In the Still Room: Bananas for Hair Care


Very few products have earned the right to be called a staple within my hair care arsenal. It has been 6 months since I’ve added a new player to my first string (wheat germ oil was the last), but here’s my first round draft pick—bananas!  A few spoonfuls of pureed bananas will really boost a deep hair conditioner.

The banana is a well-known beauty “secret”, but I hadn’t paused long enough to give it a try. Then I came across a clip from an old epi of Dr Oz.  While I can take him in only in small doses, I do consider him a credible source.  In the show, Dr. Oz talks about the age of your hair versus your real age.  Dr. Oz tasked top scientists with finding a homemade solution for damaged and “aging” hair.  Guess what they came back with? You guessed it—bananas.

Benefits for Using Bananas for Hair Care

  • Contains potassium, natural oils, carbs and vitamins A, B, C, E
  • Increases elasticity
  • Softens and shines
  • Controls dandruff
  • Strengthens hair roots
  • Smells delish

Unless you blend the banana to a fine pureed mixture, they’r awfully hard to wash out.  A  jar of banana baby food is much easier.

A final banana factoid for you to chew on—did you know that bananas are great for hangovers, and will calm a stomach after a slizzardly night of fun?  Instead of heading to Waffle House, go home and whip up this milkshake—together with milk and honey, Monkey Juice will hydrate your insides, replace loss electrolytes, and set you on the road to recovery.

Monkey Juice

  • ½ a Banana
  • ½ cup of milk (4 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey
  • 2 scoops Frozen Yogurt or Vanilla Ice Cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy (by Manouschka Guerrier via

Are bananas part of your hair regimen? If so, how do you use them?