by Kanisha Parks of Shessaved.com
My hair knows when the weather changes, and it has definitely responded accordingly. I kid you not, it seems like I’ve been fighting dryness since the first day temps started dropping, and finding a remedy has proved difficult.
Recently, I decided that maybe the answer lies in my deep conditioning routine. Typically, I deep condition weekly and usually just grab anything that’s on the shelf, maybe adding a little oil every now and then so that it’ll penetrate even better. That worked well before, but with the change in weather, my hair hasn’t been satisfied at all.
So this month, I decided to try something different with my deep conditioner, which has really helped my hair make a complete turnaround. My hair has been able to retain moisture successfully throughout the week and on wash day, I’ve had little to no shedding.
Plus, MahoganyCurls motivated me to go the next year without heat. So I’m doing *everything* I can to prevent breakage and retain length. This means paying special attention to my ends.
If you’ve been combating dryness this season, give this super quick + easy DIY a try. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
INTENSIVE AVOCADO + HONEY HYDRATING HAIR MASK
-1/2 cup of olive oil
-1/4 cup of honey
-1/2 cup of conditioner- SheaMoisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration -Conditioner
Adding an intensive conditioner to this mix really makes a difference. I specifically chose this conditioner because the ingredients- honey, shea butter, and restorative oils- complemented the other components of my avocado mask. Not only did this conditioner stretch the treatment but it made it penetrate my hair even better.
All you do is cut the avocadoes open, peel the insides out with a spoon and put them in a bowl with the rest of your ingredients. Blend until smooth and you’re all set!
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I started with 3 day old hair that had been in a bun for the beginning of the week. I simply washed my hair with Jirano’s Coconut Shampoo and applied the mask immediately afterwards.
While I applied, I noticed that my hair sucked up the mask like it was an avocado smoothie! I then put on a shower cap and my microwaveable conditioning cap for about 25 minutes.
On the left is my hair immediately after applying the mask and on the right is after I finished deep conditioning.
When I took the cap off to detangle, my curls were hydrated, bouncy, and clumped to capacity. It took me no time at all and very little effort to detangle my super kinky/coily type 4 curls, which is always a sign of success. My hair responded so well to this mask that I will probably use it every wash day this season. I also used it on my cousin’s hair and it had her curls super moisturized and bouncing, too!
If you’ve been struggling with any dryness as the weather changes, try giving this mask a go and let me know!