Could bananas be one of the world’s most perfect foods? You be the judge. Popular? Check. Convenient? Check. Tasty? Check. A superfood? Check. Let’s find out why bananas deserve this characterization and how it benefits our health and hair, no matter your hair type or your season in life.
Banana Benefits for Hair
One of the most potassium dense foods, bananas help improve muscle function making them a perfect choice after a run or tough workout. The potassium in bananas are an essential mineral that also supports our nervous system. Like sodium, nerves need potassium to function properly. Two minerals we cannot live without.
Any other vitamins found in bananas that benefit our bodies, skin and hair? Antioxidants, B2, B6, vitamin E and C, magnesium, vitamin A, iron, manganese, to name just a few. Vitamin A in particular restores moisture in both skin and hair, while folic acid helps hair shine.
Silica is also found in bananas which our body uses to produce collagen. Collagen is not only crucial for healthy skin, but also helps hair stay healthy and glossy.
Hair texture, strength, and shine can change throughout our life. Hormones, environment, diet, life changes, stress, all of these can impact our hair health. With a few minutes and a couple of bananas we can restore strand shine.
How To Do a Banana Hair Mask
It’s perfectly natural to be questioning the wisdom of putting a banana your hair. Won’t that be a TOTAL mess you ask? The answer is no, not if you do it right!
The key is getting the right consistency!
You do not want to be picking banana pieces out of your hair!
To avoid that, you want a cream-like banana puree. Mashing alone is not enough! Think of it like you’re making banana ice cream. This ensures the banana will easily wash out of your hair.
It’s hard to blend a whole banana in a blender without liquid so we recommend either using a smaller blender (like single serve or an immersion) or a food processor. First, break up the banana in a bowl with a fork then add it to the blender and add any additional ingredients.
And blend away! You can’t overdo the mixing so let it run for 20-30 seconds. Aim for a runny, smoothie-like consistency with zero lumps.
Then wrap a towel around your shoulders to catch drips and apply to your hair from roots to ends. Put on a hair cap or wrap your hair in a towel or plastic wrap to avoid getting banana everywhere. Wait 15-20 minutes and then rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.
Here are 6 mask recipes to try
1. 2-Ingredient Banana Hair Mask
Super simple and super effective, this two-ingredient hair mask reduces frizz and increases shine. Banana’s vitamin A and potassium help repair and strengthen strands while hydrating amino acids penetrate follicles to moisturize from within. Honey acts as a humectant to lock in moisture and enhance shine.
—1 ripe banana
—1 teaspoon honey
After peeling one banana into a bowl, use a fork to mash it until a soft, thickly pureed consistency. Add the honey and blend with immersion blender or food processor.
Apply to hair and pay careful attention to the roots and the ends of hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Then rinse and shampoo/condition as normal.
2. Banana Cream Mask
Take our two-ingredient mask and kick it up a notch with an added boost of hydration. Adding just a few tablespoons of olive oil packs a lot of moisture if your hair is feeling dry or brittle.
—1 ripe banana
—1 teaspoon honey
—1-2 tablespoons olive oil
In a blender, combine 1 peeled banana, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Apply the mixture to damp hair from roots to ends and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 15 minutes then rinse. Use once every other week.
3. Nix fall-out with a fruit mask
Losing a bit more hair each time you brush or wash your hair? This mask is a wonderful scalp treatment to stimulate and nourish hair follicles.
—1 tbsp coconut oil
—1/2 tsp honey
Combine above ingredients and blend well. Apply to damp clean hair, focusing on the scalp, let sit 20 minutes. Rinse. Repeat once a week.
4. Scalp Treatment
Putting the antioxidants in bananas and avocado to work, this treatment leaves your hair and scalp soft and conditioned. Coconut milk’s lauric acid helps repair hair damage and supports the building of keratin, the protein that strengthens hair.
—1/2 banana, very ripe
—3 tablespoons coconut milk
Mash the banana and avocado together in a small bowl until you have a very smooth consistency. Add the coconut milk and blend together. Massage into dry hair, then wrap your hair with a warm towel and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse hair and shampoo as usual.
5. Banana Scalp Scrub
Remedy a flaky scalp with a banana sugar scalp scrub. The fruit’s antimicrobial agents kill dandruff-causing fungus and sugar whisks away flakes.
—1 banana, mashed
—3/4 cup sugar
Rub on a damp scalp for 1 minute, then wash and rinse.
6. Anti-Frizz Banana Mask
If summer humidity has turned your hair into a frizzy mess, try a banana hair mask. The fruit’s water content combined with the fats in yogurt deliver extra moisture while banana’s amino acids seal the cuticle.
—1 banana, mashed
—1/2 cup yogurt, plain
Apply from roots to ends of damp hair. Sit for 15 minutes then rinse and shampoo. Repeat weekly.