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Is your hair fine and in need of a lightweight oil? Are you out in the sun often? Do you have a lot of damage (from heat tools or the environment)? Consider trying avocado oil for your hair this summer.

What are the benefits of avocado oil for hair?

According to Curl Chemist Tonya McKay, avocado oil is comprised mainly of oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid. It also has several other fatty acids present and contains significant amounts of Vitamins A, E, and D, again with Vitamin E being present in significant amounts. This oil is valued for its light feel and excellent emollient properties.

Avocado oil is valued for its light feel and excellent emollient properties. It's beneficial for damaged hair because of its high vitamin E content. 

Avocado oil contains significant amounts of tocopherol, or Vitamin E, a moisturizing agent for both hair and skin due to its ability to penetration beneath the surface. Studies have shown that it's absorbed directly into the hair cortex, where it can moisturize and plump the hair shaft. This has been found to be significant for curly hair, which is more likely to have a damaged cuticle layer than straight hair. In addition, the vitamin E in avocado oil is also known to possess properties that aid in the prevention and reversal of some forms of hair loss. As a powerful antioxidant, it protects the hair from damage caused by free radicals encountered due to exposure to UV radiation (sunlight), chemicals and pollutants.

As a good source of monounsaturated fat and soluble and insoluble fiber, avocado oil is derived from the leaves, estragole, which is most commonly used in the cosmetics industry. 

Try one of these popular avocado hair products. 

Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Conditioner

This conditioner will soften and moisturize even the most damaged, fried hair.

SheaMoisture Moringa & Avocado Power Greens Moisturizing Nourishing Daily Shampoo,

This smoorovides easy movement and bounce to your curls but isn't greasy.

Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Treatment,

This pre-poo will add extra conditioning properties and a glossy finish to brittle curls.

NOW Foods 100% Avocado Oil

You can find this oil in natural grocers and use it as a pre-poo or hot oil treatment for deep conditioning and softer hair.

applying avocado mask to hair

Make your own avocado hair masque

You can use avocado oil for a homemade avocado hot oil treatment, or if you don't own avocado oil you can actually use the whole avocado. This moisturizing hair recipe is all-natural and ideal for fine hair that is dry from damage. Courtesy of Back to Her Roots.

You need:

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and scooped out
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add in the avocado, olive oil, honey and essential oil. Whip on high until light in color and smooth in a small mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Dampen hair with water. Spread mask onto hair, paying particular attention to the ends (feel free to rub it in a bit). Clip your hair onto the top of your head, cover with shower cap, and heat—either using a hair dryer for 15 minutes or by sitting in the sun for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Remove shower cap, rinse out mask, and then wash and condition hair as usual.