Curly Hair Care

From Dry to Juicy Curls – I Fed My Hair DIY Avocado Hair Mask

January 28, 2018
Featured picture of avocado hair mask for curly hair

It’s winter in Delhi & besides hating how this season makes me feel mentally and physically numb, it also affects  my curls. The plunging temperatures has made them drier & rougher – two weeks of being sick with a cold didn’t help. I could afford to only wash them once a week & my curls definitely suffered. I knew that I needed to give it some much needed TLC but my favourite deep conditioner, The Bodyshop Rainforest Hair Mask was over and the new ones I tried recently weren’t any good.

Dry Lifeless Curly Hair

Dry lifeless curls. Of course I’m still smiling, it is just hair you know. 😉

So I turned to an easy hack- making my deep conditioner at home! Not only does it save me money, it’s easy to whip up with fruits and ingredients you have lying about in your kitchen. Its how I survived on a small budget in college and when I just started working. Even now when I’m not being lazy, I apply natural, home-made masks to nourish my curls.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask


This time, I added a yummy, buttery ingredient known for it’s super moisturising capabilities & another ingredient that has been a part of my childhood as long as I can remember.

Little did I know, this hair mask was everything my curls avo wanted. Infact, I’d go as far as to say I was coconuts about this creamy deep conditioner. After the results I saw, I olive this DIY hair mask & will do this more often. Believe me honey when I say these ingredients belong together!

Okay, Okay! No more puns in this post! 😛 Let’s get to it! Read why these ingredients are great for frizzy hair & how to apply them (Video Tutorial included) for best results below.

Who is DIY Avocado Hair Mask For

Anyone of ANY hair type suffering from dryness that refuses to go and is dealing with a lot of frizz. This DIY hair mask is great for those who are particular about putting chemicals on their hair & want something natural instead.


To reduce dryness which leads to frizz, breakage, split ends & loss of shine. This in turn helps in healthy hair growth. Anyone with clogged scalp can also benefit from this hair mask.

Ingredients of DIY Avocado Hair Mask

DIY Avocado Hair Mask



Avocado halves

This is not a local Indian fruit yet you get ‘desi’ avocados in INA market, New Delhi. You can also get them from Foodhall. The flesh is soft & buttery & is packed full of nutrients like potassium (2x Bananas), Vitamins like A, B6, D, E. It has high levels of protein and antioxidants. All of this is easily absorbed into out scalp, hair shaft. A mask with this will add shine & tame frizzy waves or curls.

Note: Making this a part of your diet will be more beneficial for your health. Topical treatments will work as long as your overall health & nutrition is great.

Coconut Milk


Coconut Milk or nariyal ka doodh has protein, Vitamin C, niacin and folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, and selenium.It can improve blood circulation in scalp which in turn helps in healthy hair growth. The Vitamin E & omega-6 fatty acids moisturise the curls when used to deep condition.

I’ve used store bought coconut milk but if you want to make fresh coconut milk at home, simply grate a fresh coconut & add it to a blender. Add water to make a thick paste. Squeeze out the liquid with a cheese cloth or ‘channi’ & it’s done!

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

A powerhouse of moisturising ingredients! More than just being a dietary staple for health conscious folks, it is a handy oil for people with textured hair.  It is composed of more than 70% Saturated & Monounsaturated fat with Omega-6, Omega-3: 0.76%, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. So adding even a few drops to your deep conditioner will up it’s moisturising capabilities. Remember that if you have low porosity hair, this can be heavy for you. Switch to a lighter oil like Jojoba or Argan instead.




I don’t like honey in my food (there, I said it. I don’t like the taste.) but apart from it’s great medicinal properties, it is great for hair. It can soften the hair (natural emollient), work as an antioxidant (healthy scalp) & a humectant (prevents loss of moisture). It’s highly antiseptic & antibacterial properties can also help against an infected scalp. Here too, if you can get natural honey (my mom has several bottles stored), it is better but you can also use a store bought one. I use a little of both since my store bought one hardly had any left!


  1. Clarifying Shampoo (Can use sulphate free shampoo as well)
  2. Conditioner
  3. Bowl
  4. Blender (Machine blender works better)
  5. Deep Conditioning Cap/Shower Cap
  6. T shirt
  7. Denman Comb/Brush

How To Prep

Clarify your hair with a shampoo (I used Pantene lively clean, a silicone free shampoo with sulphate to remove previous buildup). You can use a non sulphate shampoo as well. Use your conditioner (currently testing Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Masque) to detangle gently & remove any knots. I find detangling once before putting a hair mask makes it easier for the ingredients to coat and penetrate hair strands. Remember to rinse out the conditioner completely.


