Deep Condition : : Banana, Honey, Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Deep Condition : : Banana, Honey, Coconut Oil Hair Mask

How YUMMY does this hair mask sound? and YES you can definitely eat it! (even though strangely enough I hate bananas lol)

I am too broke to spend money buying an expensive azz deep conditioner I wanted to experiment by making a homemade deep conditioning treatment and I was browsing the internet to find something with inexpensive ingredients and what I already had at home.

I came across several recipes that used…bananas!!! I can’t say banana without saying “nana-bar” because my little cousin used to call bananas, “nana-bars” when he was a baby lol so cute :o)

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So why bananas? Well, here’s a few reasons that were enough to get my mad scientist on! (not really but you know what I mean lol

  • Great for dry hair itchy, flaky scalp because it keeps hair hydrated and healthy. With regular use, banana hair masks can increase the moisture content of your hair, smooth frizz and prevent dandruff by soothing and moisturizing your itchy scalp.
  • Contains  vitamins A, B, C, natural oils and carbohydrates which all help prevent split ends, breakage by improving your hair’s elasticity. If you have super dry, color-treated or even relaxed hair, this treatment could be helpful. Also, if you apply heat to your hair a lot as well.
  • Potassium softens the hair shaft and creates more manageability. Makes your curls super soft and springy!
  • Decreases hair loss because it helps address scalp issues. I’ve said it before….a healthy scalp = hair that grows and less hair that falls!

I saw that people mixed all kinds of ingredients with the nana-bars hehe but I picked a few I know work well with my hair so this is sort of my own concoction that was inspired from other recipes. I like to keep my recipes somewhat simple, with few ingredient, because I want to get the full effect from each ingredient. I feel like if you go crazy and put a million things in one recipe, each ingredient isn’t as effective.

So I stuck with just banana, clover creamed honey and coconut oil. Here’s the measurements I used (these are approximations, you can use more or less depending on the length, thickness of your hair):

  • 3 somewhat over-ripe bananas
  • 2 large tablespoons of  raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

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Yes, my jar of coconut oil has gone through war lol I actually infused the last bit of this jar with some essential oils hehe but in case you were wondering, this is the Spectrum brand of coconut oil.

Some of recipes I saw also had milk or yogurt, dark chocolate or cocoa powder (unsweetened). Some people used the baby food version of bananas (more expensive if you ask me…)  I would love to try this with yogurt next time to get that extra boost of protein! The chocolate would make it smell sooo yummy I would imagine…You can also substitute the coconut oil for another type of oil or add some essential oils. I used coconut oil for obvious reasons and the honey because it is a humectant and helps retain moisture in my hair.

One thing I will note, I used clover creamed honey (the kind that is solid) because I like for my deep conditioners to be somewhat thick, I hate when they are runny. That is also why I only used a tablespoon of the oil. I think if I used any more, the warmth from my head will have made the conditioner extremely runny and a big mess!

So I put all of my ingredients in the blender and blended it to a thick puree. I think I should have mashed the bananas in a bowl first though. Usually you need some kind of liquid in the blender to really get it going. I ended up adding some water to try to get it going. It could be the cheap blender I have but after stopping, smashing, stirring, etc. for a while, I got a good consistency. I made sure to smash any remaining chunks of the banana because they will surely get stuck in your hair lol.

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I think my favorite part of this treatment was the application! lol it has a SERIOUS slip too it! I guess its because bananas are kind of slimy by nature but it just smoothed in my hair so nicely. I made sure to rub it into my scalp and smoothed up the entire length of my hair. I always apply treatments in semi-small sections and wrap the section around itself and pile them all on top of my head so it will fit under a plastic cap. I let the mask sit on my hair for about 45 mins (much longer than I probably needed to, I just didn’t feel like getting back in the shower right away lol). I also wrapped a long-sleeve t-shirt around the plastic cap like a turban to keep any drippys from sliding down my face and to keep the warmth from my head stay in. ( I have a pic of this on my instagram)

I rinsed VERY WELL to make sure I got out any banana chunks. I followed up with a quick condition with the Nature’s Gate Hemp conditioner ONLY so I could get a quick lather to help dislodge any more nana-chunks and do a quick detangle with my denman brush.

