In hopes of transforming my rather dry hair into lustrous Kardashian-esque locks, I decided to trial Kourtney Kardashian’s POOSH avocado hair mask… And as it turns out – it’s hard to ~keep up~ with the Kardashians.
Ever wondered how Kourtney Kardashian’s tresses are always so shiny and lush? Well, according to her wellness website POOSH, one of her hair secrets (apart from the ones she isn’t publicly sharing) is the mighty avo.
Yep, not only does the eldest KK love an avocado smoothie every morning as a part of her breakfast, she also uses it in her hair.
Now I am not usually a fan of avocados, but I am a fan of glossy hair, so I thought, why not? If it’s good enough for Kourt, it’s good enough for me.
As any road tester knows a before pic is needed:
And while I was road testing, I thought I’d trial some of nature’s other dryness busters – olive oil, banana, yogurt and mayonnaise (yes, you read that correctly) to see how they measure up. Here are my all-important findings…
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After researching far and wide about natural hair treatments, I thought I’d ease into the natural hair conditioning process by using one of the most common – a warm natural oil.
While there are quite a range of options from: coconut, almond, castor, corn and jojoba, I chose olive oil because (well it was in my pantry) and it freaked me out the least.
I warmed up the oil as instructed (which FYI takes like one second) and then proceeded to massage the oil into my hair while also trying to convince myself that my hair didn’t smell like the dinner. (I had cooked using this oil the previous evening.)
The process was a tad messier than expected (possibly because of my very primitive application method: my hand) and after it was applied, I was left with what looked like hair that hadn’t been washed in about three months.
Fast forward 45 minutes and my olive oil hair infusion was complete. I then washed it out and allowed my hair to dry naturally.
Rating: 6/10. While my hair felt reasonably soft, I wouldn’t say I saw a huge improvement.
Kourt’s avocado hair mask
With one treatment under my belt, and a bit more confidence about lathering my hair with ingredients I’d usually consume, I decided I’d try KK’s go-to avocado hair mask.
Kourtney’s hair stylist, Andrew Fitzsimons describes avocado is a natural detangler,“it coats the hair with this very fine oil that will help you, comb through your hair, with no tangles.”
He also says that some of the other ingredients of this mask, like olive oil and lemon are great for scalp issues and protecting your hair from heat and colouring treatments. After reading this, I thought it was all sounding pretty good, plus if Kourtney refers to the mask as her go-to, how can it go wrong? (Cue ironic laugh.)
I mashed up the ingredients: one and a half avos, two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of Manuka honey and half a lemon into an interesting chunky paste concoction (what I refer to as the ‘Shona Avocado Chunky Hair Stew’, because yes, I should have used a blender) and again with my trusty hand applicator smeared it into my hair.
With literal avocado chunks falling from my hair with every move I made, I endeavoured to remain as still as possible for the remainder of the 20 minute treatment time.
Despite Kourtney’s glowing review, once my hair was washed and dried, it did not feel moisturised at all… (I also then had to clean all of the avo chunks from my shower.)
Rating: 0/10. I think there’s a reason you don’t actually see her with it in her hair (just sayin).
This treatment was simple and easy to prep because it is literally one mashed up banana.
This time though I chose to blitz and not mash, in order to get a pastier paste than my attempt with the avocado mask recipe (this was a success).
When applying the banana treatment to my hair, it seemed to absorb into the hair much better than my previous fruit paste and was definitely not be as chunky. There was however, something a little off putting about the smell of banana wafting from your hair.
After the hour (yes hour) of my hair marinating in banana I jumped into the shower to wash the mixture out with “lukewarm water” (as per the instructions). This was the point where I realised banana was messy, much messier than avocado. My shower was literally covered in little chunks of banana that I was combing out of my hair, so much so that it looked like he infamous shower scene from Psycho but with banana instead of blood.
After a good ten minutes of washing the banana out and exiting the shower, as I glanced in the mirror, I found that half of the mixture was still there. So back in I got, and this process repeated itself about five times until about 90 per cent of the banana was gone. The other ten percent managed to itch my scalp for the days after while my hair did not reap any obvious benefits.
Rating: -100/10. So, another failure. DON’T DO IT.
As I looked down at the two other hair treatments I had on my list: egg and mayonnaise mix, and yoghurt… I knew it was time to re-think and cut my losses. While the oils and veggies had been a messy failure, at least there was no risk of curdled dairy product in my hair. Mission aborted.
Shona Hendley is a freelance writer and ex-secondary school teacher. You can follow her on Instagram.