Here's a Thought: Swap out Your Pricey Hair Mask for Avocado

Avocados taste great on toast, work well in salads, and are delicious when paired with chips. But what if we told you that the superfood was also an amazing hair treatment? While using avocados for hair may seem strange, the buzzy health food is a great source of amino acids and vitamins B and E, all of which are known to promote strong, healthy locks, says celebrity hairstylist Dominick Pucciarello.

So why apply a mask instead of eating the delicious fruit? While eating avocados over a period of time can improve the look and feel of your hair, using an avocado conditioning mask can instantly transform your dry, frizzy strands into smooth, silky locks. To reap the many benefits of avocados for hair, we asked Pucciarello to tell us his favorite at-home avocado hair mask recipes. For the best DIY avocado hair masks, as recommended to us by a hairstylist, keep on reading.

Moisturizing Mask

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If you tend to have dry hair, Pucciarello recommends a conditioning avocado mask containing one ripe avocado, one tablespoon Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil ($18), and one egg yolk. To make the mask, whisk the egg to a frothy liquid, stir in the coconut oil, and add the finely mixed avocado. When combined, apply the mask to towel dry hair from roots to ends. Cover with a plastic cap and let the mask sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal. When dry, your hair should feel strong and moisturized, thanks to the combination of the avocado and egg yolk.

Hair Growth Mask

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To make a mask that promotes hair growth, Pucciarello recommends combining a ripe avocado, as it contains vitamin B, an essential nutrient for hair growth, with one tablespoon rosemary oil, as it too is known to stimulate growth from the hair follicle. Next, add one tablespoon coconut oil to remove sebum buildup on the scalp and one whisked egg yolk to strengthen the root of your follicles. Apply to damp or dry hair, cover with a plastic cap, and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Shine Mask

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If you aren't interested in applying avocado straight to your tresses, try an avocado oil mask instead. Rich in protein, amino acids, and vitamins, avocado oil moisturizes the scalp to prevent dandruff while also adding softness and shine to your tresses. To make this shiny hair mask, combine a tablespoon of Now Foods Avocado Oil ($13) with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Looking for strength as well as shine? Throw a whisked egg yolk into the mix. When the mask is complete, apply the mixture to dry tresses from roots to ends. Cover with a plastic cap and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Wash and condition your locks.

Next up: Five tried-and-true DIY treatments for shiny tresses.

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