Almonds are extremely nutritious nuts for hair, beauty and body. One of the derivatives of almonds is sweet almond oil; a light non greasy oil ideal for hair conditioning and smoothing but did you know you can also derive milk from almond nuts? This nourishing milk has immense benefits for dry and damaged hair and can be used in conjunction with sweet almond oil for hair.
Almond Milk Benefits for Hair
- Almond milk contains a lot of protein fantastic for strengthening hair and reducing breakage.
- Almond milk contains a high amount of iron, also great for strengthening hair and preventing hair loss.
- The fatty acids in almond milk make it suitable for deep conditioning hair and promoting softness. It can also help tame flyaways and frizzy hair.
- Additional nutrients in almond milk includes potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.
- Hair strengthening and softening vitamins in almond milk include vitamins A, B, D & E.
Almond Milk Conditioning Hair Mask
- Mix 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with ½ cup of almond milk. You can also add 1 tablespoon of castor oil if you like.
- Warm slightly over a bowl of hot water.
- Spread over dry hair, smoothening through and massage into your scalp as well.
- Cover with a shower cap and leave on for an hour then co-wash your hair.
You’ll be left with soft deeply moisturized hair. You can apply a leave in prior to styling or style as is depending on how your hair feels.
Almond Milk & Bentonite Clay Detoxifying Mask for Hair
This recipe is super for dry and damaged chemically processed hair. I discussed the awesomeness of clay in The Power of Aztec Healing Clay for Hair. You will need 1 cup of almond milk and 2 heaped tablespoons of bentonite healing clay.
- Warm up the almond milk slightly. Pour into the clay and allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Whisk together throughly with a fork until the clay is completely dissolved.
- Apply to your hair and scalp.
- Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse out the mix then co-wash your hair.
Another variation – substitute the almond milk with coconut milk and the bentonite clay with some other type of clay. Read Different Types of Healing Clay & Which is the Best.
Where Can I Buy Almond Milk?
There are some almond milk brands that contain carrageenan, an ingredient produced from red seaweed and algae. It’s used as a stabilizer and thickening agent in the milk. Studies say this ingredient causes problems for the GI tract. However, since these recommendations are for hair, it shouldn’t be an issue. Nevertheless, the brands above are carrageenan free.
How to Make Your Own Almond Milk?
If you don’t fancy buying the packaged milk, you can DIY almond milk at home and it’s a lot easier than you might think although it will require some time. All you need are:
- 2 cups of raw almonds like Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Unpasteurized Organic Almonds or Trader Joe’s Raw Almonds.
- 5 cups of spring water
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or raw honey
- A high speed blender
- Cheesecloth or very fine mesh strainer
- Milk bottle for storage
If you’re planning to drink it, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon for flavour.
- Soak the raw almonds in enough spring water to cover the almonds. Cover and let sit for up to 8 hours or overnight. Pre-soaking the almonds helps the milk come out creamier.
- Drain the next morning. Rinse the almonds then pour into the blender.
- Combine the almonds with a few cups of water.
- Blend on high speed for a few minutes then strain the milk through the mesh strainer.
- Add in the flavoring if using and pour into a suitable storage jar.
- Refrigerate and use as needed.
Fresh almond milk will last up for only a few days so use up ASAP and if it smells iffy at all, throw it out and make a new batch. Below is a helpful step by step video for making your own almond milk.