Bananas. We either love them or hate them. I’m definitely a lover of bananas – they’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and they smell amazing. But I always have bigger eyes than my tummy and end up with a couple overripe bananas that usually end up in the bin. After using Lush’s Oatifix facemask, the browning bananas in my kitchen gave me an idea; I can make a homemade hair mask. So that’s what I did.
I have quite dry hair. After years of dying, blow drying, straightening and everything else, I’m prone to split ends and frizz – lovely, I know. So I wanted to really pack a punch and put as much moisture into my hair as possible. I made too much so I’ll have to put the left over in the fridge and either for it on my boyfriend later or use it tomorrow, but this is what I used (feel free to halve).
Ingredients for 2 masks (or really long hair):
1 egg white
2 tablespoons natural yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
Mash bananas into a bowl; make sure not to leave too many chunks (I learned this the hard way). In a separate bowl or cup, whisk the eggs white – they don’t have to be like meringues but they do need some air in them. Add the egg white and other ingredients to the bananas and mix thoroughly.
Shampoo your hair with your regular shampoo. Rinse, towel dry and brush through.
Make sure you’re wearing either an old t-shirt or vest or something that’s just about to be washed and you don’t mind getting dirty because this can get a bit messy.
Completely cover your hair from root to tip with you hair mask. Get a disposable shower cap (like the ones you get in hotels) and put it over your hair, or if you’re like me and don’t have one wrap your head in cling film. Get a towel that you’re just about to wash and wrap it around your head to prevent any further dripping.
Make a cup of tea, get in the bath, read a book, put an episode of 30 Rock on, whatever you wish – you have 30 minutes to kill before you can wash it out.
When your 30 minutes are up rinse your hair to get most of the excess product out. Shampoo your hair and use a brush to force any chunks of banana out of your hair and rinse. If like me you still have some chunks in your hair gets a fine toothed comb, a rat-tail comb works perfectly, and run it through and give it a final, very light wash (I used a tiny amount of shampoo) – this is only necessary if you’ve not mashed the bananas properly.
I then dried my hair as usual but I didn’t use any leave in conditioners or styling products as normal. I just used a bit of heat protection spray and that’s it. After drying and straightening I was really impressed with the results.
My hair is shiny, it’s soft, it really shows off the cut, there’s no weight to it and it smells lovely. It’s actually turned out better than I could have dreamed it would.
Next time I have some overripe bananas I will definitely be doing this again. I just used whatever I had going in the house to whack on my hair and I think that if I removed the yogurt or the honey it wouldn’t have made a massive difference so why not give it a go? I’d love to hear about how yours turned out.