I Ate 2 Avocados a Day to See If it Would Improve My Hair

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Desperate for answers and at the end of my fraying rope, I've frantically bombarded our wellness editor for advice. Every time I see her, her hair is longer, stronger-looking, and more beautiful than before. I would admit to unadulterated jealousy if it didn't go against all my women-supporting-women morals. Her advice? Avocados. Yes, really. She told me about her plant-based diet (one I've tried to adhere to for a week) and how rich it is in healthy fats.

Benefits of Avocado for Hair

I also did a little research. A 2013 study concluded that in the context of a healthy diet, avocado consumption can fit into a full range of healthy eating plans, as it houses significant levels of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, and vitamin B6.

Incorporate fatty acids into your diet to encourage hair growth, prevent hair loss and breakage, and reduce scalp inflammation.

In an attempt to get the most out of avocados as I possibly could, I decided to eat two full avocados every day for two weeks to see if it made any difference. At this point, what did I have to lose? I was already losing more hair than usual in the shower and would try anything to get it to stop.

What to Expect When Eating Avocado for Hair

As an avocado-toast devotee, I couldn't have found this challenge easier. But the lunch item isn't exactly wallet-friendly. Most toasts in New York ring up at about $12 to $15 a pop, and I try to cut back on costs throughout the day. So, instead, I bought the avocados at the grocery store and made my own.

After a week of eating my daily dose of healthy fats, I was feeling good. Certainly, my diet had become healthier in nature. Instead of indulging in Chinese takeout and cheeseburgers, I was preparing healthy meals rich in nutrients. I made avocado-topped salads, avocado toast, whole avocado dipped in balsamic and olive oil, and even a brunch-special splurge on avocado-heavy huevos rancheros. But did it do anything for my sad, sad hair? I had to give it another week to be sure.

After a full 14 days on my avocado diet, I can't say I noticed a huge influx of actual hair growth (that'd be crazy, I suppose), but I saw a massive difference in the shininess, softness, and manageability of my curls. Rather than its usual straw-like feel, my hair was cashmere soft, and I could (for the first time in a long time) run my fingers straight through it. It bounced in a way it never had before, and air-drying it was a breeze. That, plus the sheen my hair emitted, was practically highlighter-worthy—an invention I came up with while looking at it in the mirror. Would you buy a hair luminizer? Because I would.

The Final Takeaway

In the end, my hair feels stronger, less brittle, super soft, and endlessly shiny. Is it longer? Maybe by a centimeter, but I'm happy with the shockingly visible results either way. I'm going to keep consuming two avocados a day until my hair looks like Victoria's. Those are the results I'm manifesting.

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