DIY Banana Conditioner Recipe for Smoother and Healthier Hair

Think about bananas, coconut milk, and honey, and the first thing which will probably come to your mind is a tropical smoothie! But did you know that this combination can actually be used to make an effective deep hair conditioner? This easy-to-follow nourishing conditioner recipe will leave your hair softer, smoother, and shinier!

Bananas are rich in potassium that strengthens the hair and minimizes breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity. It also facilitates repair of damaged hair. Banana also helps moisturize your locks as it contains natural oils and about 75% water.() Strong, moisturized hair is less prone to frizzing and tangling.

In addition, the fruit is packed with several beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, B6, C, and E as well as zinc and iron. With bananas as a base, this homemade deep hair conditioner also includes:

  • Coconut milk – Coconut milk is loaded with antioxidants and fats. It will help condition your hair and strengthen them with proteins and oils. It can also help boost the hair volume.
  • Coconut oil – This ingredient contains vitamin E and healthy fatty acids that help moisturize your hair, encourage growth, add shine, and reduce keratin loss. The lauric acid in coconut oil gives this ingredient its antibacterial and antifungal properties that help prevent dandruff.()
  • Honey – Honey is a natural humectant. It helps hydrate your hair and lock in the moisture. This ingredient is rich in iron, zinc, sulfur, and B vitamins that promote healthy hair growth. Moreover, weekly application of crude honey may significantly improve seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss as well as prevent relapse.()

How to Make DIY Banana Hair Conditioner

Things you will need:

  • Banana – 1 piece
  • Coconut milk – 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon (2 tablespoons if you have dry or frizzy hair)
  • Honey – 2 tablespoons A blender
  • A bowl
  • A tablespoon

Steps

1. Cut the banana into pieces and place them in a bowl.

2. Add two tablespoons of coconut milk.

3. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil. You may add another tablespoon of oil if you have dry, frizzy hair.

4. Mix in two tablespoons of honey.

5. Transfer the contents into a blender and blend for 45 to 60 seconds till you get a smooth mixture without any chunks.

6. Your DIY banana hair conditioner is now ready to use.

How to Use your DIY Banana Conditioner for Deep Conditioning

  • Dampen your hair.
  • Massage the mixture into your hair.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic cap.
  • Let the conditioner sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it off and shampoo your hair.

You may use this deep conditioner once a week.

Additional Tips

  • You can use overripe bananas to prepare this hair conditioner. Why let those brown, squishy bananas go to waste when you can put them to good use!
  • Make sure the banana is pureed completely or bits of banana may get stuck in your hair and can be difficult to wash out.
  • If you use solid coconut oil, add some warm water to the mixture while blending.
  • If you find the smell of the mixture unpleasant, add a few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil, or rosemary oil. Aside from masking the odor, these oils also facilitate hair growth! You may also use rose water.

Resources:

  1. Kumar KPS, Bhowmik D. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Banana. Pharmacognosy Journal. http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/?year=2012&vol=1&issue=3&part=A&ArticleId=22. Published September 1, 2012.
  2. Dias MFRG. Hair Cosmetics: An Overview – PubMed Central (PMC). International Journal of Trichology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/. Published 2015.
  3. Al-Waili NS. Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. European Journal of Medical Research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11485891. Published July 30, 2001.

View Comments

  • Really it works.. but my problem is how to get rid of the banana that is sticking to my hair even after the wash. I need any easy tips pls.. help me out to check diz problem.

  • Works great but the bananas got stuck in my hair . I washed and mixed mayonnaise and some conditioner together and my hair turned out great.

  • Works great but I added in apple cider vinegar to the mix. The bananas got stuck in my hair so I washed again and then mixed some mayonnaise and conditioner together and combed through my hair rinsed out and my hair came out perfect. Will do again.

  • I simply put all ingredients into a Ziploc bag and smooth them out with a rolling pin. After all the ingredients are smooth, I cut one tip of the bag and used it to pipe on my hair .Less mess ,no stress.

  • I recently gave my hair a deep protein treatment and of course, followed with a deep moisturizing treatment, used a leave in conditioner, twisted my hair, secured it with my satin scarf and went to bed. Well the next morning, when I removed the scarf, my hair looked so dry and looked horrible!! (This was last week/, I My hair needed some serious moisture!!!!!!)
    I went searching for a Deep Hair Moisturizing Hair Treatment and ran across your site. I found this today (18 March 2018) and looked at all the ingredients and I had ALL of them! Since I cook with coconut oil, I also purchase the milk and creme for additional meals. I made this wonderful hair moisturizer; I used my blender, put the setting on puree and WOW! I tasted it and I liked the way it taste...I wonder. But anyway, I did the treatment, I sat under my hair dryer for about an hour and a half, let my hair cool down, shampooed (with my natural homemade Castile Tropical Shampoo); used my coconut oil to twist my hair and used Softee Styling Gel with Argan Oil on the ends and pinned my hair up and I am impressed! I prefer to make my own natural hair products and recently used and average store bought hair packets, (I won't do that again).
    After the shampoo, my hair was so soft and easy to detangle (my hair wasn't as tangled and separated nicely, I could run my fingers through my hair and there were no knots). I also noticed, no breakage! No hair was on the comb when I sectioned my hair! My hair was soft, smooth, felt great, looked great and I was very pleased with the overall appearance of my hair! THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!
    I didn't realize how much this great hair moisturizer makes! No problem, I went downstairs to the basement, retrieved a pint size canning jar, poured the contents into the jar, labeled and dated and placed in the refrigerator. I will check daily to ensure the mixture is still good to use. I like this, I plan to continue to do this at least once a week! My hair does get dry and I may have to moisturize more often. But this is simple, quick and I love this! My natural hair looks so healthy after one use! THANK YOU!!!!

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