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You know what? I love pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spiced candles, pumpkin spiced coffees, and even pumpkin spiced candy. I could drink pumpkin spiced flavored beverages year round. If there were a way I could buff into my skin the eternal scent of pumpkin spice, I would.

You get my pumpkin obsession.

And just when I thought I couldn’t get enough of pumpkin spice everything, I was introduced to the Pumpkin & Spice Hair Mask recipe from CURLS. I wanted to give it a try. I mean, why not?

To be clear, yes, I slathered real, live pumpkin all throughout my ‘fro. To solidify the foodie goodness, I followed it up with their new Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout cream. If this isn’t a cornucopia full of fall, I don’t know what is!

Seriously, someone tell me (although I know you can’t).

Unfortunately, I had not given my hair an all-natural conditioning treatment in a long time. It was definitely overdue, and this formula came at the right time. Check out the recipe for the Pumpkin & Spice Hair Mask:

The Prep

Prepping the mask was easy. I thought it would be difficult to find pumpkin, but it wasn’t. And just to be clear, I did NOT go scooping out a real pumpkin. I kindly showed myself to the aisle for pre-made pie filling. The brand I purchased didn’t have sugar in it, nor did it have added ingredients.

I eyeballed the measurements for the cinnamon and the honey, and I’m pretty sure I went overboard on both! I doubted that it would negatively affect the outcome. The pumpkin was easy to mix. And the mixture, with the coconut oil, organic honey, Greek yogurt, olive oil and cinnamon, whipped up nicely to a thick, mousse-like consistency after stirring it for a few minutes.

The Application

This Pumpkin & Spice Hair Mask smelled so good I was tempted to sample a taste! Of course, I didn’t sneak a spoonful, but please know that the limits of my restraint were thoroughly tested.

Applying the mask to my hair wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be. It was the same consistency as a heavy conditioning cream, so there weren’t any odd methods I needed to use to get it right. However, I didn’t start at the roots of my hair with this mask. I wasn’t sure how well it was going to rinse out, and I didn’t want to find chunks of old pumpkin up there days later. I started with the ends of my hair and worked my way up to just above my ears.

Achieving even coverage with the mixture was a little difficult, but I made sure I got as even of a coverage as possible without using a comb.

The Rinse

I waited much longer than the allotted time the mask recommended in order to ensure that it could fully do its thing in my hair. I let the mask sit for about an hour while I did other tasks and waited.

The first rinse was a clean one, as the mixture was pretty smooth and the majority of it washed away. ‘Bathing’ or submerging my hair in addition to rinsing was a good idea because there were remnants of the pumpkin throughout my hair. Once my hair was rinsed completely clean, I shampooed as normal using the CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo. To condition, I used their Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Instant Conditioner, which, by far, is the best conditioner you comb through that I’ve used.

The Outcome

My hair felt full, soft and puffy—in a good way. It smelled fantastic and was smoother than usual when damp. I think it’s too early to judge the effects of the actual pumpkin, but the scent put me in a great mood. My typically dry, frizzy hair retained the moisture from the oils and honey in the mask for quite some time.

The detangling process was easier than normal, and my hair had lots of slip. I attribute this to the added moisture and the CURLS conditioner. Because of this, my twist-out process went much faster than usual when I used the CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout Cream.

While I initially wasn’t expecting this to be more than a novelty hair experience, I’m thoroughly pleased with the way my hair feels. Will I run to the grocery store to stock up on pumpkin? Sure. It may not just be for my hair though, but for my sweet tooth too.

CURLS products retail for under $20 and can be found at most Target stores nationwide.

LaKrishia Armour believes every woman has the power to choose her own adventure. She writes about creativity, lifestyle, beauty and big ideas at

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