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January 27, 2011

Banana Recipe for Radiant Natural Hair


Susonnah Gonzalez of Naturallycurly writes:
With all the right ingredients, you can make your very own hair mask at home! Enjoy the natural moisturizing effect of bananas with this banana smoothie hair mask.

Banana Smoothie Hair Mask: Quench dry or overworked hair with this fruity concoction that will leave your strands sparkling.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Using a wide-toothed comb, apply the mask to your hair from the roots to the ends. Let the mask soak into your hair for about fifteen to thirty minutes. The more damaged your hair is, the longer you want to wait. Rinse out the mask with cold water, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

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sarah said...

there is something about banana! i mix it with yogurt and coconut cream... softness!!! but i use the baby food or strain the banana using a silk stocking so i won't have banana pieces in my hair.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good smoothie to drink! Well, minus the olive oil, of course. Thanks for the recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Ladies, learn from my mistake and get the baby food bananas. I will NEVER use regular bananas again(I assumed I blended them enough, NOT) I spent hours picking bananas out of my hair.

Jai

Natural-E said...

It's the egg that I can't get out of my hair!

Reign Elle said...

Sounds Yummy! My only problem with the banana would be the small fragments getting caught into my hair and found at a later date. I wonder if there are any other options.. Any ideas ladies?

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Anonymous said...

Perhaps emulsify the banana at very high speed in the blender (with a bit of some type of liquid) before adding the other ingredients. A Vitamix would be perfect for this.

Anonymous said...

Just in case the other warnings were not enough...make sure you really blend the bananna. I went to a stylist a few years ago who used banannas in her clients hair. My hair was bouncy and sooooo shiny so I attempted to do a bananna hair mask at home...Never again...I was picking bananna pieces out of my hair for hours...

BreukelensFinest said...

i usually steer away from crazy home made recipies but this looks good to me! i might give it a whirl

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Anonymous said...

mmmmm...i tried bananas and yogurt some months ago...didn;t do what i read it would do. i was new to being natural at that time and i was a serious gel user and wanted soft hair.

i had read that the yogurt and banana was the secret.

...didn't work. i had bananas in my hair and it was not soft.

what i am finding after almost three years natural is LESS of everything is BEST for ME.

i use less gel these days and none of those natural name brands anymore. conditioner and a little olive oil and a little gel works these days for my twist outs.

but, go for it if it will work for you.

Anonymous said...

AVON sells some type of banana conditioner as well as avacado. going to try the avacado when it arrives.

will never do banana hair mixes again. picked bananas out all day. no thanks

Reign Elle said...

My main issue with fruits or anything that needs blending is that usually they clump back together or go from liquids back to solids. When I first went natural I remember finding brown banana spots in my hair (they were decaying)!!!

The only way this could be a smoothie was if it went into a blender, regular mixing wont cut it! And then I would put it through a strainer to make sure.

Shakirah said...

For those of you that find egg hard to remove from your hair, try mayonaisse instead. And if you use egg, don't apply heat! LOL i know this seems like a no brainer but yeah...
@ sarah-baby food bananas sounds like a good idea.

Anonymous said...

It does say to shampoo and condition your hair after applying the mask. Presumably to thoroughly wash out the banana mix...so I'm not sure why some are still getting particles left over in their hair. Make sure your blend is very smooth (i.e., use a food processor/blender), rinse well, and the end results may be different :)

Anonymous said...

TIP: try to find banana BABY FOOD! it's smoother and won't leave particles in your hair.

or use a food processor. and run it for a WHILE lol.

Carla said...

I will try this in the next couple of days and report back. I will put a banana in the fridge so that it can ripen, and hopefully that will help it blend better and prevent excess lumps.

Jlove said...

Yeah, definitely make sure the banana is blended. I am still trying to get banana pieces out of my hair. :(

Carla said...
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Carla said...

I said I was going to report back after doing a banana deep conditioner treatment...

What I did:

1 ripe, soft banana (I put it in the fridge for a day or two to get it more ripe)
2 tbsp. Coconut oil
1 tbsp. Hemp seed oil
1 tbsp. Olive oil (whatever oils I had in my kitchen)
3-4 tbsp. Honey

I mixed everything in a blender to make sure all lumps from the banana was gone. I wanted this mixture silky smooth to make it easy to apply and rinse. I don't really measure oils and honey, but I wanted to give you an idea. It really depends on how much hair you have and what it needs.

I wasnt ready to do my hair at that point so I put it in a container and stored it in the fridge for two days.

When I was ready to use it, I shampooed my hair (my hair and scalp was oily), then I added just a little conditioner to the mixture to smooth it out before putting it on my hair with a plastic cap for about an hour. I used heat for about 15 minutes. I co-washed my hair a couple of times to make sure all the banana was washed out.

