Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere…You Can Even Use Them on Your Hair

  • Hard to believe, but Halloween has already come and gone….and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just lurking around the corner. My, how this year has so quickly flown by.
    And for those of us who totally love SL, pumpkin Oreos, and anything else that has pumpkin flavoring in it, one of the most wonderful times of the year is drawing to a close as everything shifts from pumpkin to peppermint.
    But there are ways to enjoy that pumpkin vibe all year long.
    No, I’m not talking about the processed, packaged stuff that comes in a can and will probably be still sitting in your pantry this time next year, at least in time for holiday canned food drives.
    What I’m talking about is using pumpkin-scented health and beauty products and walking around smelling like you just carved, cooked, and ate The Great Pumpkin…smelling like pumpkin from head and shoulders…knees and toes.
    As far as the “beauty benefits” of pumpkins, pumpkins are packed with vitamins and minerals—such as the ones mentioned in the previous post Pumpkins…The
    Why?!
    Let’s take another look at a few of the nutrients contained in pumpkin, but this time from the view of what pumpkin can do for your skin and hair.

     

     

    Carotenoids…Carotenoids—such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene—are the antioxidants responsible for giving pumpkins their bright orange color. Pumpkins can help reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.

     

    Minerals…Minerals—such as potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron-that are found in pumpkin. Two of the important minerals as far as hair and skin are…

     

    Potassium…Potassium helps promote healthy hair and regrowth.

     

    Vitamin A…encourages hair growth

     

    Vitamin B…Pumpkin is a good source of most of the B vitamins—including niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folate. This makes pumpkin great for treating acne, improving circulation, and increasing cell turn over and renewal.

     

    Vitamin C…Vitamin C helps prevent wrinkles and skin cancer, promotes collagen production, and improves skin tone and elasticity….also strengthens hair follicles.

     

    Vitamin E…stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which then promotes hair growth)

     

    Zinc,,,prevents and treats flaking, irritation, and itching scalp

Shampoo...Many companies have started adding pumpkin shampoo to their product lists claiming that the shampoo will help your hair grow, moisturize, and kill frizz. A few options to try that actually smell like pumpkin and might help with PSL withdrawals include…
  • Acure Organics Mega Moisture Shampoo
  • EcoLove Shampoo Orange Collection
  • Ecosevi Pumpkin Seed Shampoo
  • Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo.

 

 

 

Conditioner

As far as conditioner, one of your best options is to make your own. To make your own conditioner, combine the following ingredients…

  • 1/2C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4C yogurt
  • 2Tbsp honey
  • 1Tbsp coconut oil

A great store-bought option would be this conditioner by Sexy Hair Concepts.

 

Pumpkin Hair Serum…This hair serum helps you deal with dead ends and fly-away’ away hair.  The apricot seed oil is a lighter oil than the pumpkin oil and keeps the pumpkin oil from making your hair feel so “weighty.”

Here’s how…Combine one part pumpkin seed oil with two parts apricot seed oil. Lightly spritz water in your hair. Comb the pumpkin serum through your hair.

Pumpkin Hot Oil Treatment…Combine equal amounts of coconut oil and pumpkin puree. Heat on top of your oven over low heat. Let cool slightly. Apply to soaking wet hair, working from the ends to the roots. Wrap hair in a heot towel, Wait twenty minutes. Rinse well.

Pumpkin Oil Hair Vitamin Mist…Fill a spray bottle with two ounces of pumpkin seed oil and 1Tbsp coconut oil. Fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake before each use.

Pumpkin Puree Hair Mask…Believe it or not, the cinnamon that this hair mask contains is there not only because it makes the hair mask small awesome, cinnamon also helps with circulation and promotes better hair and scalp.

