How to Make an Avocado Hair Mask

creamy DIY avocado hair mask in glass jar surrounded by spilled honey and olive oil

Treehugger / Alexandra Cristina Nakamura

  • Working Time: 5 - 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 - 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 hair mask
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $2-5.00

Avocado toast is a popular brunch choice for a reason: the tasty green fruit is packed with vitamins and oils that are healthy and nutritious for your body. But avocados aren’t just for eating anymore. They can also keep your hair looking strong and shiny while skipping out on added chemicals that come in so many store-bought hair masks.

The natural oils in avocados provide much-needed moisture for dry hair in need of hydration but can benefit any hair type. And vitamins like B, C, E, and K provide hair with shine and are nourishing to the scalp. Potassium and magnesium found in avocados may help seal the hair’s cuticle, which reduces frizz and prevents breakage.

No matter which of the many benefits of avocado you’re looking for, these simple recipes for avocado hair masks will give your hair a quick and natural refresh.

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What You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Food processor or electric mixer
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Prepare the Avocado

    avocado cut in half with seed intact laying on wooden cutting board and towel

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    Carefully cut the avocado in half on a cutting board using a sharp knife. Be mindful to cut around, and not through the pit. Remove the pit and then use the tablespoon to scoop out the insides and place them in your food processor. 

    How to Pick an Avocado for Your Hair Mask

    Look for a ripe avocado to use in your hair mask. The more ripe the avocado is, the softer and easier it will be to blend into a smooth texture.

    When choosing the right avocado, look for skin that is almost black in color and bumpy in texture. Then gently press down on the skin with your thumb. If the skin gives a little, you’ve found a ripe avocado. If there is no give when you push, or if your thumb leaves a permanent dent in the skin, the avocado is either too hard or too soft and will not make a good hair mask.

    Cut avocados that haven’t gone bad are fine to use also and have the added benefit of not creating food waste. Even if the flesh of the avocado is discolored from being exposed to the air, it will still have all the good oils and nutrients to make a great hair mask.  

  2. Add Olive Oil

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    Measure two tablespoons of olive oil (try to look for olive oil that’s been grown on a traditional farm, which will have lower environmental impacts). Add the olive oil to the avocado in the food processor. 

  3. Add Honey

    tablespoon of honey is added to mashed up avocado in food processor

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    Measure two tablespoons of honey (locally sourced is more environmentally friendly because of the lower carbon emissions created to get it to you) and add it to the olive oil and avocado in the food processor.

  4. Blend the Ingredients

    overhead view of food processor with avocado puree smooth and creamy

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    Blend all ingredients together until there are no more chunks and everything is evenly mixed. The mixture should look light green and be smooth and creamy in texture.  

  5. Apply the Mask

    woman adds avocado-honey hair mask to dark brown hair coating strands

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    Use your hands to apply the hair mask to clean, towel-dried hair. Spread the mask out, making sure to coat the ends of your hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp with your fingers.

    Once the mask is evenly distributed, pile hair on top of your head and cover it with a shower cap. Let the mask sit on your hair for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. 


ingredients for avocado honey olive oil mask on cutting board

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This quick and effective hair mask is easy to whip up, and even easier to modify. Try different ingredients to give your hair an added boost or help keep your scalp calm and happy. These fun options can usually be found in your kitchen or at your local food co-op. You can even try combinations of these ingredients to customize the perfect hair mask for your individual hair type.

  • 1 banana - for added shine and smoothness
  • 1 cup of cooked oatmeal - to help with a dry, itchy scalp
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil - for added damage protection
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel - for reducing inflammation

Environmental Concerns

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2.2 pounds of avocados can take over 500 gallons of water to grow, making them heavy consumers of freshwater. And with every 9 out of 10 avocados consumed in the United States coming from Mexico, their carbon footprint is incredibly large as well.

Trying to find domestically grown avocados is your best bet for being as sustainable as possible, and if you find yourself with some leftover avocado after you make your next batch of guacamole, consider throwing together a healthy hair mask so none of it goes to waste.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Should you wash your hair before using an avocado mask?

    Avocado masks should be applied to dry hair because they're oil-based, and water repels oil. That said, if you use product in your hair, you should wash and dry it first for optimal results.

  • Can you put a brown avocado in your hair?

    Yes, you can use a brown avocado for your hair mask. Browning occurs when avocado flesh is exposed to oxygen. The process is perfectly natural, and discolored avocados are fine to both eat and treat hair with.

  • How often should you put avocado in your hair?

    Avocado hair masks can be used once weekly. Subjecting your hair to oily treatments too frequently could make it look greasy—plus, the less avocados you buy (especially out of season), the gentler avocado growing will be on the environment.

View Article Sources
  1. Dias, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni. "Hair Cosmetics: An Overview." International Journal of Trichology, vol. 7, no. 1, 2015, pp. 2-15., doi:10.4103/0974-7753.153450

  2. Moreira, Francisco, et al. "Making Olive Oil Sustainable." Science, vol. 365, no. 6456, 2019, pp. 873., doi:10.1126/science.aay7899

View Article Sources
  1. Dias, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni. "Hair Cosmetics: An Overview." International Journal of Trichology, vol. 7, no. 1, 2015, pp. 2-15., doi:10.4103/0974-7753.153450

  2. Moreira, Francisco, et al. "Making Olive Oil Sustainable." Science, vol. 365, no. 6456, 2019, pp. 873., doi:10.1126/science.aay7899