Tis the Season: DIY Pumpkin Goodness for your Hair

Ohmygosh, its here.  My favorite season of the year: PUMPKIN SEASON.  Its not really the leaves turning or the days getting shorter or the anticipation of the holiday season that does it for me, its the fact that I can get almost any GD thing I want in pumpkin flavor or pumpkin scent.  Lattes, coffees, bagels, cream cheese, bread, BEER*, smoothies, candles, cookies, pies, and conditioner!

Wait, did you just say conditioner?  I sure did.  Pumpkin contains over 100 beneficial nutrients and exceptionally high in beta carotene thus making it it an ideal ingredient for hair products.

I nabbed a recipe for a DIY pumpkin deep conditioner from NaturallyCurly.com and gave it a whirl!  Here’s the run down of why Natural Selection gives pumpkin a double thumbs up all around and discovered the art of bantu knotting.


  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin – you can either use puree from the innards of your soon-to-be tossed Jack-o-Lantern, a can of pumpkin puree, or baby food.
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of honey


  • Put all ingredients in to bowl and mix well
  • Separate hair in sections and smooth from root to tip throughout entire head
  • Once entire head has been pumpkin-ified, put on a showercap and leave on hair for about 20-30 minutes


Well, immediately upon reading this ingredients list, I knew this was going to be one of my TASTIEST homemade conditioners and I was spot on about that.  Yum!  But we’re not here to cook, we’re here to condition.

Moving on.

Upon putting this stuff on my hair, my curls were loving it.  Sure they were festooned in orange colored seasonal goop, but I could see there was some good stuff going on with this conditioner in terms of softening and clumping.

After I rinsed the Pumpkin Goodness out of my hair, I hopped out of the shower to find an immaculately defined head of hair.  Nary a strand of frizz (or potential frizz in sight!)  I plopped for a couple minutes to get the drippies off and then applied a leave in conditioner.  I used Oyin Handmade’s Juices’n’Berries because its a spritz and I didn’t want to disturb the coils.  But then I went back into the bathroom to clean up the pumpkin carnage  (ok, look, applying conditioner can be a messy process, its just that when its bright orange, it looks a bit more severe than normal) and noticed that there were still little pumpkin clumpies stuck in my hair.  So back in the shower I went, this time rinsing really really well to be sure to get it out.

Then I sat around and waited a couple hours to let my hair dry before going to bed.  Its too bad that I was going to have to do something for the night time because I would have loved to let my coilies air dry all the way through to really see their frizz free condition.  But I decided to just put my hair in big braids and go to bed to have a stretched fro in the morning.

Almost dry hair....

So as I start to braid my hair, I notice that there’s STILL pumpkin chunks all stuck up in my hair!  Oh no. oh no. oh no. oh no.  It was much too late to get BACK in the shower and redry my hair.  And I needed a style that could kind of mask the pumpkin for a bit.  So, uh, I selected BANTU KNOTS as weapon of choice.  I had never done them before, but I think they turned out alright.  I can’t wait to fully experiment with this style because I can tell that with proper detangling and parting these things will be ON POINT.

As for the pumpkin conditioner.  Well, aside from its tendency to linger, I would definitely try it again, but instead used baby food and/or a blender to make sure that the mixture is as creamy as can be.  I think that the yogurt additive is what caused the frizz-freedom, but my hair has never emerged from a deep conditioner in a shinier state and I think that massive dose of beta-carotene that is found in pumpkins are responsible for that one.  I highly recommend you try this this one out, after all, it time to get in the autumn spirit by celebrating with decorative gourds!

**Other Bomb Pumpkin Stuff:

  • Favorite Pumpkin Beer:  Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.  IT. IS. SO. GOOD.
  • Fave pumpkin foodstuffs: Bruggers Bagels has pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese and pumpkin coffee.  deewishis.
  • Smoothies: The J-J (Jamba Juice.  Yes I know what that sounds like.) has a pumpkin smoothie.  It’s ok.  Not good. Not bad,  Ok.
  • Lattes: Peets, Caribou or Starbucks generally have a pumpkin caffeinated beverage
  • Pies: the one that you’re making and bringing over to my house!  Woo!  Can’t wait!!  I’ll provide the cool whip!


Make sure you read this follow up post about the pumpkin conditioner before you make the same mistake I did.  I will say that I DO love this conditioner, but read the follow up…

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  4. I did this recipe too but what I did was strain the mixture through a sieve before I put it on (I didn’t get any bits in my hair so maybe this was why). If you do it again it may be worth trying that just to see if it helps.

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  6. LOL I don’t know why I feel so wary about pumpkins, but I do! I keep thinking “pumpkin? in my HAIR?” Your hair looked so nice afterward though. Maybe I should take a risk and try it… I’ll definitely be using a blender though. lol!

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