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Pumpkin and Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe

Suzanne is a qualified beautician with experience as a freelance makeup artist.

Pumpkin and coconut oil can do wonders for your hair's feel and appearance.

Pumpkin and coconut oil can do wonders for your hair's feel and appearance.

Pump Up the Volume

Pumpkins are by no means only suitable for baking, roasting, boiling or steaming into delicious dishes. Pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seeds, canned puree and pumpkin spice may be used in gorgeous homemade products including face masks, exfoliating cleansers, lip balms and hair treatments.

Pump up your hair's volume using this DIY pumpkin and coconut oil hair treatment. Shiny, thicker, stronger locks are only 30 minutes away.

hair mousse, gel, spray and blow-drying all take their toll on our hair. Revitalize, nourish and bring back that soft and silky feel with this hair mask.

hair mousse, gel, spray and blow-drying all take their toll on our hair. Revitalize, nourish and bring back that soft and silky feel with this hair mask.

Benefits of Pumpkin on Hair

Pumpkin is a natural antioxidant that contains Vitamins A, C, E, and the B-complex group that will recondition and re-hydrate hair, provide UV protection and give a new lease of life to dry, damaged or over processed hair.

Vitamin A is extremely good for the scalp and pumpkins are a rich source. Many commercial hair treatments contain a synthetic vitamin A. The beauty of this fresh recipe is receiving all the natural goodness directly from the source without the need for synthetic additions.

Pumpkins are rich in the nutrient potassium, which is known for promoting re-growth of hair. Banana and avocado are two more fruits that are high in potassium and commonly used in hair-loss treatments.

Coconut Products

coconut milk, water, oil and meat are all beneficial to health and are used in homemade beauty solutions.

coconut milk, water, oil and meat are all beneficial to health and are used in homemade beauty solutions.

Benefits of Coconut Oil on Hair

This versatile oil has a host of benefits to the hair and scalp and is a natural sealant that can lock in moisture to keep the hair strong. With its ability to penetrate the hair shaft, it works from within, keeping the hair follicles well-moisturized, conditioned and protected from environmental damage and heat.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps prevent hair breakage and protects the roots of the hair. Rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties, coconut oil helps prevent head lice, dandruff and dry scalp conditions.

Vitamins E and K both help to keep the hair healthy, soft and shiny. Massaging in coconut oil at the scalp helps to stimulate the circulation and increase blood flow.

Pumpkin is delicious, but it can also be used to improve the health of your hair.

Pumpkin is delicious, but it can also be used to improve the health of your hair.

Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask can do wonders for your locks if applied regularly. It's totally natural and super easy to make at home with a few simple supplies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked and cubed fresh pumpkin (or canned pumpkin puree)
  • 3–4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp jojoba oil (optional)

Supplies

  • Blender/food processor
  • Small bowl
  • Hair mask brush (optional)
  • Sarang wrap or shower cap

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into your blender and mix for approximately 4–5 minutes.
  2. The consistency should be creamy like hair conditioner.
  3. Pour your hair mask into a small bowl.

To Apply

  1. Brush or massage the orange mask in over dry hair, coating it completely.
  2. Wrap hair up in saran wrap or pop on a shower cap.
  3. Leave for half an hour.
  4. To remove, shampoo the hair as normal. You may need 2 or 3 shampoos to completely remove the coconut oil and jojoba oil. You will feel when the oil is completely rinsed away.
  5. Hair does not need conditioner.
  6. Apply as a deep treatment once a week or a few times a month, particularly if you use styling products daily, use hair color oruse hair dryers, tongs or straighteners.
It's not a trick—pumpkin is a treat for the hair.

It's not a trick—pumpkin is a treat for the hair.

Pumpkin Trivia

  • The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon meaning –“large melon”.
  • The Irish are credited with bringing the tradition of pumpkin carving to America.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • 100g of pumpkin produces 26 calories.
  • Pumpkins are classed as fruit and used frequently as a vegetable.
  • Native Americans used to flatten strips of pumpkin, dry them and make mats.
  • Pumpkins were said to remove freckles and cure snake bites.
  • Antarctica is the only continent that does not grow Pumpkin.
  • The “pumpkin capital “of the world is Morton, Illinois.
  • Over 1 billion pounds (450 million kg) are produced in USA every year.
  • Pumpkin is often prescribed for cats when they have hairballs.
  • Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, carotenoids, vitamin C and zinc which make them super beneficial for homemade skin care products.
  • Whilst usually orange, pumpkins may be white, green, red or yellow.

Pumpkin Hair and Face Mask

Food for Thought

Pumpkins are one of the most nutritious foods available all year round and so much more than a fruit for Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, pumpkins are an amazing skin and hair treatment restoring both to a healthy state without the need of preservatives, chemicals or synthetics. Turning leftover pumpkin into a hair mask is as easy as pie!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 28, 2013:

Hi DDE,

Glad you enjoyed this one, appreciate your comment and visit!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2013:

Great you shared an awesome hub on this topic so glad I stopped by.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 19, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Thanks so much! Pumpkin always looks so weird when using in the hair or face, your grandmother would be proud of you! Cheers for your votes and pin!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on August 19, 2013:

I love pumpkins, too. I will definitely try this hair mask at home in the Phil. I want to see the awesome faces of my relatives when I´m doing this. LOL! They already told me I´m like my late herbalist grandmother which is a compliment to me. Thanks for sharing Suzie. Voted up and pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 17, 2013:

Hi Carol,

Always a delight to have you in my corner! Decided it was time for a few fab pumpkin recipes so a face mask is on the way too! Such a nutritious fruit (thanks to my mate Rajan's hub!) it was a definite must do and see. Canned puree is great if pumpkins are not available but not the canned pie filling one. Cheers for the votes and pin, always great to receive :-)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 16, 2013:

Oh my how did I miss this one..Love all the goodies in this..pumpkin and you can take a bite or two This really sounds most interesting...The usual votes and pins..

