Sweater weather is here (well, aside from yesterday’s 100-degree swelter in Los Angeles), and everything from my nose to my ears to my mane is in the mood for a pinch of pumpkin. A quick Google search for a DIY pumpkin hair mask recipe ensued. I decided to try a three-ingredient recipe that called for one can of pumpkin, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and two tablespoons of honey. According to an article on Women’s Health Magazine, pumpkin contains “essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E, which help increase moisture of hair and maintain cell turnover of the scalp while healing inflammation.” Moisture? My dry mane is begging for it, and because this DIY pumpkin hair mask is so low-maintenance, I gave it a go. I used a can of organic pumpkin and organic wild collected raw honey from Trader Joe’s. The first thing I noticed while mixing the ingredients was a slight separation from the coconut oil but eventually they all got along. The orange concoction had the same consistency as most store-bought hair masks I’ve tried, a tad less thick.
After shampooing my hair with OUAI Repair Shampoo (by the way, I still have in my Lived-In Hair Extensions by Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez), I scooped a handful of the DIY pumpkin hair mask into my palm and onto my hair, mid-lengths to ends, repeating that until the bowl was dry. I massaged the mix into my hair then covered my head with a shower cap and proceeded to let the steam do its thing. P.S. I skipped conditioner altogether to get a true feel for the effects of the mask my mane so hoped would mend its damage. As I rinsed the mask out, I noticed a puddle of orange trying to escape through the drain–but no biggie, it didn’t stain the tub or shower walls. While I’m a fan of pumpkin spice everything (who isn’t, really?), the smell of the pumpkin puree was slightly too intense for my olfactory senses (I say add cinnamon to yours to make it truly PSL).
Note: After I wash my hair, I always spritz it with loads of leave-in conditioner (either OUAI Smooth Spray or L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil) then brush through with my Tangle Teezer. Post DIY pumpkin hair mask, I forwent the leave-in and went straight to brushing. I found brushing through the hair to be a bit harder than when my wet hair contains leave-in conditioner. I noticed specks of something in my hair as I brushed–could it be hardened honey coconut oil, or pumpkin? I wasn’t sure, and still haven’t deciphered. Moving on, you might recall, I put my mane on an air dry diet (as in, I banned the blow dryer), and I didn’t make an exception with this DIY pumpkin hair mask experiment.
Because I didn’t blow dry my hair after using this mask, my strands felt weighted down, but don’t be mistaken. When my hair air dried fully, oh my gourd, I thought, this DIY pumpkin hair mask just mimicked an in-salon gloss. My hair felt so soft, and it looked like it had just gotten a fresh coat of paint. It’s tricky to tell, but in the left photo my hair is wet, and the right photo shows my mane after it dried. If you tend to get oily, I advise a blow dry after getting out the shower. If I were to do it over again, I would save half the concoction for another time as the simple recipe, unbeknownst to me, made two servings. If you have a penchant for pumpkin and your mane is aiming for moisture and glow—this DIY pumpkin hair mask is a must-try.