauty needs. They show you how to make a basket out of borwn paper bags for goodness sakes. I tried the banana deep conditioner, altered the recipe a bit and the results were great!
1/2 a ripe banana
Bananas are said to treat a flaky scalp, add shine, improve elasticity and encourage growth. They are rich in potassium, natural oils, and vitamins (specifically zinc). Zinc helps strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. Without zinc, the hair shaft becomes weak causing breakage and slows down the rate of growth. Bananas have such a conditioning effect on the scalp so be sure to give yourself a nice relaxing scalp massage while conditioning.
2 tablespoons of honey
I used manuka honey but it’s incredibly expensive. Any honey will do but the more organic and pure the better. .Manuka Honey is full of nature’s extraordinary healing properties. It’s been known to treat eczema, ringworm, infected wounds, arthritis and wrinkles. It also makes for a great facial because of it’s anti-bacterial activities.
1 tablespoon of jojoba
Jojoba is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. It is colorless, odorless, non greasy and homogeneous with the natural sebum of the skin. Additionally, it forms a protective, moisturizing layer over the skin, hair and scalp that is completely breathable and porous.
1/4 of warm water
Water is the best moisturizer in the world. Plus, we simply couldn’t live without it.
Mix the banana, honey, oil and water.
Blend them together. If you don’t have a blender you can mash it together but it will take longer. Make sure the mixture is smooth and not lumpy. Otherwise, after you condition and your hair dries you will be picking out banana bits all night.
Add the conditioner to freshly washed hair. Be sure to cover all areas. Prevent dripping by covering your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Let sit for 20 minutes to an hour and then rinse. For extra conditioning, do not wrap your hair, instead sit under a hair steamer for 20 minutes to and hour and the rinse. Any extra conditioner can be stored your refrigerator to be used at a later date.
I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this conditioner. I think I am going to trade in my 50+ dollar deep conditioner and see how this one holds up after some repeated use. In case you didn’t know, I live in Brooklyn and New York ain’t cheap. In the words of Jimmy McMillan, “The rent is too damn high” so I’ve got to try to save a dollar anyway I can. Help somebody?!
Anyway, this conditioner added a lot of shine and moisturized the mess out of my hair. It was soft. The increase in elasticity was evident while combing it and has a ton of body despite me forgoing my diffusser and air drying it. Plus, it only took about 5 minutes to make and the ingredients are all things that I purchase on the regular. The only downside was that it did not detangle my hair the way other store brought deep conditioners do. So, keep that in mind if you try the recipe you may want to add a little detangler and be very gentle with your hair while combing. Next time, I am going to add some marshmallow root to the 1/4 cup of water, which is a great natural detangler… see if that makes this conditioner complete. Overall, I’m feeling it.
Have any of you tried using food in your hair?