There’s a reason avocado remains one of the most hailed superfoods. First, the fruit is brimming with vitamins (specifically vitamins A, C, E, K, B, and folate), which can help stave off free radicals and protect the strands from photodamage. Avocados also boast tons of fatty acids, which literally feed the hair with nutrients, condition the cuticle, and enhance moisture and shine.
Specifically, “Avocados are extremely rich in oleic acid and monounsaturated fats,” says Muhga Eltigani, founder of NaturAll Club about avocado and avocado oil. “In fact, avocado oil is one of few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize your hair rather than sitting on top and coating your hair. These fats also strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage.”
And while you could opt for a cold-pressed avocado oil, slathering on the whole fruit has some noteworthy advantages: Oils tend to lose water-soluble vitamins B and C during the extraction process, whereas the fresh fruit retains all those good-for-you players. Avocado oil certainly still trumps in the hair care department, don’t get us wrong, but don’t knock the whole avo itself.