Mix together…

  • 1tsp argan oil
  • ½C pumpkin puree
    2tsp coconut or olive oil (unrefined)
    1tsp cinnamon
    1 Vitamin E capsule

Apply the concoction on your hair, making sure to cover your strands from tip to roots. Put on a shower cap to keep the goop from dripping all over while you wait. Wait at least 25 minutes before shampooing your hair. Use this mask once or twice a week to help make your hair soft, shiny and silky.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Hair Mask

1 Tbsp. pumpkin seed oil
1/2 apple puree
1 tbsp. shea butter
1 egg

Process half of the apple in your blender. Add shea butter and pumpkin seed oil. Whisk egg by itself. Stir the egg into the mixture. Apply to freshly washed hair. Leave in for twenty minutes. Rinse out.

Getting Dressed, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Vegan Hair Mask Recipes

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As you know, the heat of your hairdryer and straightener, the wintery dry air, and wearing hats and scarves can all cause your hair to get really dry, brittle, and damaged this time of year.

And during the winter your hair is more likely to break, have more split ends,, grow dull, and lose its shine.

Thank goodness that there are several hair masks that you can make yourself  to help combat these problems—all of which include natural ingredients that can be found in the local grocery store, if not in your kitchen already.

Common ingredients as coconut oil, avocado, honey, eggs, and even bananas can help you repair any existing damage, nourish your scalp, get rid of product build-up, and finally achieve the shinier, silkier, healthier that we all strive for.

So let’s take a look at some of these all-natural hair mask recipes and their benefits

For all of these “recipes,” simply combine the ingredients and then rub the mixture into your hair, keep it covered for 30 minutes using a shower cap, and then shampoo and rinse as usual.

 

1.  Apple Cider Vinegar…1Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2C water

  • Benefits…contains loads of vitamins like B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium…heals flaky and itchy scalps…helps clarify, harden, and smooth the cuticles, the outermost layer of your hair…resulting in smooth and silky hair that shines and is less prone to tangling.

 

2.  Avocado…Ingredients…one half mashed ripe avocado, one egg, a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil, 2Tbsp olive oil

  • Benefits…adds shine…can help restore luster to your hair…rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids…will smooth and moisturize your locks without weighing down fine hair

 

3.  Bananas…Ingredients…mashed banana, 1Tbsp olive oil

 

4.  Butter…Ingredients…simply a small chunk of butter

  • Benefits…strengthens dry, brittle hair

 

5.  Coconut Oil…Ingredients…1Tbsp coconut oil, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…keeps hair moist and soft…loaded with fatty acids…penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners…prevents hair breakage because of its high moisture retaining capabilities…restores the moisture and shine back into your hair and softens it

 

6.  Eggs…Ingredients…one egg yolk, 2Tbsp coconut oil, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…can produce healthier tresses due to their high volume of protein…great natural conditioner…helps retain the luster and shine in your hair…leaves your hair feeling healthy and restored…rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, proteins and fatty acids

 

7.  Greek Yogurt…Ingredients…1C Greek yogurt, 1Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1Tbsp honey

  • Benefits…helps give your hair a protein boost

 

8.  Lemon Juice…Ingredients…2Tbsp olive oil, 2Tbspoons lemon juice, 2Tbsp water

  • Benefits…fights dandruff …helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin…leaves your hair feeling nourished and refreshed

 

9.  Mayonnaise…Ingredients…enough mayonnaise to coat your hair

  • Benefits…adds softness and shine

 

10.  Olive Oil…Ingredients…1Tbsp honey, 2Tbsp olive oil

  • Benefits…attracts and holds onto water molecules…locks in moisture…prevents dryness of the scalp,hair breakage, split ends, and even fly-aways…produces soft and shiny hair…softens dry hair

 

11.  Pumpkin…Ingredients…2Tbsp honey, 1C pumpkin puree

  • Benefits…rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc.

 

12.  Rhassoul Clay…Ingredients…¼C Rhassoul clay, 1Tbsp avocado oil, 70ml of water, a few drops of an essential oil like lavender

  • Benefits…adds shine and lustre to hair…decreases breakage…leaves your hair smooth, shiny, and stronger than ever before…restores moisture to hair…soothes irritated scalp conditions like dandruff