Natural Hair Notes: Baby Banana Food Deep Conditioner

1.31.2011


Before anything I would like to remind everyone that my New Year Giveaway ends today! So make sure you enter if you have not had the chance to. I will announce the winner this week!

Now off to the hair stuff.....
My first Homemade Deep Conditioner of the month, since going cone free, was truly fabulous and left me with soft, shiny and tangle free hair. Bananas always leaves my hair with lovely results. Banana chunks in the hair, well no too lovely and can get annoying at times. And besides I always end up eating my banana stash  by the time wash day comes around. So for a while I have been meaning to try banana baby food as a substitute. I hear so much about it on the hair boards so I figured I finally get around to it. So while at the supermarket I picked up 2 baby banana food jars, 50 cents each.

This can be a great Deep Conditioner for all types of hair, especially dry damaged, curly types like me.

---------- What I Used----------



Chiquita Baby Banana food- Moisturizers, Strengthens and Softens hair 

Honey- Natural Humectant, Moisturizes, Provides Shine

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil- Conditions hair, Provides shine, prevents hair loss and smells wonderful



In a bowl simply pour your baby banana food. (It was actually really nice being in the baby section..... So many cute stuff!)


Back to the subject... Pour your honey, I used about a tablespoon.....



I typically use regular bananas but sometimes I don't want to use and clean up my hand mixer. Eventhough I don't mind it terribly, banana chunks in the hair can be a problem...... this turned out much easier.


I then added 5 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil. I have used Ylang Ylang many times in pre-shampoo oil treatments, in my not so good Deep conditioners, and find that it always leaves my hair ultra soft and silky.


And these were the results... A very creamy Deep Conditioner. I was very pleased to see how creamy this was and the scent was amazing too.

----------The Results----------




For some reason I decided to just apply the deep conditioner on dry hair. I typically do my deep conditioners on wet hair but this time I detangled first. It wasn't a really good I idea to detangle on dry hair but I slowly and very carefully did.....with minimal damage I hope.


This is what I had left.. It really wasn't that much. Considering I had my hair in curls and a brush or detangling comb never touched my hair it for that whole week. This was about a week's worth of my hair shedding so it really was not that bad compared to other times.

So after all that, I finally applied my concoction and was very pleased with how soft my hair felt with this Baby Banana food Deep Conditioner. I left it in for about 2 hours with a plastic cap while I cleaned and blogged around the house.


After rinsing the deep conditioner out, I followed up with Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner. I then spritz my hair with my beloved Aloe Vera / Rose Water MIX as a leave in and air dried.




I did not dry my hair completely, instead I decided to use my Bee Mine Balancing Cream, sealing the moisture with Grapeseed oil and braided my hair into a ponytail while slightly damp.


These were the results the next  morning. I again spritz my hair with my Aloe/Rosewater mist and styled it to the side and off I went for the day.



This is how it behaved most of the day. A lot of shine and softness and not to mention the scent.





My hair stayed moisturized for most of the day. Toward the evening my beat up ends were frizzing up a bit but overall it was a good curly hair day.

 Baby Banana food truly came through and I definitely will stock up on a few more of these, switching my ingredients up as I go along. The great thing about it that it's a very versatile ingredient in which you can mix and match to suit your hair's needs.

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