Avocado has long been used in the beauty world as an ingredient in face masks, serums, oils, shampoos – the list goes on. on. We’ve personally noticed it showing up a lot more in hair care products from different brands, so we decided the time was finally right to do a little in-depth analysis of the hair benefits of avocado. Below, we’ve reached out to a few experts to learn more about how the fruit can potentially produce healthier hair, as well as how to use it correctly. Get all their expert advice below!
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About the Experts
Kaveri KarhadeMD, FAAD is a board-certified general and cosmetic dermatologist based in San Francisco, CA.
Cataanda James is a brand educator for The Mane Choice and a licensed cosmetologist.
Benefits of Avocado Hair
1. It adds shine.
Avocado is often touted as hydrating, although that’s not quite the case. Because it’s so thick, notes Kaveri Karhade, MD, FAAD “it’s unlikely to penetrate the hair shaft and rather more likely to rest on the hair.” However, she doesn’t think avocado can help seal the cuticle, leaving you with shiny hair.
Licensed cosmetologist Cataanda James agrees that this benefit is also true, noting that it’s all down to the magnesium and potassium in the fruit.
2. It softens your hair.
Not only does avocado add shine, it also softens your hair. “Avocado can help soften hair, especially for dry, brittle colored hair,” notes Dr. Karhade. James shares that although it “helps maintain the integrity of the hair from the roots to the middle of the shaft, it does not reverse existing damage to over-sensitized hair. Translation? If your hair is quite damaged, you’ll need something a little stronger than avocado to get the job done.
3. It can help with dandruff.
A surprising benefit of the fruit is its potential ability to help soothe dandruff. “A less studied but important advantage is that the lawyer may have some use for those who suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp,” says Dr. Karhade. “Recent research shows the activity of avocado sugar against yeast involved in dandruff” can help soothe the scalp.
4. It helps with detangling.
Avocado offers a nice glide to otherwise unruly hair. If you need a little help untangling your knots, consider using the fruit. James shares that the reason avocado helps with detangling is because “the fatty acids provide a smoother, more flexible glide, which ultimately helps reduce breakage.”
5. It will eventually strengthen your hair.
James points out that the combination of vitamins A, D, K and E, biotin and zinc work together to strengthen your locks. Who would have guessed that avocado would be the missing link to stronger hair?
Hair type consideration
Before you start applying avocado to your hair (or toast) on a regular basis, there are a few things you need to consider, namely your hair type. “Those who tend to have hair that gets greasy quickly, or those who prefer to wash their hair more infrequently, may find avocado too heavy,” says Dr. Karhade. “Also, those with fine hair may find the heavy oil-based avocado weighs hair down.”
James also cautions against using the fruit if you have allergies. “Those with food allergies (certain nuts, fruits and other foods) should avoid using any product containing avocado, as it may cause adverse effects,” she mentions. “Avocado is known to have similar proteins which may or may not cause a reaction. If you have a history of allergies, it’s always wise to do a strand test to make sure you won’t develop a reaction or allergy. skin irritation.
So who Is benefit from using avocado on their hair? Those who have dry, brittle or even colored hair. “Avocado works best on medium to thick, dry, brittle hair as it coats strands and provides a boost of moisture that helps soften the overall texture of hair,” says James.
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How to incorporate avocado into your hair care routine
Eat an avocado or apply it? Why not the two of them? James notes that it may be best to ingest it because “your body is better equipped to digest and break it down so it moves through the bloodstream faster and your body can retain more nutrients.” But, you can still have better hair by applying it topically.
Dr. Karhade emphasizes the importance of applying avocado to dry hair when using it as a topical, as “avocado is oil-based and will repel wet hair.” She recommends applying a fresh, mashed avocado as a hair mask, leaving it on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinsing out with shampoo. It can get a little messy, but that’s part of the fun of DIY.
If you prefer using avocado-based hair products, James offers some of his top picks from The Mane Choice. She suggests the Soft As Can Be Revitalizes and refreshes 3-in-1 as it can be used as a co-wash, leave-in conditioner and detangler. “It rinses away impurities, works wonders for hydrating, restoring moisture and aiding in the detangling process,” notes James.
She recommends that “those with fine hair use a pre-poop.” His choice ? Easy On The CURLS Hydrating Detangling Conditioner. “[It] coats strands with nourishment and moisture to aid detangling, increase softness and enhance shine.
His choice of final product is the Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel because it “attacks frizz, defines curls, and smoothes hair while leaving it feeling strong and healthy-looking for a polished finish.”