Oh-So-Yummy Dark Chocolate Hair Conditioning Treatment
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 31, 2017 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Hair-Healthy Foods and Recipes
Dark Chocolate! While we’ve discussed the many benefits of dark chocolate + hair health before, we wanted to share a dark chocolate hair conditioning treatment mask recipe from Karen Marie Shelton of HairBoutique.com. Warning: It’s SO GOOD you may just want to eat it!
Chocolate Conditioning Hair Mask Recipe
- 1 very ripe small to medium sized banana (depending on your hair length and fullness) for easy mashing at room temperature
- Use a metal fork
- 1 tablespoon of natural honey at room temperature
- 2-4 small squares of dark chocolate (we recommend organic + fair trade chocolate that has as least 70 percent cocoa content and unsweetened)*
- Microwave or double boiler
Peel banana and place into a ceramic or glass baking dish. Use the fork to mash the banana into a paste consistency.
Melt the dark chocolate until it is the consistency of a thick liquid. If you melt the chocolate in the microwave, be sure to use a very low setting to avoid burning. Pour the melted chocolate into the banana paste. Add a few drizzles of honey.
Mix well with a fork until all the ingredients are blended together.
Make sure the mixture is not too hot to touch. When warm but not hot, use fingertips to test on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot but is still warm.
When the mixture is ready, apply with fingertips to the middle and end sections of your dry, detangled hair. Do not apply to root area to avoid adding excess oils near the scalp. After the mask is applied, wrap with plastic wrap or a large towel. The advantage of plastic wrap is that will hold in heat from your head and help the cuticle to slightly open and absorb more of the mixture.
Leave the mask on your hair for up to 1 hour, or longer if you desire.
To Remove The Mask:
Unwrap your hair. Use your fingers to remove the bulk of the mask and discard to avoid clogging up the drains. Try to remove as much of the mask as possible before getting your hair wet.
Get your hair wet with lukewarm (NOT HOT) water. Use a diluted form of shampoo and drizzle shampoo down over your head. Pat the suds into your strands.
Rinse the shampoo well. Apply a rinse out conditioner from the ears down. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse well. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse. Towel blot, detangle and if possible, air dry. If you decide to blow dry, use a heat protection product. Style as desired and viola….you have shiny, conditioned hair.
Since this is messy, apply the hair mask on while standing in the bathtub or standing on some clean old towels.
* Note: You may substitute cocoa powder for the melted chocolate but will not get the same aromatherapy and softening benefits as with the melted dark chocolate. Do NOT use any type of chocolate but cocoa powder or dark chocolate.
Here’s to healthy (and delicious smelling) hair!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan