Health Is Beauty

Deliciousness for Your Hair




I just made the best hair mask ever! My locks get seriously dry in the summer (moreso because I’m a swimming fiend, in and out of salt water, pools, lakes– basically anything deeper than my knees qualifies for swimming in) and my usual extra-strength conditioner is not doing the trick at all.

I had half an old avocado browning away in the fridge and instead of composting it, I scraped it into a bowl, added about a tablespoon of honey and mushed it all up together. I left it on my hair for about a half an hour (while I was blogging away) and rinsed it off in the shower, shampooed, and conditioned as usual. Warning: you may have to pick avocado out of the drain unless you have smoothified it in the mixing step.

My hair is so happy! Way softer, smoother, and generally feeling all happy and not-so-parched. So easy, cheap, and since I used an organic avocado, pretty darn Earth-friendly.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.