Looking for a natural cure for dry hair?
This DIY Pumpkin Honey Gelatin Hair Mask Treatment is good for any hair type, especially for those with dry hair. Great Lakes is the brand of gelatin that I use, as it is made from grass-fed cows hides, contains no added sugars or preservatives of any kind, and in keeping with the “Life From Scratch” theme…it is minimally processed.
Why are pumpkin, honey and gelatin so great for your hair?
–Organic Gelatin contains high amounts of protein and helps to improve our hair’s quality, shine, strength and texture.
–Raw Organic Honey is a natural humectant, drawing in and locking moisture into our hair. It’s many nutrients feed our hair encouraging hair growth.
-Pumpkin is known for being a great source for vitamins C (overall hair health), E and A (an antioxidant great for the scalp), potassium (which is beneficial for healthy hair and regrowth) and beta carotene. All of these help to improve our hairs overall health, shine, elasticity, growth, and strength.
Never made homemade pumpkin puree before? Don’t worry, it’s a snap to make. Here are some easy instructions.
Homemade pumpkin puree:
- Use a small(ish) sized sugar pumpkins (note: you can use the larger jack o’lantern pumpkins, but the result will be a more watery, less orange puree – like mine, since I used a jack o’lantern pumpkin! – the benefits are the same though, especially when using it in your hair)
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cut the stem from the top of the pumpkin (it’s easier than having to slice through it)
- Cut the pumpkin in half
- Remove the seeds (rinse them, and roast them if you like yummy pumpkin seeds!) and the stringy parts
- Place the pumpkin halves face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Roast for about 35-45 minutes. You’ll be able to easily pierce through the skin with a fork when it is finished, and the skin will be slightly darker and wrinkled
- Allow the pumpkin to cool enough to handle, and peel the skin off (a spoon is good for this)
- Place the pumpkin flesh into a food processor or blender and process until very smooth
- Mix the above ingredients in a medium sized bowl until well incorporated.
- **Please do a test strip of hair if you have or suspect any allergy to pumpkins or other squash.
- You can apply this hair mask treatment to either dry unwashed hair or damp hair. I often apply this hair mask when my hair has gone a few days between washings and apply it to my dry hair before shampooing.
- I suggest applying the hair treatment over the sink - it gets very messy! Flip your head upside down over the bathroom sink, apply about half of the mixture, working it into your hair as you go along.
- Carefully flip your head back up and run some more through the length of your hair.
- Pull your hair back loosely with a clip (you probably won’t need to do this if you have short hair).
- Apply the remainder of the hair mask, working it in and making sure you cover all your hair.
- When finished, cover your entire head with plastic, or a shower cap, for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap as shampoo. Then style as usual.
This always makes my hair feel much silkier and quite a bit thicker after drying completely. I’d recommend this pumpkin gelatin hair treatment mask to anyone, and I hope you will too!
Did this DIY beauty treatment get you in the natural beauty spirit? Here are a few other natural skin care projects to try: DIY 3 Ingredient Lip Balm, DIY Eye Makeup Remover, and Scratch Mommy’s famous DIY Deodorant. Visit our DIY Body Products section for a complete list of our DIY Skincare Recipes. Love natural beauty products but don’t want to make them yourself? Check out the Pronounce Skincare Shop.