DIY Beauty: Avocado Hair & Face Mask

DIY avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty

DIY avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my “Hulking out” photo (if you missed it; I’ve included it below ;). Really though, I was just wearing this avocado hair and face mask. It’s rich in protein, vitamins (especially A), and antioxidants to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin and hydrate your hair. Plus, apple cider vinegar is great at eliminating build-up and dry skin that leads to dandruff. Okay, okay, I get it. It’s awesome. Now, tell me how to make it!

DIY avocado hair and face mask ingredients via poorandpretty

Super Smooth Avocado Hair & Face Mask. This should make enough for one hair and face application, even if you have the thickest hair in the world (like me). It will not store well, so use it as soon as you make it.


  • ½ an avocado — rich in antioxidants and vitamins to promote hair growth, overall scalp health, hydrates and gently exfoliates skin and helps prevent wrinkles.
  • 1 egg yolk — don’t use the egg white! It’s a royal pain to get out of your hair. Egg yolk is also rich in protein, fat, and lecithin (an antioxidant) and acts as a hair conditioner.
  • ¼ cup organic soy milk —chock full of protein, vitamin E, and antioxidants, soy milk encourages cell turnover for healthy skin. Only use organic soy milk, you don’t want GMOs on your face!
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil — high in fat, oleic acid, and antioxidants to heal skin cells,  repair skin damage, and prevent wrinkles.
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar — prevents scalp buildup and dandruff.

DIY avocado hair and face mask egg yolk mixture 1 via poorandpretty

Step One: Combine everything but the avocado in a small bowl.

DIY avocado hair and face mask egg yolk mixture via poorandpretty

Step Two: Whisk the ingredients together and voilà! You have just made runny mayonnaise! Ew. Please don’t eat this.

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Step Three: Add the liquid mixture and the avocado into a blender and blend away. Stop two or three times to check for avocado chunks.

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Step Four: Apply mask to hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands (and maybe a comb, but I did just fine without one), working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.

Step Five: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face (use your regular facial cleanser), use the remainder of the mask on your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer. Check out my winter and summer skincare tips for a few of my favorites.

Step Six: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the avocado mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.

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Here’s to the end of winter and the end of dry skin & scalp!


Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Dierdre Sowa of Love in Bloom Designs

We are really closing in on the holidays, huh? Here’s a two-for-one Indie Crafter Spotlight & Indie Giveaway for ya! I met Dierdre Sowa, owner of Love in Bloom Designs, earlier this year at the UNCORKED!/Vagina Monologues event at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. She was wearing the most darling little flower on her head and… well, I’ll let her tell you the story :) Read on after the interview for details on how to score one of your own Love in Bloom hair accessories!

Poor & Pretty: Dee, you’ve been wearing your own creations for years. What made you decide to turn it into a business?
Dierdre Sowa: Well, you did! I was in a performance of the Vagina Monologues this past February where we were asked to wear only red and black for the shows. I borrowed a black skirt from a friend, pulled a red shirt from my closet, and added some fun tights but it didn’t feel like my personality came through at all. The night before the dress rehearsal, I decided to make a red and black flower for my hair to personalize my outfit a bit. I received so many questions in the next few nights about where I got my headband! You had a table at the vendor fair prior to one of the performances. You asked if I made it, then suggested I sell them on Etsy. So, thanks!! :)

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Friday Fave: Pink hair highlights

I haven’t had pink in my hair for a few years, and it was about time I put it back in again. Credit for my pretty in pink peek-a-boo highlights goes to Mish. Visit her at Envee Salon & Spa in Southington, CT.

I would post a photo of Stan’s reaction, but he might not like that. Picture a child being told they can have an unlimited supply of candy for the rest of their life.


The not-quite-pixie cut

I’ve wanted a pixie cut for a really long time. I love how it looks on many actresses, but especially Audrey Tautou and Ginnifer Goodwin. Stan, however, does not want me to get a pixie cut. So, Mish and I decided to cut my hair just shy of a pixie, so we could tell Stan it isn’t technically a pixie. What do you think?

It’s the shortest my hair has ever been! It’s going to be wonderful for the summer, though. My 25th birthday is in 3 days — eep!


DIY Beachy Sea Salt Hair Spray

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My favorite way of styling my hair used to be straightening it, but now it’s summer and it’s far too hot to be doing that. Plus, now that my hair is shorter {thanks, again, to my friend Ryan Gorey}, it’s easier to just wash it, throw in some product, and let it be naturally wavy. Lately, my favorite product has been my all-natural, homemade, beach-inspired, sea-salt hair spray:


  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup coconut water {you can find this in the Spanish section of the grocery store}
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 tbs glycerin {you can substitute hair gel}
  • ½ tsp jojoba oil
  • 4-6 drops orange essential oil {optional}
  • 4-6 drops pink grapefruit essential oil {optional}


This is super simple. Ready? Just mix everything together! You can microwave the sea salt and water together if you’d like, just to make it dissolve faster, but that’s optional. This contains no preservatives, so I recommend storing it in the fridge, taking a little bit out at a time to store in a small spray container. If you keep it out, unused, for too long, the chunks of coconut in the coconut water will start to get moldy. I’ve kept mine mold-free in the fridge for over a month now!

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Just spray it on when your hair is wet and let it dry naturally! Note: your hair will most likely not be as poofy as mine. I have ludicrously thick hair. I could carpet an entire house with what I have on my head.

….Side note: can you believe I haven’t been to the beach yet? It’s a damn shame!