Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Hair: "Pumpkin Hair Mask"

After all of the Halloween fun has been had, you'll be left with hair that is in serious need of some TLC. Being the hair junkies that we are, it's not the candy that we look forward to on Halloween. We prefer sweet treats of the all-natural hair conditioning persuasion, none being easier to find after Halloween than the pumpkin. Instead of throwing out your left over jack-o-lanterns or baking them into pies (you'll have plenty opportunity for that come Thanksgiving), revitalize your hair with this DIY Homemade Pumpkin Hair Mask recipe.

Pumpkin pros:  
  • Vitamin-A an antioxidant that promotes scalp health.
  • Vitamin-C which helps promote hair health and growth.
  • Potassium which helps promote hair re-growth.
  • Great for all hair types, especially dry/damaged hair.
Step 1 - Cook your pumpkin.
  • Cut your pumpkin into small chunks and combine in a microwaves safe bowl with your preferred cooking oil. (Olive oil and vegetable oil are good choices). 
  • Heat until pumpkin is cooked through evenly, and then mash into a paste.
Step 2 - Add plain yogurt. 
  • The hair scientists at recommend yogurt because it's high in lactic acid and has natural antibacterial properties that cleanse hair, stimulating hair growth and preventing dandruff.
  • The proteins in yogurt work to strengthen hair and smooth hair strands to reduce frizz. 

Step 3 - Add your favorite hair oil.
  • amika Obliphica Oil Treatment contains oil from the sea buckthorn berry, a few added drops will work to enhance any deep-conditioning treatment.  
Step 4 - Add honey.
  • A few teaspoons of honey will work as a natural humectant. It acts to bind water to the hair strands to retain moisture. 
*TIP* The positive ion setting on the amika Power Cloud Repair+Smooth Dryer will open up the hair cuticles, making it easier for the treatment to penetrate the hair strands.

Step 5 -  Apply the treatment, and cover with a plastic cap for 15min. Rinse thoroughly.