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Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Health & Beauty, How To | 10 comments

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask for Dry Hair

By the time fall comes around my hair sends out an SOS. Too many days spent in the summer heat has made it go eeek!

My hair lashes out with frizz, dryness and dullness. At this point not even a professional blow dry could tame it. I needed a remedy to calm my tresses down, and I found it when I combined my favorite DIY beauty ingredients to treat dry hair with fall’s best ingredient: Pumpkin!

This delicious-smelling and very effective pumpkin hair mask is not only perfect for fall, it is the ULTIMATE soothing and moisturizing treatment for overstressed hair.

This pumpkin hair mask works miracles on dry/damaged hair, but not exclusively. It is also a great moisturizer for all hair types, even those with fine or oily hair when used as a monthly treatment.

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin Hair Mask

Pumpkin: Behold the power of pumpkin. This superfood is packed with antioxidants, beta-carotene (a red-orange pigment that converts to vitamin A when consumed), vitamin C and E, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin A moisturizes and soothes hair and vitamin C repairs damaged hair and skin from overexposure to the sun and environment. Altogether, pumpkin promotes radiant, healthy skin and hair.

Coconut Oil: I dare say that this is the mother of all moisturizers!

Honey: Bring on the shine. Honey is a humectant, which means it naturally attracts moisture. Like pumpkin, it is loaded with antioxidants that help restore shine to dry hair.

Yield: Makes 4-5 treatments. Search Valpak for grocery coupons to save on these items.

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree (or 1 ½ cup of pureed fresh pumpkin strained)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey

*Note: This gets messy so wear an old shirt.

In a mixing bowl, add contents of 1 can of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp of honey and ¼ cup of coconut oil and mix together with whisk or egg beater.

The pumpkin hair mask should have the consistency of a conditioner. If it is too watery (depending on the amount of water remaining in the pumpkin puree), add more pumpkin puree to thicken it.


Section hair out in workable pieces; 3-4 sections may be required depending on thickness and length of hair.

Apply pumpkin hair mask to damp hair beginning at the ends and working your way up to the roots. You can apply mask to dry hair, but I find the application process to be easier when hair is damp.


Tie hair up and cover with shower cap.

Let hair mask sit for 20-30 minutes.

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When you’re ready to remove mask, shampoo, condition and style hair as usual. You will notice your hair is softer and shiner.

Divide the leftover hair mask into 4-5 freezer bags (one freezer bag per treatment) or tupperware containers and store in freezer. Just make sure you thaw the hair mask to room temperature the next time you need a treatment.

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Repeat this treatment once a week for dry damaged hair, and once a month for normal to oily hair.

Aiyana Baida is a Digital SEO Support Coordinator at Valpak. She enjoys writing about health, fitness and beauty.


  1. Coconut oil is a better treatment for a Hair Mask. Always, my #1 favorite oil is coconut oil.
    Thank you for sharing an amazing content

  2. Well I am allergic to coconut….. I know that’s strange but I get rashes if I use products with coconut….. So I was wondering if I can use oil olive instead of coconut oil…

    • Hi Jade, Thanks for the question. The answer is yes, you can use olive oil (or avocado oil – dry hair, jojoba – thinner hair) instead. Aiyana recommends cutting the portion of the oil down to 2 tablespoons, because the consistency may be too oily with ¼ cup amount. Enjoy!

  3. I have hard water in my new house, and it made my hair so hard and brittle. I have never even heard of such a thing. I use the Shielo Hair Mask, along with some other of their products, but its the Shielo Hair Mask that is the best. My hair went from being hard and brittle, to being super soft again. And it lasts! I only do it once per week and I can feel the effects for 7 days.

  4. coconut oil is the best treatment for Hair mask. Always, my favourite oil is the coconut oil. Thank you so much for sharing good post.

  5. i never try pumpkin mask but i will try it at this weekend, thanks for sharing.

  6. My favorite treatment is the coconut oil treatment, I just love the smell and how smooth it make my hair after that.

  7. That’s so cute. Do you think it is suitable for hair breakage and split ends? It’s something I get asked quite often from my own blog’s readers, and I would love to know what you might think of it.

  8. Thanks for sharing, that’s so cute. Do you think it is suitable for hair breakage and split ends? It’s something I get asked quite often from my own blog’s readers, and I would love to know what you might think of it.

    • Hi Cindy! Yes it will. Since weak and damaged hair is more susceptible to breakage and the mask strengthens hair, I definitely recommend it to your readers. I suggest using it 2-3 times a week if possible for best results. As far as split ends, the best solution is a trim to keep the hair from splitting even more.


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