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my banana conditioner review

Avatar • Feb 19, 2009

so i tried my banana/coconut conditioner last night… and i’ll start by saying that i spent 3 hours picking banana particles out of my napps… yeh, this isn’t going to be a good review.

so, you know, i did my bentonite wash, and gathered the ingredients for my conditioner — i picked up a banana, bit off a piece, dumped it into the blender, picked up a second banana, bit off a piece, momentarily regretted that i was using banana for hair instead of food, and dumped it in the blender. then i added coconut milk (which had frozen into a thick cream thanks to my landlord’s refusal to turn up the heat… thanks jerk!), coconut oil, olive oil and yogurt.

and then i blended it , i swear i did — ‘pureed’ to be exact. and it looked creamy and well-mixed. i poured it into a bowl, but right before i applied it to my hair i just, i just had a moment where i kinda freaked out about putting food in my hair. everything smelt like banana, and i kinda, you kno, blanked out for a second. but i got over it, put the mix in my hair, and waited for two hours.

i then rinsed out the conditioner and i gotta say, my hair was definitely soft, my coils well defined. and i was impressed… for about two minutes. because then they started to appear … little teeny cream-colored specks… everywhere!

***disclaimer.. do not try anything i do from this point on. it is NOT recommended***

so for another hour, i tried picking these things out… first with my hands (bad), then with a fine tooth comb (even worse)… then i came up with a ‘bright’ idea. i decided to apply bentonite to my hair to give it some slip so that i could a.) pick out the banana and b.) detangle and put in a new set of box braids.

so i dragged my banana-encrusted, bentonite-infused head in front of the TV, and got to work.

i cannot express to you how dirty i felt… inside. as the bentonite/banana mix caked up beneath my fingernails. but i finished two hours later, and rinsed my hair out.

are there still some teeny banana particles in my head? probably. but i’m not going to think about that. i’m going to put on a brave face, keep doing bentonite rinses, and hope for the best.

this whole experience really freaked me out. i mean, i’ve put natural ingredients like bentonite and castor oil in my hair before, but this is the first time i put all-out food, like… straight muffin batter… in my hair.

had i been more careful with the banana perhaps i wouldn’t feel this way. but this whole experience taught me a benefit of manufactured products: um, they’re not food. they don’t have the consistency of food. they don’t smell like food. they don’t look like food. and i’mma be real… i want that in my life right now.

my horrific experience aside, if you have a strategy to combat the banana, i would recommend this as a conditioner. i mean i think it would be good even if you skipped the banana and just did the coconut oil/coconut milk/yogurt trifecta.

but as for me and my hair, we’re pullin out of banana/coconut station, and cruising (again) for the next best thing.

Winners
yogurt
coconut milk/coconut oil

Losers
banana

Next Contenders
well.… i think i’m going to look for a manufactured deep conditioner (i can hear Jc rejoicing now…), and combine it with some natural products.

Next hair take-down day
Mar. 11

okay, i DEFINITELY want to hear your thoughts on this…
also, is there anyone out there who has had a good banana conditioning experience?

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Nicole
Nicole
11 years ago

If you ever need to get particles out of your hair: try taking a boar bristle brush or something similar, pull a section of old tights or stockings over the brush and brush your hair. You basically end up with a hairbrush encased in stockings. I can’t say that I’ve used it to get out, but it definitely does pick up any dust/dead skin/lint particles that are present on your head and in your hair. Hope that helps some. I love bananas, but I have an aversion to them if I’m not eating them because of their weird sometimes squishy consistency,… Read more »

AGrlCanMAC
AGrlCanMAC
11 years ago

See that’s the exact reason why I’ve stayed away from adding bananas to my dc’s. LOL. Coconut cream and yogurt are def keepers in my dc concoctions.

Moni
Moni
11 years ago

I TOLD you to use some baby food banana! Folks, just don’t wanna listen! J/k! :p It sucks that you had to pick all the particles out of your hair. Please the babyfood banana before you give it up for good. It’s just pureed banana with natural citric acid added as a preservative. You get all of the fantastic moisturizing action without the nasty particles and it’s dirt cheap (less than a buck per bottle).

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

@ Moni… no, you’re right. i didn’t listen. actually i forgot when i went to pick up the bananas at the grocery store. *sigh* i won’t give up on bananas completely. but i gotta admit… i’m pretty scarred. i couldn’t even, like, look at my bananas this morning… i was too disgusted.

okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration… but only slight

Moni
Moni
11 years ago

Lol, it’s all good. I don’t even eat bananas (in fact, I hate them), but I love the banana hair conditioner.

