By the time fall comes around my hair sends out an SOS. Too many days spent in the summer heat has made it go eeek!
My hair lashes out with frizz, dryness and dullness. At this point not even a professional blow dry could tame it. I needed a remedy to calm my tresses down, and I found it when I combined my favorite DIY beauty ingredients to treat dry hair with fall’s best ingredient: Pumpkin!
This delicious-smelling and very effective pumpkin hair mask is not only perfect for fall, it is the ULTIMATE soothing and moisturizing treatment for over-stressed hair.
This pumpkin hair mask works miracles on dry/damaged hair, but not exclusively. It is also a great moisturizer for all hair types, even those with fine or oily hair when used as a monthly treatment.
Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin Hair Mask
Pumpkin: Behold the power of pumpkin. This superfood is packed with antioxidants, beta-carotene (a red-orange pigment that converts to vitamin A when consumed), vitamin C and E, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin A moisturizes and soothes hair and vitamin C repairs damaged hair and skin from overexposure to the sun and environment. Altogether, pumpkin promotes radiant, healthy skin and hair.
Coconut Oil: I dare say that this is the mother of all moisturizers!
Honey: Bring on the shine. Honey is a humectant, which means it naturally attracts moisture. Like pumpkin, it is loaded with antioxidants that help restore shine to dry hair.
Yield: Makes 4-5 treatments. Use Favado for grocery coupons to save on these items.
- 1 can of pumpkin puree (or 1 ½ cup of pureed fresh pumpkin strained)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
*Note: This gets messy so wear an old shirt.
In a mixing bowl, add contents of 1 can of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp of honey and ¼ cup of coconut oil and mix together with whisk or egg beater.
The pumpkin hair mask should have the consistency of a conditioner. If it is too watery (depending on the amount of water remaining in the pumpkin puree), add more pumpkin puree to thicken it.
Section hair out in workable pieces; 3-4 sections may be required depending on thickness and length of hair.
Apply pumpkin hair mask to damp hair beginning at the ends and working your way up to the roots. You can apply mask to dry hair, but I find the application process to be easier when hair is damp.
Tie hair up and cover with shower cap.
Let hair mask sit for 20-30 minutes.
When you’re ready to remove mask, shampoo, condition and style hair as usual. You will notice your hair is softer and shiner.
Divide the leftover hair mask into 4-5 freezer bags (one freezer bag per treatment) or tupperware containers and store in freezer. Just make sure you thaw the hair mask to room temperature the next time you need a treatment.
Repeat this treatment once a week for dry damaged hair, and once a month for normal to oily hair.
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