With Halloween just around the corner and Pumpkins appearing on every doorstep we couldn’t resist the opportunity to shout out about how great Pumpkins are for your hair….

The antioxidants found in pumpkins are impressive: Vitamin E is known to enhance blood circulation in the scalp (which helps to promote hair growth) and vitamin C strengthens your hair follicles. Even the orange exterior of pumpkins have hair benefits as it contains beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in our body which is a vitamin you don't want your scalp missing out on!

So we’ve put together our top home DIY treatments to get some Pumpkin Love into your hair care…

Pumpkin and Coconut Oil Hot Treatment

Want all the nourishing, and conditioning properties of coconut oil plus those potent vitamins and nutrients of pumpkin oil? Here’s how…

  • Gently heat equal parts of coconut oil and pumpkin oil on a stove top with low flame.

  • Let it cool slightly so that’s it’s still warm to the touch and apply to soaking wet hair, working from your ends to your roots.

  • Finally wrap your hair in a hot towel for 20 minutes and rinse well.

Pumpkin and Oat Deep Conditioning Treatment

This hair mask literally smells of Autumn because it has the yummy autumn ingredients that add strength to weak locks.

For this recipe you'll need the following:

  • 2 oz raw, pumpkin pulp (seedless)

  • 2 oz unrefined, raw coconut oil (liquefied)

  • 2 oz raw shea butter (solidified)

  • 1 oz fixed, vegetable oil (An oil packed with vitamin E like olive oil or sunflower)

  • 1 tsp of raw, organic oatmeal powder

- Start by separating the seeds from the pumpkin guts and saving them for another use.

Add your oils, raw shea butter, and pumpkin guts in a mixing bowl.

- Next, add the oatmeal powder - using a powdered form of the oats will fluff your conditioning mask and ensure a workable consistency for tight curls whereas those hard oats can be harder to detect in a blender.

- Blend your ingredients in a blender until a smooth consistency is reached before transferring to a sealable, tinted container. This is ready for immediate use and should be kept refrigerated with a shelf life of 5 days.

Pumpkin Oil Mist

For a simple daily dose of the hair vitamins in pumpkin, add 2 oz of pumpkin seed oil to a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. The oil and water will not mix together, so be sure to give a hearty shake before each use or add a tablespoon of coconut oil to emulsify the ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Hair Mask

This hair mask has just enough spice to give your scalp a healthy growing environment and is great for those of you with curlier locks.

For this recipe you'll need the following:

  • 2 oz raw pumpkin guts

  • 1 oz raw honey

  • 1 tbsp nutmeg oil OR 1 tsp nutmeg powder

  • 1 oz filtered water

  • Vanilla and sweet orange essential oils (optional)

- Boil some water and steep the raw honey in a heat-proof cup.

- While the honey cools, add raw pumpkin and nutmeg to a blender (nutmeg oil is a great way to promote hair growth) for those who can't get their hands on nutmeg oil, using a teaspoon of the powdered form.

- Once cool, add the liquefied raw honey and begin blending it.

- Make sure there isn't any nutmeg dander floating around before stopping the blender.

- Transfer to a sealable tube; for 2 oz container, use 5 drops of sweet orange essential oil and 3 drops of vanilla essential oil.

- Pour your mask on wet, clean(ish) hair and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Follow-up with your usual conditioning routine and discard after

* we recommend you conduct a patch test before trying these DIY treatments in case your scalp is sensitive to any of the ingredients.

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