Banana Hair Mask Recipes for Dry Hair

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

This is unheard of mashing up a banana or two and pouring the mush on your scalp? So, then what so smell like tropical fruit? Or are you supposed to join the banana republic? It seems like it would take a very long and arduous process to remove the bananas and the smell out of your hair. Bananas are good for eating not mashing up and putting into the hair. Besides, can they really help if you have a stick of dry hair. You know the kind that looks like you walked through a wind blown desert. Or what about dull hair? The kind that no matter how hard you try you cannot see your reflection in it. Ok, sow now that we have picked apart and scrutinized the banana hair mask from every angle. Let’s do some serious research and we will find out why banana hair masks really are so effective for dry and dull hair.

Banana that Dry and Dull Hair away

If you are tired of putting up with dry, dull, and lifeless hair than this banana hair mask is for you. Bananas are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and many other good things. To help liven and brighten those locks once again. Bananas have been used in hair masks by people. They report that their hair is shinier and smoother. One person said the banana hair mask almost turned her wavy hair completely straight. So, let’s give it a try.

1) Banana Hair Mask Ingredients

  • One ripe banana (two if you have long hair) The bananas should be ripe.
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • ½ cup of full-fat milk (you can also use coconut milk or yogurt)
  • One tablespoon of butter

There are two options for this particular hair mask:

First Recipe

Pick a ripe banana(s) and put it in a blender or you can use a stick blender. You need to get very ripe bananas for this recipe or it won’t work. Add milk,coconut oil or olive oil and blend until you get a very even consistency. You don’t want any banana chunks left in the paste. Plus if it’s creamy it will be a lot easier to rinse out of your hair.

Second Recipe

This recipe calls for banana puree out of the bottle. Open up the banana puree bottle and empty out the contents. Mix well and you are ready to go. You don’t have to blend this mixture and most likely there will be no banana chunks left in your hair.

How to Apply

  • Start applying the mask at the roots and working your way to the tips of your hair. Massage as much of the paste into your hair and scalp as you ca. You want to cover as much of your hair and scalp as possible. If you have long hair wind it into a bun.
  • Put a shower cap on or wrap a towel around your hair. You don’t want to drip banana paste all over the house.
  • Leave the paste in your hair for 30 minutes. While you wait for the 30 minutes read a book, watch some movies, or soak in a bath. (The author of this recipe soaked in a bath with sea salts and a few drops lavender essential oil for the 30 minutes.)
  • Rinse your hair very thoroughly and shampoo it as you normally do. Check to see how the hair feels because you may not need to condition it. If it’s soft and shiny enough.
  • Let your hair dry.
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Banana Residue

What do you mean banana residue? I don’t want banana chunks left in my hair. If you have banana chunks left in your hair. Follow this procedure to remove the banana chunks:

  • After you dry your towel with a hair and you see banana bits in it.
  • If you do see some it is probably because you didn’t blend the banana paste to a pure creamy consistency
  • Let your hair air dry until it’s about 90% dry
  • Untangle the hair with a wide tooth comb working from the ends up to the roots
  • Next, make sure you take a fine tooth comb and run it through until you remove all the banana chunks out of the hair
  • You will like the  super soft feel of the hair
  • Go ahead and give this banana hair mask a try

2) Deep Banana Hair Conditioner

Deep Banana Hair Conditioner

Get some ripe to overripe bananas (you know the ones that have turned black and look like they have been beaten up) milk, and coconut oil (and know you aren’t making a tropical smoothie) for a very effective and useful deep banana hair conditioner. This recipe is easy to carry out and will the hair smooth, silky, and rich looking. Your hair will look like you went to the salon and had a complete hair beauty treatment done. But only this treatment will be a lot faster and much more cost-effective. Bananas are rich in in potassium that strengthens hair, reduces hair breakage by restoring the hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates the repair of damaged hair. Bananas also moisturize hair because they contain natural oils and are 75% water. Strong, moisturized hair is less likely to tangle or develop frizzies.Bananas also contain an abundance of Vitamins, A, B6, C, and  E as well as zinc and iron.

