If warm weather fun has already left your hair drier than you’d like, try this easy coconut banana cream “pie” hair mask. The banana’s potassium will repair some of that fun-in-the-sun hair damage, and the coconut will add needed moisture. What’s more: it smells divine, and you can even eat the leftovers if you want! Masks like this are easy to make and save you money — and you’ll avoid needless exposure to the chemicals found in store-bought hair mask mixtures too.

INGREDIENTS:

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  • One can full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cool water
  • A hand mixer

PREPARATION:

  1. Pre-chill your coconut milk by placing it in the fridge overnight the day before you make your mask.
  2. On mask day, remove the coconut milk from the fridge and scoop off the firm layer of milk that has formed toward the top of your can. Put this in a large mixing bowl. Avoid scooping out any of the liquid if possible.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the half banana well with a fork or potato masher – and mash it well! You want it near a liquid state. Add the mashed banana mixture to your mixing bowl.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and water.
  5. Whip these ingredients with your hand mixer on high until it’s light and fluffy. If it needs a bit more “fluff,” add in a bit more water, one half teaspoon at a time.
  6. After wetting  your hair with hot water (this will open your hair cuticles and allow the mask to adhere), apply the hair mask from root to tip.
  7. Wait 10 – 15 minutes – for the best effect, wrap head in a towel while the mixture sits.
  8. Rinse well with warm water.
  9. Enjoy your silky locks!