Hair || DIY Banana Deep Conditioner

Thursday, May 7, 2015

'Beginning is half the victory in any enterprise'
Mike Murdock

Hi hunnies,
How's it going? New quarter of the year and all...I'm mentally raising my glass to great things ahead.
This post I originally wrote last week but wound up not putting up. It was wash day again and I wanted to switch things up a bit so rather than using any of my regular deep conditioners I decided to play mixologist and ended up making a deep conditioner concoction using bananas.

I set aside some bananas in the fridge prior to Saturday cos I wanted them really ripe but I think I might have overdone it a little but thankfully they didn't go bad. I think the hard part about documenting this entire episode was the picture-taking part: a wash day that takes at the very most 2hrs ended up taking 3 and a half hours or was exhausting but thankfully all that time spent was worth the result if you ask me.

I started off washing and conditioning my hair as usual but because I was looking to save time I changed my routine a bit- rather than my usual cleansing with apple cider vinegar and way too much TLC,I opted to wash with black soap & warm water (I like to cut the huge bar of soap into smaller pieces that can easily fit into the palm of my hands when washing) and followed with conditioning using Alberto V05 Herbal Escapes Pomegranate & Grapeseed Strengthening Conditioner (I love the smell of this baby right here, very affordable and effective).

Normally some people might use a mild deep conditioner for say 30minutes before using the banana mix but I didn't want to over stress my hair that morning so I did a mild deep conditioning through the night- I applied my ORS replenishing conditioner all over my slightly damp hair,wore my shower cap,tied a satin scarf over that before finally wearing my satin bonnet and then going to bed (it was uncomfortable and itchy but oh well we had to endure).

After washing & conditioning I went ahead to make the banana deep conditioner using:
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey

I mashed the bananas with a spoon and stirred the mixture for a uniform consistency.

Banana boasts of vitamins like potassium and vitamin A that help with dry hair, honey is a natural humectant that promotes moisture retention, the mayonnaise balances things out by infusing the hair with both moisture and protein to help soften dry hair.Coconut oil on the other hand is just what I might call 'a jack of all trades'.It is rich in lauric acid which helps reduce protein loss in hair, has a high moisture retaining capacity, helps with split ends,great for dry and damaged hair,helps with hair loss and is a really good conditioner. That's really my reason for using 2 tablespoons of this.

I was in such a hurry to be done that I skipped the part where I strain the mixture to remove lumps/particles from the banana: I felt that since the banana was so ripe that I didn't need to blend it initially then I could get away with not straining the mixture but I regretted not doing this at the end cos I could see the particles in my hair after washing it out. 

I went ahead to section my hair into 4 sections and applied this generously to my hair then sort of braided/bantu- knot-ed each section ( my hair is still short so it doesn't look like much). Afterwards I tied a plastic bag over my hair then wore my shower cap and allowed it to sit for 30minutes.

I rinsed it out with cool water and you can see the banana residue in my hair, I guess I learnt my lesson about patience. Also I think my hair really loved this stuff going by that shine that was evident.

I went ahead to moisturise and style my hair while still damp using:

Jamaican Black Castor Oil as the Oil for the day to lock in that moisture,

Organics by Africa's best Hair Mayonnaise as the leave-in conditioner (I stumbled on this in my bathroom, didn't realize I still had it- this was really great during my transitioning days),

Shea butter as the sealant for all that yummy moisture so far, and finally

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel as the styler,always wanted to find out how this would do as a styling gel and I really liked the results.

I did twists before doing a bantu knot, I don't really like to section my hair with a comb when I twist cos of the clear line of demarcation it gives which might be a problem in the mornings when I'm fluffing out my hair in a hurry with my afro-pick so instead I section with my fingers.

I slept in my satin bonnet and the following day was a Sunday and I had to run out but my hair hadn't completely dried. I ended up taking down the style so there wasn't that much curl definition but I liked how it turned out: the soft feel with no crunch. 

I apologize for not getting a good shot of the hair that day, everything happened so fast. I had my hair in a pseudo-puff throughout the week- didn't have much strength for anything else.

All things considered it was fun doing this, would try something with avocados next time and see how it goes.

That's pretty much it for this post,
Till the next one,

Stay safe.



  1. Yes yes, love this. and why does it sound like a yummy dessert. Just saying lol.

    1. I know right lol, but with that,not a fan at all.


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