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 16, 2013:

Hi SEO IT,

Many thanks for checking this out,glad you enjoyed and are keen to give it a go! Enjoy this lush treat for your locks!

Karla Domanski from Cadillac, Michigan on August 16, 2013:

Thank you for the recipe! I had never heard of using pumpkin for anything but food and beverages. I am going to give this a try, for sure!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 16, 2013:

Hi Radcliff,

Sorry, did not mean to infer you should watch video! LOL You could try it as a scrub on the feet or hands too if sugar is in it. Even add some granulated sugar into it and apply it on as a scrub to remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin silky smooth!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 16, 2013:

Hi catmalone,

Cheers for your interest and support! I would only keep it a few days in an airtight container and keep an eye on it. Make sure not to allow any water in it as it will contaminate it and encourage bacteria. Have fun and enjoy! You could always try freezing it in an ice cube tray and defrosting before using!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 16, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for visiting and comment. Two lush ingredients for skin and hair! glad you found this intriguing!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on August 15, 2013:

Ohhhh, ok. Well, that's what I get for not watching the video. Hahah! The can says that it's just organic pumpkin, sugar, and spices--I'll probably take a walk on the wild side and use it anyway. Then after my hair falls out, I'll switch to regular pumpkin. ;-) Thanks again, Suzie!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi Radcliff,

Thanks for checking his recipe out. A word on the pumpkin pie mix, it is different to pumpkin puree and it is the puree that is recommended for cosmetic use. I have not used the pie mix so can't guarantee the same results. The girl in the video actually mentions that the pie mix is not suitable too so I would google it first if I were you, just to be on the safe side. Thanks so much for your interest and for commenting, good luck, hope you have a successful treatment!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi Jill,

Lovely to see you, so good to hear you are keen to try this out! Appreciate you sharing and voting!

catmalone on August 15, 2013:

I think I might have to try this natural hair recipe for hair conditioning, it sounds so healthy for the hair. Question! How long will it keep if I make a batch of it to use.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 15, 2013:

Pumpkin and coconut, what a great combination! I had never heard of a hair mask before, but I'm intrigued now. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on August 15, 2013:

Woah. I am really excited to try this. I have a can of that Farmer's Market pumpkin but it's the pumpkin pie mix and it's about to expire (I never used it because it has a high sugar content). I think I'll use it to give this a try--the only problem is I'll crave pumpkin pie after I wash my hair. LOL

Thanks for the tip!

Jill Spencer from United States on August 15, 2013:

This sounds super easy to make, Suzie. Think I'll try it. Thanks! Shared & voted up.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Delighted you enjoyed this simple but highly effective treatment using so few ingredients. I have another one on the way for the face so stay tuned!! Many thanks for dropping by it is always so good to hear from you! Glad to hear you are using the coconut oil, it really has many many uses you will find in my recipes and great as a moisturizer on it's own.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi teaches,

Your whoopie pie season! Yummy! What a great recipe, I had to include it so thank you! Hopefully you will get to try a homemade product or two with some of your pumpkin this fall. it really is so beneficial to both health and skin and ultra easy to prepare this hair mask, ideal for all year round!

Appreciate your votes, and sharing on. It is a pleasure to be able to support great writers writing such great pieces so THANK YOU my friend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi Vespa,

So you are changing to coconut oil from your jojoba, it is a marvel for everything! I love jojoba too, I have to say and if you like to use it in this too you can. Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are magic for the skin, the seeds are perfect for grinding in the blender or food processor and using in body scrub or face scrub recipes. They are an ingredient I love now for skin care and for health. Used them in my exfoliating face cleanser recipe for oily/ combination skin with oatmeal and wow, my skin was heavenly!

Must be lovely to have "different" pumpkin varieties, white look so anemic on the outside! LOL

Thanks as always for great commenting, interest and feedback!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 15, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Do give this a go, as a pumpkin fan you are sure to enjoy this one! Thanks for your support and taking time to comment!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on August 15, 2013:

Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I love pumpkins and I can use my beloved coconut oil.

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2013:

It is about that time of year again and pumpkins will be readily available for this special mask, and this one is so simple to make. I can almost feel the smoothness of the pumpkin on my hair. You have also highlighted some other special writers. Thanks for the mention. Voted up++ and sharing.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 14, 2013:

I've been using coconut oil for my hair and skin (it's my new "jojoba") but I didn't know about the benefits of pumpkin and Vitamin A. Now I'm itching to try this mask...and it's perfect timing as I just ran out of conditioner and am far from anywhere that I can buy more. I loved the pumpkin fun facts, too. We have white pumpkins here in Peru. Thanks for another great one, Suzanne!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 14, 2013:

I love pumpkin anything, so I will give this DIY hair mask a try.Thanks!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 14, 2013:

Hi kathryn,

Delighted you saw this one as I know you are a real Pumpkin fan! I have a mask coming up too! It is such a versatile food that many have leftovers from which may be turned into such beneficial treats for the face and hair. Thanks for the interest and comment!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 14, 2013:

I love, love, love pumpkin! I recently brought a pumpkin candle from the condo in Connecticut to the apartment in Boston, just so I could smell it. I love the idea of making a hair mask, and I definitely want to try it, as soon as I get the coconut oil :)

Thanks for sharing , and have a wonderful night!

~ Kathryn

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