The Bananas are the Base

This treatment also contains:

Coconut milk which loaded with antioxidants and fats. It conditions the hair, boosts hair volume, and fortifies your hair with proteins and oils.

Coconut Oil contains vitamin E and healthy fatty acids. It moisturizes your hair, encourages growth, adds shine, and reduces keratin loss. The lauric acid in coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties which prevent dandruff.

Honey has a natural humectant, helps hydrate the hair and lock in moisture. It’s rich in zinc, sulfur, iron, and B vitamins to help promote healthy hair growth.


  • A banana
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • A blender
  • A bowl
  • A tablespoon

How to Make it

  1. Cut the banana into pieces and place them into a bowl
  2. Add two tablespoons of coconut milk
  3. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil. If you need to add another tablespoon of coconut oil if your hair is dry and, frizzy,
  4. Mix in two tablespoons of honey
  5. Transfer the contents into a blender and blend for 45 to 60 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and there is no banana chunks left.

How to use it

  • Dampen your Hair
  • Massage the mixture into your hair  and cover your hair with a plastic cap
  • Leave it on at least for 30 minutes
  • Rinse your hair and shampoo it
  • Apply this treatment once a week

Some Great Tips

  • Use those brown overripe bananas to good use
  • Make sure the banana is completely pureed or you will have banana chunks stuck in your hair and they will be difficult to get out of your hair
  • If you use solid coconut oil , use warm water while blending
  • If the paste absolutely smells terrible to you then add some rose water, peppermint oil, lavender oil, or rosemary oil. This will dampen the sour smell and help to facilitate hair growth

3) Banana up That Dry Hair

Apply this banana hair mask once a week for bright and shiny hair. This will add loads of moisture to dry, dull, and flaky hair.

  1. Take one or two banana (depends on your hair length) and blend them to a creamy paste. If the pulp is too thick add a tablespoon of milk to it. The pulp should be smooth with no chunks or lumps in it. It should look like oatmeal. If you like you can add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Dampen your hair before applying this banana paste. Apply the mashed banana paste to your hair ends, scalp, and hair roots and hair.

You will save a lot of money using this treatment instead of using spa and salon treatments.


  • Banana moisturizing properties are beneficial for dry and rough hair
  • Bananas are rich in minerals and vitamins help strengthen damaged hair
  • It also gives the required moisture to hair, which helps in preventing breakage and split ends. Regular application of this banana mask will improve the overall health of your hair.
  • It may help with dandruff

4) The Beneficial Banana Hair Mask

Your hair will need an extra boost from time to time. Your hair will need a moisture boost from losing moisture  from curling, straightening, and blow drying. Well look no further than your kitchen for a very effective hair mask treatment-bananas.

Treatment One-Banana and Honey Hair Mask

  • Mash up a banana in a bowl and add 1-2 tablespoons of honey. You may want to add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract to the mix to sweeten up the smell of the banana paste.
  • Spread the banana paste throughout your hair. Especially rub this paste on the ends of your hair.
  • Leave it on for about fifteen minutes
  • Rinse out with warm water
  • You are done! It’s that simple

Treatment Two-Banana with Coconut Oil Hair Mask

  • Use this mask once a week for the best results
  • Mash a banana or two (again depending on the hair length) in a food processor. The food processor will produce a finer paste which will be easier to apply to the hair. Also, there is a reduced risk of having banana chunks left in your hair.
  • Add one or two tablespoons of  pure coconut oil
  • Apply the mixture in your hair. Wrap your hair to avoid a mess.
  • Rinse properly with shampoo and conditioner
  • Let it dry before you comb your hair

Reinforced Tips    

  • Bananas will work because the potassium fixes and strengthens damaged hair
  • Use this every week to get healthy, shiny hair
  • Make sure to brush or comb your hair through rinsing and conditioning afterwards, to get any bits of banana out of your hair. You may not want to go out in public with banana bits in your hair. It doesn’t seem plausible the banana look will be the vogue look in the near future
  • Wrap your hair in plastic wrap to avoid getting banana all over your surroundings

5) Banana Milkshake Anyone

Banana Milkshake

Supposedly, bananas are supposed to be one of the healthiest hair treatments around today. Let’s talk about a banana milkshake. No we aren’t going to run down to the local fast food shop and order a banana milkshake at drink it at our leisure. What we do is talk about how a banana milkshake can help promote shiny and healthy air.