My hair felt….fortified! That’s the main word that comes to mind lol it just felt stronger. I definitely noticed an improvement in the elasticity. One thing I will note is I was due for a protein treatment so my hair didn’t feel as soft as I thought it could (that’s why I want to try it with yogurt next time). I can always tell when my hair needs a boost of protein.

All in all, I will be adding this into my DIY conditioner rotation!

…be sure to drink the leftovers if you like nana-bars! (only if you don’t use a lot of oil, essential oils, etc. duh!)

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    • Hey Kate! Definitely use plain yogurt since any other kind has sugar. Make sure it’s full fat or low fat an Greek will be awesome because it’s thicker! Start out with maybe a half a cup depending on the length of your hair. I would also maybe reduce the amount of some of the other ingredients to compensate for the yogurt maybe equal parts as the banana. Have fun with it!

  1. So glad I found this today…I was gonna make banana bread!!! I’ll let you know how it goes…sounds perfect.

    • I’m so glad you found me as well! I hope your hair turns out as yummy as the banana bread lol!! Please let me know how it turns out :o))

      • This hair mask is sheer perfection. My hair is doing a happy dance!!! Nice definition to my curls and my hair looks and feels amazing; it’s been 7 days of gorgeous natural hair. Just got my hair dryer, so the next mask will include the honey. I can’t thank you enough, Ms. Lauren!!

        • Sorry for my super delay on replying back! Did you ever try the honey!? It makes a huge difference! I actually have been substituting the coconut oil for coconut milk so that it is a bit thicker in consistency. Still LOVE the results!! and you are so welcome!! ;o))

    • Hey! I don’t do it as often as I should lol but you have inspired me to be more consistent! I’ll try to do it once a month :o))

  2. Bananas and honey seem like a really effective combination! A few days ago I decided to try the pro naturals hair repair mask. Since it is made from argan oil you can imgani how good it really is!

  3. To keep from having lumps pour the mixture through a rice strainer. You get all of the good suff and leave the lumps behind! Just a tip…works like a charm.

    • I love vanilla too! I am not sure if the extract will be ok. I don’t know what’s in it. Plus I am not sure if it would really leave a scent. You may be better off purchasing some vanilla scent oil that is made for hair and bath products. Camden Grey has some or you can just Google it :o)

  4. Do you apply this to wet or dry hair? I normally do just coconut oil on dry hair then rinse and wash later but would love to try this!

    • You can probably do it on both but my hair is always wet since I apply this after I wash. Plus having your hair damn helps distribute the conditioner throughout your hair easier!

  5. I don’t like the bananas- no matter how overripe I still get chunks. Instead I used okra juice and it is amazing! Just cook some okra in water and then use the cool water. Maybe it’s because my hair is like 3 textures!

    • Wow okra juice?! That’s very unique I’ve never heard of that! What does it do for your hair? I will certainly research this and see what I can find! Thanks for sharing this!

      • You’re very welcome! I remember the first time I made a banana & yogurt protein treatment. Banana wasn’t very ripe so I had some small pieces of banana in my hair. Not to mention I used a hand mixer to blend it all. Glad I now have a blended to let it get real smooth! I’m going to attempt the banana hair mask without yogurt for the first time in a couple of days. I have a hooded dryer that I may sit under if I can stand it.

      • Okay I’m sorry you did have over ripe bananas listed in your recipe. My apologies! However my bananas were really mushy like…yours looks firmer in the photo. Anyway try getting the nanners mushier to see if that helps.

    • Hello! You could but it won’t be as effective as raw honey. When honey is processed (by heat) it loses its nutrients so its best to use it in its purest form. You could use a creamed honey which is a bit cheaper that raw. Have fun!

  6. I just tried this in my daughter’s hair today n I really liked it! Her hair felt so nice afterwards!! The only thing I didn’t like was it was so hard to get all the chunks out of her hair. I think next time try with baby food bananas to see if it makes rinsing it out any easier. Thanks!!

    • Aww glad this worked!! But yea getting all the chunks out is a task lol some do prefer the baby food for this very reason!

  7. great, thnx for the tip, I will try this at home, I also use pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask which has helped me a lot to restore my hair. :D

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