Last month, I made a big move to the West Coast. Many things have taken time to get used to, most noticeably the weather! While I still can’t believe that the weather stays this beautiful basically all year round, my body is still getting used to it. I have noticed that my skin and hair are more dry and brittle than usual. I have felt a bit of tightness in my skin, but my hair is where I feel like I really took a hit. Yes, the weather is an adjustment, but so is the water. I am still getting used to it! The water in Los Angeles is a lot harder than in New York City where I lived for the past 10 years so my hair is still adjusting – and with that can come intense dryness.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner (it’s literally next week — where has this year gone?!), you could say that I was inspired by the season and started getting curious. I did some research about pumpkin to see if by chance it is not only good in lattes but can also benefit your hair in some way. To my surprise, pumpkin contains a lot of hair loving vitamins and minerals like potassium and zinc which promote regrowth and keep the hair healthy as well as Vitamin B which stimulates hair growth. Now, I wasn’t just going to slather pumpkin puree on my locks and hope for the best. I knew I needed to deal with the hydration issue. I decided to blend this season’s favorite ingredient with honey, a humectant that moisturizes, as well as castor oil which is hydrating but also locks in moisture.
I grabbed a can of 100% pure pumpkin puree that I had in my pantry, castor oil, and honey, and got to mixing. Don’t worry, I included the exact measurements that I used below! One thing to note, the recipe varies depending on your hair thickness. I have A LOT of hair so I packed on the pumpkin but if you don’t have as much hair as I do, just decrease the measurements to your liking. I applied the mixture to sections of my hair and I have to say that right away I noticed something – it was so easy for me to detangle with my fingers! I have kinky, curly 4b and 4c hair so I notice right away if a product or formula is going to work on my hair by its ability to get through the curls and this did just that. I applied the product all over and twisted my hair and tossed on a plastic shower cap for thirty minutes. Once the time was up, I hopped in the shower and used the Collective Laboratories shampoo and conditioner, which also promotes hair growth, to remove the last bits of pumpkin from my hair and scalp. I have done this mask twice and I am happy to say that I can see my hair hydration is back where I like it to be! This is such an easy at-home remedy for dryness that it got me curious about what I could use the little bit of leftover pumpkin I had after the hair masks. I learned that if you mix pumpkin and a little bit of turmeric into a paste, it can help with dark underarm skin! Now you know – pumpkin isn’t only good for pies and lattes!
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp castor oil