Secrets to (inexpensive!) fabulous hair


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Just like your face and hands, a nurse’s hair needs a little extra attention to keep it looking tip-top (the caps! the tight ponytails! the harsh hospital lights!).

Use this hair mask in the evening or over the weekend to replenish moisture and wash away buildup. You’ll see a dramatic difference.

Avocado Hair Mask
To bring back your hair’s natural luster and shine, start by peeling one very ripe and soft avocado. Mash the pulp very well so there are no lumps in it. If you wish, add a bit of olive oil to make the pulp a little more watery and easier to apply—and your hair will receive additional benefits from the olive oil!

Wash your hair as usual, squeezing out the extra water after your final rinse. Then massage the avocado pulp into your wet hair for five minutes. (The gentle massage stimulates the hair follicles and will make you feel relaxed and terrific!)

Leave the mask in your hair for at least 10 minutes so the beneficial avocado oils can penetrate deep into your hair follicles. For extra luster and body, after the scalp massage, cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap, then wrap in a terry towel and leave alone for the duration.

Rinse out, using cool water so you don’t “cook” the avocado into your hair. It may take two or three rinses to thoroughly remove all of the avocado pulp, but the results will be well worth the effort it takes. Just one treatment will leave your hair silky smooth for days!

If your hair is damaged from straightening, perms or color treatments, consider using this treatment weekly.

Other Great Hair Masks for About $20 or Less
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, 6 oz. ($6.41)
Pantene Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Mask Deep Conditioning, 7.6-oz. tubs (pack of three) ($16.96)
It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask, 8 fl. oz. ($20.39)

Diane Carbo
Diane Carbo is a licensed registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings, and is an advocate for older adults and their families. She has developed two websites that grew out of her nursing and caregiving experience and her love of tea: and Diane and her sister-in-law, Connie Bednar, have found a tremendous amount of happiness and joy in sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, including their passion for tea.

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