Don't Know What To Do With Your Leftover Pumpkin?

Halloween is over, and that usually means a few sad-looking Jack-O-Lanterns lying around, destined for the trash. But before you throw them out, there could be a much more beneficial way to deal with your leftover gourd!

Pumpkin is actually a natural and powerful way to encourage hair growth, and restore long, luscious locks! So while it's the season, we thought we'd explain exactly how it works and how you can use to get stronger, thicker hair! 

How does pumpkin help with hair growth?

When it comes to plant-based oils, they have a great reputation for their healthy fats and benefits.

One of the main studies about pumpkin seed oil for hair growth was carried out in 2014. The participants were a group of men with pattern baldness, half of which took pumpkin seed supplements and the other half took a placebo. Those who had taken supplement experienced 30% more hair growth than the other group!

It's argued that the reason why pumpkin seed oil helps hair growth is that it contains includes phytosterols. These act a little like cholesterols, but they show only positive health benefits. Phytosterols work by blocking the enzymes and hormones in your scalp which cause hair loss, slowing the process down. 

Pumpkin flesh is also full of minerals such as potassium and zinc which work to help to keep hair healthy and encourage hair re-growth. Zinc helps to encourage collagen production, which stimulates dying hair follicles and encourages stronger re-growth. It also includes folate, a B vitamin that helps to stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp.

How to use pumpkin for hair growth...

So, now you know the wonders that pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin flesh can do for your hair, here's how to get it into your routine!

Using Leftover Pumpkin Flesh:

Rather than throwing out your discarded pumpkin flesh, why not turn it into a nourishing hair mask, which will help restore shine and boost growth?! Simply mash the pumpkin flesh with a carrier oil (either coconut or castor oil), apply to your hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Wash out thoroughly, and repeat once a week for best results! 

Pumpkin Seed Oil Supplements:

Supplements are normally in the form of oil gel capsules. Follow the instructions which are provided with the supplements, which usually states around taking them 2 or 3 times a day if the capsule is around 1000mg! It means it's really easy to get into your routine and should show results after around 8 weeks. 

Topical Pumpkin Seed Oil:

You can apply pumpkin seed oil directly to your scalp. Usually, this works best as a hot oil treatment, done around once a week to once a month. (If used too much your hair could become oiler over time.)

1. Shampoo your hair like normal, don’t put any additional products in afterward

2. Warm the pumpkin seed oil with a double boiler and test it on the inside of your wrist to make sure it is warm, and not too hot

3. Wet your hair and massage the oil into your scalp, it should feel pleasantly warm, not hot

4. Afterward, wrap your hair in a hot towel and sit with it on for at least 20 mins

5. Remove the towel, shampoo as usual and continue with your usual hair routine.

Our Verdict 

Although there hasn’t been extensive research into what pumpkin seed oil can do for your hair, it’s a safe treatment which will definitely increase the strength and quality of your hair over time. For signs of hair growth, it will take around 6-8 weeks. If you experience any itchiness or redness, stop using the oil and consult a doctor if your symptoms worsen. 

For more natural alternatives for hair growth

One of the most popular and widely used natural alternatives for hair growth is Castor Oil. Castor Oil has been used for hundreds of years to encourage healthy hair growth and is a key ingredient in so many hair care products on the market. It works by stimulating hair follicles and encouraging the optimum scalp environment for hair growth!

Our Castor Oil is made from the highest-quality pressed castor plan, with no added additives or preservatives, meaning it will have some of the most beneficial effects on your hair and scalp! For a limited time 30% discount off our Castor Oil, click through this link!

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