DIY Avocado Hair Mask Recipe

1.  Mash 1 avocado in a bowl to remove any lumps.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

2. Add a tsp of olive oil. Add less if your hair gets easily weighed down by oil.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

3. Add 1 tbsp of honey.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

4. Add coconut milk to get it to a runny texture. You can add less to make a thicker paste and more milk to make a thin paste like I did here. *rolls eyes at self for this absolutely obvious piece of info*

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

5. Blend to smooth. Remember, if there are lumps in your hair mask, it will be difficult to remove them. Blend as smooth as you can.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

6. This how the final mix should look like!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask


How To Apply DIY Avocado Hair Mask

On wet, freshly washed (shampooed+ conditioned+detangled) hair, smooth on the hair mask on different sections of your hair.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Use your fingers to detangle first & then use a narrow comb/denman brush to distribute the natural deep conditioner well throughout your hair.

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Tie your hair into a bun & cover it with a shower cap or a heat cap. Doing this or light steaming helps the hair mask to penetrate the hair strands deeper. This step is especially great for low porosity hair.

Heat Cap For Deep Conditioning

Much Attractive. Wow.

Leave the avocado hair mask on for 20-45 minutes & rinse it off well! Be careful that you don’t leave any lumps on your hair.

After that, it’s time to style! Make sure your hair is wet & divided in 2-3 sections. Use your favourite leave in conditioner/gel & style as normal. Want more styling ideas? Check out this post: Ultimate Guide To Styling Wavy & Curly Hair

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You can also watch my video tutorial from start to finish with this DIY Avocado hair mask below!

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Results of DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Do you see the shine!? I’d felt how buttery avocados were when I was mashing them in the bowl & that definitely revived my curls. It was smooth to touch & felt deliciously moisturised. The only thing I would have improved would be to add an essential oil that smells nice next time!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

How Often

Honestly, it depends on how often you can afford to buy good avocado. I know it isn’t available in most cities in India. I get mine from INA market or food hall. You can also substitute this with bananas, works quite well too! But if it’s easy to get for you, twice a month is fine.


I don’t know if there is anyone allergic to avocados but if you are, please don’t try this mask, haha! Substitute the fruit with banana instead. Also, if you are low porosity or have loose curls/wavy hair- be very careful with the amount of oil you use. You can also use a lighter oil like Argan or Jojoba instead. (I can’t stress this point enough!)


If you tried this DIY Avocado hair mask, share your results with me and the curly hair community on Instagram with @thecuriousjalebi & #tcjtips! I would LOVE to feature you in this blog post and/or my Instagram page!


Join The Conversation

The best part of a post like this are the questions and comments after. Leave yours below!

Let me know if

a. You are going to try this hair mask

b. If you have ever tried this. If so, how was your experience?

c. YOUR fav home-made hair mask – any super amazing mask I should try?

And if you are looking for more hair masks, check out this special edition of The Curious Column: Mrinalini’s Top 5 DIY Hair Masks.

More DIY hair masks coming soon! Until then, see you on Instagram (@thecuriousjalebi) and Facebook (The Curious Jalebi)!



  • Reply
    Dr Ila Gujaria
    April 30, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Hi Pallavi, i tried the avocado hair mask today and got seriously awesome results…..definitely worth every penny….thanks for sharing such great tips

  • Reply
    Salonee dixit
    April 9, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Will this help in improving the volume of hair??

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      April 10, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Hi Salonee, no this for moisturising hair

  • Reply
    March 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hi, is there a particular brand of heat cap you suggest?? How is Hot Head??

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      April 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Hi Isha, I’ve only tried one heat cap. I have not tried Hot Head but heard great things about it!

  • Reply
    Seema Menon
    March 1, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Am going to try this. We had a huge Avocado tree in Assam…but never appreciated it ,till Delhi and it’s huge prices. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Pallavi Juneja
      April 10, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      Wow! Avocado tree in India, how amazing! And anytime, hope it helps you when you make it!

  • Reply
    Riana Ann
    February 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Can’t wait to try this out Pallavi – will definitely let you know how this turns out for me .

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