Pumpkin and Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1 cup cooked and cubed fresh pumpkin (or canned pumpkin puree)
- 3–4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil (optional)
- Blender/food processor
- Small bowl
- Hair mask brush (optional)
- Sarang wrap or shower cap
- Add all the ingredients into your blender and mix for approximately 4–5 minutes.
- The consistency should be creamy like hair conditioner.
- Pour your hair mask into a small bowl.
- Brush or massage the orange mask in over dry hair, coating it completely.
- Wrap hair up in saran wrap or pop on a shower cap.
- Leave for half an hour.
- 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.
- Hair does not need conditioner.
- 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.
- 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
Have you ever used pumpkin for a beauty treatment?
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.