Beauty Food: Mango Hair Masque

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Dinner's not the only thing you can whip up in the kitchen. Yeah, we all know it's important to eat your fruits and veggies, but what if you slap them right on your skin? Does that count as a serving? I think so. With a few ingredients most folks keep on hand, a bevy of edible beauty products can be created for the perfect recession-proof spa treatment. This week, we'll bring you a few secret recipes for some head to toe spa pampering, pulled from the pantry and the fridge.

Today: Mango Hair Masque. Yesterday: Strawberry Yogurt Masque. Wednesday: Brown Sugar Scrub.

Mango Hair Masque This tropical fruit packs an enzyme punch. The mango will get rid of product build up, and the half & half with the egg yolk give back richness for softening, and protein to strengthen weakened hair. It's perfect for the post-pool, dry locks and over-processed hair. Please do not add the egg whites in this recipe, it's yolks only. The albumen from the egg whites is stiff, sticky, and impossible to rinse out. After a blow dry you'll end up with bits of fried egg everywhere. Please refer to my homecoming dance pictures from 9th grade for evidence. Or don't, now that I think about it. Just trust me on this one.

1 extra ripe mango (the riper the better) 2 egg yolks ¼ cup half and half

1. Peel the mango and puree in a food processor until absolutely smooth 2. Add the egg yolks and half and half and puree until mixed. Store extra in the fridge, it will keep for 2 days. 3. Apply to hair (wet or dry) and leave on for 20 minutes. 4. Hop in the shower to rinse out (trust me). Comb out the hair while rinsing to ensure all of the mango fibers are completely gone (remember the puree part? This is why).

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