By LeafTV Editor

Bananas are a must for your morning routine, and not just for the kick they add to your smoothie. Bananas are a natural humectant -- they help preserve moisture -- and will nourish and gently cleanse hair. A banana treatment will work for all hair types, particularly dry, damaged, or frizzy locks. Grab an extra banana after breakfast and whip up some homemade banana shampoo.

Closeup of half-peeled banana with a fork in mashed puree
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How To Make Banana Shampoo


Place the banana in a bowl, and use a fork to mash it up completely. Use a ripe banana for best results.

Pour 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey into the bowl. Use a spoon to thoroughly mix them with the banana. Coconut oil will attract impurities while providing additional moisture. Honey, like banana, is a natural humectant.

Place a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothing. Coat your dry hair with the shampoo from root to tip.

Pull on a shower cap to keep the shampoo in place while it sinks in. Concentrate on mid-length through to the ends, to avoid weighing down your roots. Leave it in your hair for five minutes, and rinse completely with lukewarm water.

Work a quarter-sized amount of your regular shampoo into the root of your hair. Rinse it through the lengths of your hair to remove any buildup from the homemade shampoo. Use a lightweight shampoo to avoid stripping your hair of the banana's conditioning benefits.


To use the mixture as a deep conditioning treatment, rotate a blow dryer over the shower cap on low heat for three minutes to help it sink in.