Bananas: More Food on your Hair and Skin

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Last month when I visited my parents my sister came round and made banana fritters for my kids which they loved!. They now constantly ask for them, so this morning I made my first attempt at banana fritters to use up some bananas which had started to turn black.

Now usually those bananas would have gotten mashed up and put in my hair..."What? Again with the food in your hair?" I can hear you say, but bananas are another great Caribbean cosmetic ingredients for hair. A banana masque can help add moisture into your hair especially if you use a lot of heat on your hair.

Banana makes a great start to the day in breakfast cereal or in a smoothie, as they contain so many important nutrients. 

What's in a Banana?
Bananas are rich in potassium, iron,  natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins (particularly B vitamins including B6 and B12 and vitamin C) which soften and encourage hair’s natural elasticity. This reduces split ends and breakage. Use regularly to soothe an itchy scalp, infuse hair strands with moisture and reduce tangling and 'frizz'.

Quite a few websites mentioned recipes for 'Banana Hair Masques' and 'Banana Hair MilkShakes', so I thought I'd share my recipe with you:

My Banana Hair PrePoo Recipe
2 x Over Ripe Bananas (black or spotty bananas)
1/4 cup Koko Coconut Dairy Alternative
1 sachet Coconut Cream
1 x tsp Honey
(optional) 1x Egg Yolk
On occasion I have added a bit of avocado oil or argan oil to provide slip

Leave this mixture on the hair for 30mins or more
I would then proceed to shampoo and condition my hair as normal
Any left overs can be frozen and used next time!

How to Avoid Getting Bits in your Hair
Dont just mash this with a fork, whizz it up, use a hand blender if you can to make it as smooth as possible. As mentioned before I only use over ripe bananas which are easier to mash.

So next time instead of throwing those over ripe bananas away think about putting them into a hair masque and dont forget to whizz them up properly.

If you are not really into making your own products 
Check out: 

Banana Conditioner from the Body Shop

Mongongo & Banana 100% Natural Shampoo

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 


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