One of the biggest changes in my life right now is eating better. Since, this will take up a lot of my time, I love to incorporate the items I am working on to spill over into my haircare. It just makes life easier for me. When I add new items to my food list, I often look for those same items in my hair routine. I”m currently using Butternut Squash in my veggie medley and in my smoothie had to share just how amazing this winter squash will be for your tresses.
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I’m a lover of healthy foods (when I’m in my right mind) and as of late, I’ve been a good girl! I’ve been recently noticing my hair has some serious sheen going on and had to find out what was giving me all this love. I discovered my new fave add-on in my smoothie was to blame and started investigating on why something so tasty in my smoothie was so lovely in my hair too.
This pear-shaped veggie has been used in soups and casseroles throughout the world but don’t skimp on what it can do for your tresses. Sure, it’s got antioxidantsm dietary fiber and phytonutrients but its claim to fame comes from the massive amounts of vitamin A. Just one cup of butternut squash provides a whopping 437% percent of your vitamin A for a day!
What’s so great about vitamin A when it comes to your hair? Vitamin A helps to moisturize hair by producing sebum which keeps your hair follicles from drying out. It promotes growth and development, including cell growth and Beta-Carotene (which often turns into vitamin A) is a pigment that’s crucial for promoting hair to grow by reducing breakage.
Items to add to your hair treatments with Butternut squash
One serving of butternut squash also provides over 50 percent of the required vitamin C intake for a day. Vitamin C helps build and maintain collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. MedicalNewsToday
Now, simply eating this amazing veggie will do your tresses some good, but we are among some die-hard DIYers who love a good hair recipe so I’ve got a great one from NC for a winter DC treatment and a scalp treatment for dandruff.
Squash Deep Conditioner
½ large winter squash (spaghetti, acorn, pumpkin)
3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
¼ cup of plain yogurt
Cook squash until the shell is soft enough to remove all inner contents. After peeling the squash, mash all the inner contents.
Combine yogurt and honey with squash. Mix until smooth. Apply mixture to damp hair and apply a plastic shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Butternut Squash Scalp Treatment
½ Winter Squash
Rosemary essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Tea tree oil
Cook squash until the shell is soft enough to remove all inner contents and begin to peel. Once peeled mash well. Add 3 to 10 drops of rosemary, peppermint and tea tree oil and stir well into the mashed squash. Apply to dry scalp and allow to set for 5 minutes. Massage scalp with a rounded comb or a shampoo brush. Rinse and wash hair and style as normal.
Whether you eat it or apply it to your hair, winter squash is a big winner for your tresses. Make sure to let me know if you start using this and share your experiences below!