We pray for good hair days year round, but we’re willing to pardon less-than-perfect locks when the climate or time aren’t on our side. Around the holidays, though, we’re way less lax on the looks of our mane—there are too many festive gatherings (ahem, social photo opps) not to be. Whether you’re planning a home-cooked feast or hitting up a Friendsgiving, prepare to snag some holiday ingredients for the sake of your strands. Rosemary, carrots, pumpkin purée—ingredients that your holiday cravings would get cranky without—can do wonders for your hair’s health and growth too. Click through the gallery to discover five holiday ingredients that should be in your hair.
The carrots in your stuffing? Yeah, that stuff's magic for strengthening your hair, thanks to carrots' source of vitamin A. Make your own carrot oil using this recipe then apply over hair like a mask. Rinse after 10-15 minutes.
Garlic on your hair? Do it for your 'do! It sounds gross and smells intense, but garlic's selenium property helps hair retain Vitamin E and promote hair growth as a result of improved circulation. Use a garlic-infused oil or a garlic hair mask recipe to get growing. If you're not into DIY, try Alter Ego Italy's Garlic Hair Mask.
The food baby you conceive post holiday dinner is going to beg for a hot cup of tea. Skip the honey and save it for your strands. Honey is a humectant, which means it has the ability to retain moisture, making it a must-have DIY hair ingredient for hydration. What's more, the sweet goo's nutrients and enzymes add a boost of shine too. P.S. That's why we're obsessed with Negin Mirsalehi's line of honey-infused Gisou haircare.
Sautéd in with your fingerling potatoes or garnished over the turkey—however you're using refreshing rosemary this season, reserve a stick for your strands. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve dryness, and the herb also improves circulation (which fyi, promotes hair growth). Click here for rosemary scalp rinse and oil recipes your tresses will thank you for.
If you're baking a pumpkin pie, add an extra can of pumpkin purée to your shopping cart. The gourd you're gobbling contains essential fatty acids that hydrate hair and increase cell turnover. Follow our favorite DIY pumpkin hair mask recipe for soft, shiny hair.