How to Treat Your Hair with Pumpkin

Love the fall flavors of pumpkin and apple cider? While they are great for nibbles and treats, they can also be an indulgence for your hair. In fact, several holiday items are vitamin-rich.

Take advantage of the abundance. 

 

Deep Condition with Pumpkin

Hosting a pumpkin carving party? Don’t throw out scrapings! The flesh from a pumpkin is filled with Vitamin A, which is extremely good for your scalp. Wrap 2 cups of the extra pumpkin flesh in tinfoil with two tablespoons olive oil. Seal it tightly and roast at 200 degrees for 2 hours or until extremely tender.

Combine cooked pumpkin, 1-tablespoon honey, and 1-tablespoon yogurt in a food processor. Blend until smooth. If needed, add ½ tablespoon of water at a time to blend the mixture into a thick puree.

Add Shine to Your Hair with Apple Cider

Shampoo, conditioner, styling cream, and hair spray can be a girl’s best friend when it comes to getting prepped for a night on the town. Unfortunately, all these products can cause an intense buildup of alkaline on your hair and scalp.

By massaging a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your hair and scalp, you can remove this residue and restore your hair’s natural pH. For maximum benefits, let the vinegar sit on your hair for 5 – 10 minutes before washing.

 

Soften and Hydrate with “Caramel”

Curley and heavily textured hair can become coarse and dry. With a homemade caramel treatment (¼ cup honey + ¼ cup olive oil + ¼ cup molasses + 2 mashed bananas), you can soften and hydrate hair in one go. Simply massage the mixture into your hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap. Allow to sit for 10 – 20 minutes. Then wash hair as you normally would.

 

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