According to some research done by Dr. Oz and his team they concluded that bananas were the best fruit for conditioning the hair. Bananas as we have discussed previously in this article; are high in potassium. Vitamin B, folate, and other properties that will really help your hair and may help with hair loss.

Milk is another ingredient people insist will benefit your hair greatly. It contains protein which is always healthy for the hair. It has lactic acid that will remove dead cells from your hair which may have left it dry, lifeless and looking like it’s drawing the final breath. Mix the two together into a milkshake and you will be giving your hair a major makeover. Your hair will look shinier, calmer and you will feel like you are sitting in the eye of a storm your hair will look so calm.

Banana Milkshake the kind you Always Wanted

  • 1-3 bananas depending on if you have really long and thick locks
  • Whole milk or coconut milk to help thin out the bananas
  • You may add some honey to the mix. This is optional
  • Cocoa powder, peach, or strawberries (again these are optional)

What to do

There are a few different options on how you can get the bananas into a pure mushy state. You can shake those bananas up with a food processor, stick blender, blender, or just put some good ole fashioned elbow grease into the mixture and stir it up. Whatever method you choose you want to make sure the banana mixture is as mushy as slime. No chunks allowed.

Next, sprinkle in some milk and be sure to monitor the consistency of the banana. You want to have the same consistency as any regular air conditioner would have. Once this is blended and smooth,it should be relatively runny, you can apply it to your hair. There are many other optional ingredients you can add to this milkshake. But we will cover the basic milkshake hair mask.

Application of  Banana Milkshake Hair Mask     

  • Start with dry hair and work over a sink or a bathtub
  • Consider this to be a good hair treatment if you were to take a stress-free bath. If you don’t take a bath then put a shower cap or a well wrapped towel over your head. Otherwise you will drip yourself right out of the house.
  • Massage as much of the mask as you can to the hair making sure you saturate the scalp and the hair.
  • Put on a shower cap or wrap the hair in a towel. (remember the worldwide dripping)
  • Leave this on for 15 to20 minutes (times may vary for your particular set of hair)
  • Wash your hair (Maybe you will need to condition your hair and maybe you don’t, you need to feel what your hair is like after you wash it) be sure you wash your hair thoroughly to get the banana milkshake smell out of the hair. You don’t want your hair smelling like a mildewed banana milkshake. (You will wonder why your family and people walking by you are plugging their noses.)
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labors

Homemade Beauty Tip

Don’t try this treatment 5 minutes before you have an important engagement. On days that you can experiment with this banana milkshake treatment until you get the right mixture for your hair. Also, when you have reached the right consistency that brings the desired results for your hair.

Optional Ingredients to add to the Banana Milkshake

  • Honey for moisturizing
  • Cocoa Powder another great moisturizing agent. This is great for brunettes and redheads who want to enhance their deep brown tones
  • Strawberries for extremely (and I mean extremely) light red shades which will not last past the second hair wash. They are wonderful for clarifying
  • Peaches for soft, delicate, broken hair. These are great for blondes who want to soften the brassiness in their hair
  • Strong green tea  which is great for clarifying. It’s great for any hair type.


There you have it a different take on curing dry and dull hair. Using a banana hair mask indifferent forms and with different ingredients. Remember to blend or stir the banana paste until it is in a slimy state. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hair after the treatment. You don’t want to smell like a human banana. Comb any leftover banana chunks out of your hair. Try to get the banana paste as soft as you can so there will be no banana chunks or lumps left in the paste. The bottom line is apparently banana hair masks work wonders in repairing dry and dull-looking hair. Try it and see what you think

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.