Home Spa Day – Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Winter is a time for me to regroup, do research and experiment with new ideas.¬† This winter is no exception.¬†¬†Since the first of the year, I’ve been¬†testing all kind of things for possible new product lines¬†and launching new projects (this blog is one of those projects!).

The biggest¬†project¬†is the renovation and conversion of my green house into a commercial aquaponic operation.¬† I’ve hired a start up company call Fresh Farm Aquaponics¬†¬†to¬†install the system and teach me¬†how to use it.¬† More on them¬†and the new¬†system in¬†upcoming posts.

My other projects include expanding my all natural herbal soap line and developing a new specialty line of spa soaps using minerals from around the world.¬†¬†I’m really excited about my new line and will be rolling that out soon.¬† Finally,¬†with the help of my friend Elyse, we are busy testing and developing¬†recipes using micro greens, herbs and other¬†produce that¬†I grown here on the farm with the hopes of publishing a cookbook¬†in the coming year.¬† Just make me another pot of coffee please, I need something to keep me afloat….AHHH!

 

Giada De Laurentiis

I recently purchased Giada De Laurentiis’ newest cookbook “Giada Feel Good: My healthy recipes and secrets”¬† While looking through her cookbook, I came across the section about¬†hair (page 198).¬† She talks about¬†home natural beauty treatments for her dry hair.¬† She discusses several of her treatments but one¬†caught my eye and I had to give it a try…on my daughter.

For those of you that don’t know,¬†my daughter Katie has severe Cerebral Palsy.¬† She suffered a stroke¬†the¬†last few weeks of¬†our pregnancy and no one knew it until 3 months later when her Pediatrician, on a hunch that something wasn’t right, referred us to a specialist for an evaluation – our world was changed forever.¬†¬†Needless to¬†say, the news¬†that our beautiful daughter¬†had significant brain damage was devastating for our family.

She is now¬†seventeen years old¬†and years of harsh medications and several major surgeries¬†have¬†taken¬†their toll on her body.¬† Katie is currently on a cocktail of seizure drugs and a few other medications for other organ problems¬†and it’s¬†affecting her hair.¬† Her hair is dry as a bone and she has serious split ends.¬† One drug side effect makes her hair thin out, which is a problem.¬† So when I saw Giada’s home recipes for dry hair I got excited and knew I had to try it on my Katie!

 

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Just two ingredients are needed – 1 small avocado and a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil.¬† Since Katie’s hair was so dry, I used 1/2 cup.

 

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I cut the avocado into pieces, added the olive oil into my blender…

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I blended it into a nice green paste.¬† It will be thick and I thought about adding more oil (or water) to thin it out but decided not to.¬† I didn’t want to change anything and follow Giada’s recipe as¬†written in her book.

 

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I started on the top of Katie’s head and scalp and worked it in all the way to the ends of her hair¬†using the entire mixture.

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Giada then¬†puts a¬†shower cap over her hair and leaves it in for 10 – 20 minutes.¬† I didn’t¬†have a shower cap so I used plastic wrap instead –¬†worked like a charm.¬† She also states that¬†you may¬†need to wash your hair more than once to get all the oil and avocado residue out.

So I set the timer for 10 minutes, put Katie in the bath tub and gave her a bath.¬† After 10 minutes,¬†I rinsed and washed her hair like I normally do, including adding conditioner.¬† I was surprised only 1 washing was needed – that told me Katie’s hair was really dry and¬†absorbed all¬†those good nutrients.¬† ¬†After the final rinse, I could tell right away Katie’s hair FELT¬†softer and healthier. I was getting excited but still¬†needed to hold my enthusiasm for the final test – combing out her hair (her hair is always full of tangles)¬†and seeing how it felt when¬†dry.¬† Would it feel greasy because I didn’t wash all the oily residue out?

 

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A few hours later, her hair was dry and what a difference!  It felt so soft, it felt moisturized and healthy and what a shine!  I also noticed her split ends looked pretty good.

Katie before after

Here is the¬†before and after pictures – the lighting¬†isn’t exactly the same but either way¬†you can definitely see a difference.¬†¬†Even combing her hair out a day later was easier and tangles were¬†easier to manage than before.

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I give this¬†natural home spa treatment my highest rating –¬†Three¬†Happy Faces!!!!!¬† It was easy to create and the¬†results were far beyond my expectations!¬† I will be giving Katie this treatment once a month going forward.¬† Thank you Giada for sharing your¬†hair secrets with us. This recipe really works!