Easiest DIY Ever: The Banana Hair Mask

Because you weren't actually going to use that brown banana to make bread. C'mon.
Publish date:
June 4, 2013
How-To, DIY, hair masks, frizz, fine hair, bananas

I was born in the '80s, so I grew up surrounded by big hair. Jem, Barbie, Smurfette--even my favorite dolls and cartoons were in on-trend.

Meanwhile, my thin, limp hair has always been a bit on the pathetic side.

When I was a kid, my mom would perm the hell out of my hair and cut it into unflattering shapes, hoping to get it to do something more than just lay there. Most of the time, it just ended up looking even worse than when we started.

I've mostly come to terms with the sad fact that I will never have big, glamorous hair. Still, I occasionally dabble with new hairstyles and products, hopeful that if I could just figure out the right cut, the right color, the right styling product, maybe my hair will totally transform into something completely different.

For the most part, the more dramatic transformations end up being horrible mistakes. For example, a couple weeks ago I gave myself bangs on a whim. Bad idea, unless nerdy adolescent was the look I was going for. (It wasn't.)

For now, at least until my latest hair mistake grows out, I've restricted myself to only trying out things that are less permanent--like hair masks.

A couple days ago, I decided to try out a DIY banana hair mask. Not only do you only need one ingredient, but it's also a great way to use up old bananas if you're not into baking.

I did some research and found out that Dr. Oz actually recommended banana hair masks on his show a couple years ago. Unfortunately, according to some random angry people on the internet, not everyone mashed up the bananas enough, and they got chunks stuck in their hair for days. Oops.

After reading all that, I didn't have high expectations, so I was actually pleasantly surprised when I had good results.

So here's what you'll need to gather up:

  • overripe banana
  • towel
  • shower cap
  • blender


First of all, make sure you choose an old banana with brown spots. The mushier the better, as long as it hasn't started to smell bad.

Next, throw the banana into the blender and turn it into liquid. Seriously, don't get lazy here. You don't want any chunks, unless you want to join the hoards of Dr. Oz's ex-fans who probably still haven't gotten that banana gunk out of their hair. So blend it until it's completely smooth, and then blend it a bit more, just to make sure.


Wrap the towel around your shoulders because it's about to get pretty messy. If you're fancy, you could probably apply the mask with a spatula or something, but I just gooped it on with my hands.

I concentrated the banana goop on the ends of my hair, and then worked it to about ear-level. My scalp is pretty oily, so it really doesn't need any extra moisture there. (Yes, I know, hairstylists always tell me oily skin is just thirsty skin, blah, blah, blah. You do what works for you, but moisture at my roots just makes my hair gross.)


Apply the shower cap, cover everything up with a towel and relax for about 30 minutes. This would be a good time to grab a book and take a bubble bath. Even with the cap and towel, the mask was still pretty messy, so you probably don't want to be running around the house.


Finally, rinse out the banana mask with water. Afterward, I just shampooed and conditioned as usual.

I didn't have any trouble removing the banana from my hair, and it came out nice and smooth after the treatment, with less frizz than usual. And unlike other moisturizing treatments, the banana mask didn't weigh my thin hair down at all.

Oh, and it made my hair smell like bananas! (I guess it's up to you on whether that's a pro or con.)

Have you tried a banana hair mask? Any other single-ingredient hair treatments?