Ifrah's Homemade Deep Conditioner Recipe:

I made up this deep conditioner recipe a few years ago after I became serious about taking care of my hair. I never really used to do much with my hair before that, but then, hair health became really important to me. I found out that my hair didn't seem to be getting the best nutrients from store-bought conditioners, so I decided to just make my own deep conditioner from scratch. After all, nature provides us with many wonderful gifts that can be used for both health and beauty. In the quest to make my own deep conditioner, I did some good old internet research for weeks on end in order to find out which natural foods could be used to improve hair health. There were many different options, so I decided to just put together all the most frequently mentioned foods in order to make a super-deep conditioner. The Beyoncé of homemade deep conditioners, really. This recipe has been tweaked over the years; especially as my hair length has dramatically changed. Feel free to adjust the ingredient portions to best match your hair needs. I have very fine curls that are 3A, 3B, and 3C mix. Now that my hair is short again, I only require about half of this recipe. A few months ago when my hair was longer, I needed as much deep conditioner as I could get! I encourage you to experiment with proportions until you find what works for you! Remember though, you can deep condition all you want and take care of your outer body but internal health is also really important for hair health. That means drinking lots of water, eating your fruits and veggies, exercising, and getting enough rest! When we take care of our whole health, your whole body benefits. 

Ingredients:

1 medium-large ripe avocado

3/4 can of coconut milk (make sure it doesn't have any strange extra ingredients)

3 or 4 good squeezes from a honey bottle

1 egg

3/4 cup of olive oil

1 banana (optional)

Lavender flower petals (optional)

Process:

1. Grab a ripe avocado and cut it in half. Remove the pit and squeeze the avocado meat into a blender.

2. Crack an egg and also put it into the blender, on top of the squeezed avocado.

3. Take 3/4 cup of olive oil and pour it over the egg and avocado mix.

4. Grab the honey and give 3 to 4 good squeezes of the bottle and squeeze into the blender.

5. Open a can of coconut milk and pour 3/4 of the can into the blender.

6. If you have an amazing blender, feel free to peel and throw in one banana into the blender. Also feel free to add in any other aromatic oils or flowers. I like to do lavender because I love the smell.

7. Puree and blend all ingredients until a smooth and light green hair mask forms.

8. Apply deep conditioner to damp hair; squeeze out excess deep conditioner and tie your hair into a high bun.

9. Wrap your hair in a scarf so that the conditioner doesn't drip everywhere. 

10. Let conditioner sit in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour and then rinse it out. Follow your normal hair routine after this. 

Benefits:

Avocado - This is a super ingredient. I call it a super ingredient because even using it in your hair by itself can really improve your hair health. Avocados are awesome to eat but they are as equally awesome for hair. They revitalize your scalp, the natural oils are great for damaged and dry hair, and it can give your dull looking hair a shiny boost.

Coconut Milk - Another super ingredient. Like avocados, you can use coconut milk by itself as a deep conditioner. Sometimes, if I am feeling too lazy to make this deep conditioner, I'll just let my hair soak in coconut milk and it gives it a wonderful boost. Plus it rinses right out! Coconut milk is amazing because it penetrates the hair follicles really well making it a bomb moisturizer! It also helps with hair breakage and it promotes hair growth.

Honey - Truly a gift from nature. I can just go on about its benefits. It contains antibacterial qualities, it helps your scalp retain moisture, and it is a natural emollient. It also encourages hair growth by providing nutrients to the hair follicles. 

Egg - Protein rich and can improve the strength of your hair. The ends of our hair are usually the oldest and most brittle. I use eggs specifically to help strengthen the bottom portion of my hair to prevent breakage. 

Olive Oil - This is cool because it has multiple benefits. Everything from decreasing dandruff, softening the hair, and providing extra moisture needed to keep those ends from splitting as quickly.

Banana - Great because they are rich in natural oils, are great for an itchy scalp, naturally helps add volume to your hair, and it protects the elasticity of your hair. The only downside to bananas are that they need to be blended extremely well before being put into curly hair or you'll have dried banana chunks in your hair for a few days. I'm not speaking from experience...a friend told me...I swear. If you have a shitty blender and are feeling desperate for some banana in your deep conditioner, banana baby food might be a chunk-free option.