Lita
Lita
11 years ago

i never had this problem, though I did use it as a pre-poo and shampooed it all out. I think Avocado was th emain component of my last similar adventure…

Runway Coilz & Curvez
Runway Coilz & Curvez
11 years ago

I had a similar experience. Except I did a mix of yoghurt, coconut cream and milk (just like in the video with the mother and the daughter on youtube).  Anyways I let it in for a few hours and I got it out and later wash it out.When I got in front of the mirror I was tottaly disgusted with what I saw. My hair was full with little white particles (from the coconut cream).….(My hair did feel soft but no loosen curl/kink pattern, I am a 4a/b).What I did to get it out was to use an afro pick.… Read more »

Valerie
Valerie
11 years ago

BGLH, I’m sorry to hear about your banana debacle! I co-sign with Moni though…don’t give it up just yet until you try baby food bananas! BTW, I’m a new reader but you have some great info, thanks 🙂

msjaim
msjaim
11 years ago

I havent don a deep conditoning W/ bananas in a while. I may revisit this weekend since I “plan” on coloring my hair.…

Jc
Jc
11 years ago

lol!! Hey I’m supposed to be submitting a paper so I was avoiding this blog like the plague because it is so addictive but something said I had to come back and now I see why!!

I’m sorry you had to pick the banana out of your hair. I encourage all experimenting. I personally like the manufactured stuff. I don’t disagree with mixing stuff up but because I know hair wants three things (moisture, oil and a little protein), I think I’ll eat the banana instead. Truthfully you would probably transport more of its goodness to your hair by eating it.

lilone
lilone
11 years ago

I did the saaaame thing a week ago. No amount of blending was gonna be enough for my avocado AND banana catastrophe. My hair came out all shiny and defined with all these coilies that never seemed to show before. Then I did my bentonite wash over it. And feeling like it was all clean, I tried to style it. I conditioned and rinsed and detangled my hair for about 3 days til it was really all gone.  Tried to repeat that condish w/ baby food last night because I really did love the effects, so we’ll see how it goes… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

i have done the banana thing and the only difference was I used a sieve to strain the mixture. There were no particles in my hair, so maybe that will work for you as well.

Jai
Jai
11 years ago

I’m sorry but I had to laugh because I remember going through something similar when I did it. I will definitely take Moni’s advise and use the babyfood(bananas) the next time.

Frederick
Frederick
11 years ago

Hello! Coconut oil for hair conditioning? Absolutely!

Actually, long before it was discovered to possess incredible antimicrobial properties capable of killing even the HIV virus (AIDS), coconut oil was already busy giving countless communities healthy and beautiful hair AND skin as well. Just my two cents.

Cheers,
CoconutOilGuy
http://www.coconut-oil-central.com
Your Drugstore in a Bottle

Kcurly
Kcurly
11 years ago

I echo the other comments about using baby bananas. The firs time I did a caramel treatment, I used regular bananas and like you was picking bits and pieces out of my hair. 

I LOVED my hair when I used the baby food, very moisturized. 

And bananas are yummy too!:P

Dwana
Dwana
11 years ago

Sorry to hear about your experience with the ‘nanas. I did mine last night and LOVED IT. I planned on blogging about it sometime soon. I used my ripest ‘nana (big brown) in the kitchen. No problems, I promise!Look my husband and I are foodies so IF you decided to give this another chance, try to chop the ‘nana, a slowly add it to your chopper, mixer, blender while adding your yogurt or oil. Slowly, though. Uses a rubber spatula to test the consistency as you go along. Sister Moni is right about the Gerber banana. I couldn’t use it… Read more »

BoomHype
BoomHype
11 years ago

I must say i agree with the Anonymous poster, who said to use a sieve. I had a disaster involving a Lush product that left hundreds of coconut shavings in my hair which took days to remove. After that experience, I pureed it, and squeezed it through 2 sheets of cheese cloth. That, my dear, might work for you.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I once made a conditioner by blending avocado, banana and some honey. I strained it before use, and it gave me very defined curls, but was a bit too liquid for my taste.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I use the same recipe but with molasses instead of honey and coconut cream instead of milk. It works great for me. It’s all about the cleansing step to get all the banana out and how well it is pureed. It you get it to be completely smooth with no chunks are pieces you won’t get any in the end.

natty
natty
11 years ago

I used something similar to what other posters here are suggesting. I got the banana, honey, and avocado recipe from a blog called Texture Playground. It worked really well! It does have to go into a blender first to get ultra smooth. I didn’t have any banana left afterwards and my hair had so much bling it wasn’t funny. I loved it!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I did this about a week ago, and I feel that I just might have some banana left in my hair to this day!!! I also had the same fiasco conditioning my hair with raw egg, not following the direction to rinse with COOL water…I cooked the aforementioned egg in my hair, and spent a weekend brushing the scramble out!!!! Good luck on your bananas, I opted out of using those again..But, my hair is still super glossy, and the curls were the business! Thanks for the post!

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10 years ago

exemplary work. You have gained a new reader. I hope you can keep up the good work and I await more of your absorbing posts.

GoddessRukaya
10 years ago

I have tears in my eyes from reading these comments! I am new to the fro and as difficult as it has been to keep my hair mosterized, I love it! Like all of you guys I am will to put food in my hair to maintain the “soft puffy” look. I never thought of bananas but I have used coconut oil. Honestly it worked great at first then it just seem to sit on top of my hair. My hair is driving me nuts! I began this natural hair journey with a friend and mine and she just relaxed… Read more »

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