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Bananas are widely known to be healthy snacks that are convenient to eat on the go. They are naturally sweet, making them a great substitute for desserts that are otherwise loaded with added sugars.
Sliced bananas and passion fruit can be drizzled with orange juice and served with yogurt for a delectable and healthy snack, breakfast, or treat.
Bananas are native to South-East Asia. Evidence suggests that they were cultivated in Papua New Guinea in 5000 BC and later spread to Africa and the Middle East. In the 16th century, Portuguese sailors carried the fruit to America from West Africa.
Bananas are curve-shaped fruits and have a protective covering in the form of a thick, inedible peel. This peel carries potential health and beauty benefits and is an excellent fertilizer for garden soil.
The flesh of the banana contains a multitude of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and B6, calcium, iron, carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorous, and sodium. (1)
Bananas must be stored under a shade at room temperature, away from sunlight. Unripe bananas may be placed in a brown paper bag or next to a ripe fruit that emits ethylene to fasten the ripening process.
To delay ripening, you need to store the banana away from other ripe fruits or in the refrigerator. Avoid placing them in plastic bags as it will promote rotting by trapping excess moisture.
Along with its internal consumption, bananas can also be used externally to nourish your hair. Applying them to your hair will help in:
- Maintaining the natural elasticity of the hair
- Restoring its glow and shine
- Preventing split ends and breakage
- Making it soft, silky, and damage-free
- Regulating sebum production
- Shielding it from external environmental factors such as heat and chemicals (7)
These benefits make the banana an ideal choice to use as a natural treatment for healthy hair. Different mixtures can be made for different hair types, ranging from dry hair to frizzy hair.
It is important to select the correct banana hair conditioning mask, one that addresses all your concerns and is suited to your hair type.
Although a banana conditioning hair mask may be highly beneficial for your hair, it can be a bit tedious to wash, leaving your hair greasier. Therefore, it is necessary to thoroughly clean your hair and scalp after using the hair mask.
This may be facilitated by washing your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar.
Note: It is necessary to perform a patch test to check for any allergies before applying the hair mask. Allergic reactions to bananas can manifest in various ways, including itching in the throat and mouth, skin or mucosal swelling (angioedema), and itchy rashes (hives, urticaria). Rarely, it may also cause narrowing of the throat, wheezing, and even collapse on consumption.
Banana and Whole Milk Hair Mask
Conditioners with banana as their prime ingredient have been launched by various beauty companies and are gaining popularity.
However, a homemade DIY banana conditioner is comparable with the commercial ones. Plus, a banana conditioner can be easily made using regular kitchen ingredients at a fraction of the price.
Bananas have a high content of nutrients, including potassium, calcium, and natural carbohydrates. They help nourish and moisturize dry, brittle hair, therefore improving its shine and elasticity. It also boosts hair growth by enriching the follicles. (7)
The use of whole milk in this conditioning mask may provide proteins that can help strengthen and nourish your hair.
Additionally, cocoa powder can hydrate the hair and promote the development of a deep-brown hair tone, especially in dry, dyed, or permed hair.
However, no scientific studies have been conducted to test these properties and the recipe is chiefly based on anecdotal observations.
- 1 ripe yellow banana
- Whole milk (as needed to form a paste)
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
How to Make
- Remove the banana peel and cut the flesh into pieces.
- Transfer the pieces into a bowl and mash them using a fork to get a fine pulp.
- Thin out the pulp by mixing in a tablespoon of milk at a time until a semiliquid consistency is achieved.
- Add the cocoa powder.
- Whisk the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
How to Use
- Apply the paste to your hair using a clean dye brush.
- Leave it on for around 20-30 minutes.
- Rinse the paste away with water.
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
- Air-dry your hair.
Use this conditioning hair mask once a week to add smoothness and shine to your hair.
Note: Use a ripe banana for this DIY recipe, and make sure to blend it into a smooth paste properly. Doing so facilitates the washing off of the hair mask. You may also use apple cider vinegar to remove the residual hair mask.
Avocado, Egg, and Banana Hair Mask
This all-natural hair mask can help moisturize your hair and scalp while adding shine to it. At the same time, it may strengthen and cleanse your hair.
Avocados have been observed to possess hair moisturizing properties, adding shine and body to the locks.
Bananas may help repair damage and soothe the hair, and the proteins in eggs can aid in hair strengthening. Olive oil can help add luster to the hair while conditioning it.
These ingredients have been used as anecdotal remedies for long. However, there is minimal scientific evidence to back these claims.
While this conditioning mask can be used for all hair types, the apple cider vinegar in this recipe makes it ideal for oily hair.
Also, it can be slightly difficult to clean out the banana from the hair, making it greasier. Apple cider vinegar helps remove the residual banana, leading to clean hair.
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Half of an avocado
- Half of an overripe banana
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup of water
How to Make
- In a clean bowl or measuring cup, mix the water and apple cider vinegar.
- Put the banana, egg, avocado, and oil in a blender pot.
- Process the ingredients until a smooth puree, devoid of lumps, is obtained.
How to Use
- Massage the puree onto your scalp and comb it through the hair using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap.
- Leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your hair with water.
- Wash your hair using your regular shampoo.
- Pour the diluted apple cider vinegar onto your hair.
- Rinse after a couple of minutes.
- Use your regular conditioner as usual.
- You may make this conditioner using the brown, overripe bananas that otherwise go to waste.
- Puree the banana properly as bits of it can stick to your hair and make the washing process a bit tedious.
- You may mix in a few drops of rosemary oil, lavender oil, or peppermint oil if you find the smell of the hair mask to be unpleasant. These oils also contribute to hair growth. Alternatively, you can add rose water.
Bananas are not only a delicious fruit, but they also have manifold benefits for the skin, hair, and general health.
They are a nutrient-rich source containing natural oils, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, magnesium, and biotin. Bananas are an excellent agent for hair nourishment that helps strengthen and moisturize the hair, leaving your locks lustrous and soft. (7)