My hair was is conditioned after that. The frizz that happens at the crown of my head was gone and some of the ends that I was having trouble with (dry, rough, etc) is very hair is now soft.

Though I did have a little bit of a challenge washing out the banana, the key is to blend it until its milkshake consistency - maybe add a little coconut milk to the mixture to help smooth it out. I think it would have been much worse had I just blended it by hand, or even a hand mixer.

sam said...

Oh god, I just tried this.. my hair is even worse off now after trying to get the banana out of my hair! Too scared to take the towel off my head now incase theres more to pick out! Argh.

Novemberlady13 said...

Use banana baby food and you won't have any problems with pieces left in your hair. I do a banana, honey, shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil deep conditioner every time i wash my hair. It comes out soft and defined every single time.

Anonymous said...

I use the exact recipe every week and I love it. I mostly use it because I always have bananas and I rarely eat them. Shame on me, lol. I blend them in my blender on blend and puree and it comes out perfect and so does my curls :)

Anonymous said...

I did this last wk for the first time (banana BABYFOOD, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp avocado oil, a lil bit of conditioner to bulk up the volume). I deep conditioned for 20 mins (no heat).washed it out.
My hair was SHINY! Well conditioned, and overall just pretty. One of the best conditioners to date (and I make/try a new one every other wk).

I would really recommend using banana BABYFOOD since it is already purée'd and quite frankly if it is safe for babies to eat, then most likely it's safe for ur hair.

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Anonymous said...

is this only for people with natural hair

Anonymous said...

Blending the banana is kind of common sense. LOL. I mean, obviously you're going to be picking out bananas out of your hair if its not blended. Oh, my God.

I'm doing this right now. However I switched liquid aminos for the egg (to get some protein without using animal products.)Used a little FSG too in order to get a non-runny consistency. So far all looks good. :)

Anonymous said...

Ummm...Whoissuga just had a video about a banana incident gone wrong, but I believe she or a subscriber said to use banana baby food instead to avoid the chunks.

Anonymous said...

Can I use this on relaxed hair also.

Anonymous said...

i dontt know why everyone is complaining about banana chuncks.. just make sure you put it on the blender on high! and it turned out amazing my hair is silky shiny and soft (: -i have curly hair

Anonymous said...

lol i wish i read the comments before trying, i thought i was the only one with the banana chunks problem. HOURS combing and washing out chunks with a fine tooth comb. AND my hair felt hard afterwards. I didn't know if i should use my regular conditioner after or before this deep conditioner, so i decided not to use it at all. all around i hated it. Maybe i'll figure out what went wrong and try again.

Anonymous said...

Currently sitting at my computer with a head full of banana chunks trying to figure out what to do next.........

Anonymous said...

If only I had read the comments before attempting this mask:( (taking out sticky banana pieces from my hair)

Anonymous said...

I had banana chuncks in my hair, i just let my hair dry, it was then , easier to get our, bcuz i dont have a blendor, and thought i could mash it up good myself, but i was wrong, anyways, but , it works well, soft , healthy feeling

RiriInDaHood said...

Seriously this hair masc is disgraceful. Picking bananas out of my hair at the moment. I would suggest that if you need a hair masc, go to a drugstore and get one. Not happy with the results-hard dull way too curly hair with bananas in it.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get it why some people don't have common sense. Use your brain , people those who with the banana chunks problem! Goddamn it!

Anonymous said...

so you check the internet, not one single recipe tells you to use baby food or "super blend" the bananas' Before my hair was dry not it is super dry and full of banana's.. at first I was upset, but after reading everyones comments, I can't help but laugh. Learn from experience. Now to get the junk out of my hair

Anonymous said...

today tried this pack...awesome experience...so easy to use and easy to clean...i dont know how some of u got the chunks problem...didnt faced the same....this pack left my hair so soft and bouncy....just loved it....thanx a lot.....
I mixed 2 ripe bananas with some curd and honey and blended it for 2 min in mixer....today this today tried this pack...awesome experience...so easy to use and easy to clean...i dont know how some of u got the chunks problem...didnt faced the same....this pack left my hair so soft and bouncy....just loved it....thanx a lot.....
I mixed 2 ripe bananas with some curd and honey and blended it for 2 min in mixer....with ....

Anonymous said...

THIS works diffrent for everyones hair

anonymous said...

Putting anything in the fridge will not help it ripen. The cold actually slows down the ripening process.

Teisa said...

So does the banana just add moisture & vitamins to hair like coconut oil would or does it have protein also? I'm just trying to figure out what it will do to my hair, as I'm pretty protein sensitive.

Brie said...

If u use a really ripe banana one with spots and u mash it til it's really pasty and kinda liquidy u won't have to pick out the banana pieces

bbop said...

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