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Could Bananas Be the Secret Ingredient to Better Hair? An Expert Weighs In

Can bananas benefit your hair? This is a question that has been on our minds for quite some time now. We’ve seen a rise in banana-based haircare products being touted all over the internet, so we were curious to know more about the hair benefits of the fruit.

We reached out to Dr. Rachel Nazarian, an assistant clinical professor Mount Sinai Hospital, to discuss how bananas can benefit your strands. She even weighed in on which hair types should avoid the fruit and the best banana products for your tresses. Keep scrolling to read her expertise!

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Can bananas benefit your hair?

Dr. Nazarian mentions that bananas can work wonders for your hair. This is because the fruit “contains conditioning ingredients that work to improve hair hydration through their natural oils and carbohydrates.”

Dr. Nazarian also points out how bananas are rich in vitamin B, potassium, and antioxidants, which can “offer protection against free-radical damage caused by pollution, sunlight, and other stressors that weaken and breakdown hair.”

What is the best way to use bananas to reap their hair benefits?

The natural oils of bananas are where you’ll find the most benefits. You can reap all they have to offer by eating bananas and applying them directly to your strands.

“[A banana’s] natural oils are great for applying to hair and their nutritional value make it a great source of vitamins needed for hair health,” Dr. Nazarian says.

However, she wants to make it clear that you can’t achieve all the hair benefits you need strictly from the fruit.

“Healthy hair requires fats and proteins, among other vitamins and minerals, so enjoy your bananas, but make them only a part of your comprehensive diet plan,” she shares.

Are there any hair types that should avoid using bananas?

Often, things can aid in promoting healthy hair, but the benefits don’t apply to everyone. Dr. Nazarian ensures that isn’t the case with bananas

“Thankfully, most hair types can tolerate using bananas for their hair,” she notes.

Still, those with latex allergies should be careful with using bananas on their hair.

“Those with a latex allergy may want to proceed with caution, as some people have noticed cross-sensitivity to applying bananas on their skin or hair,” Dr. Nazarian warns.

How often should bananas be used to help your hair?

Dr. Nazarian shares that those with normal or dry hair types can safely apply bananas to their strands once a week without issues. Those with thin, oily, or fine hair should use bananas in their haircare routines less frequently.

“Those hair types should be more cautious when using bananas, because overuse of their natural oils can weigh down hair,” Dr. Nazarian says.

Which banana haircare products do you recommend?

Dr. Nazarian recommends Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask from The Body Shop and Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana for banana-based haircare products.

Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask from The Body Shop
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Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana
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She also points out that a DIY mask is just as effective. Dr. Nazarian even shared her go-to recipe with us.

“Take a ripe banana (the riper the better) and mash with a fork. Mix with a quarter teaspoon of coconut oil (if you want extra hydration). Leave on damp hair for five minutes, then wash off in the shower,” she says.

Another fruit that has been quite the topic of conversation recently is coconut. Many swear by coconut oil, while others point out how it drys their strands. We asked an expert why coconut oil works for some and not for others. Read what they had to share HERE!

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