Not only do Thanksgiving staples like cranberry, pumpkin and sweet potato taste good, they can work wonders on your hair. Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in New York, gave us some easy recipes to turn your leftovers into healthy hair treatments. Plus, it’s a perfect weekend project if you’re avoiding the Black Friday madness.

Cranberry For Color
Cranberry juice enhances natural red hair and adds a temporary red tint to other colors. White recommends using a cranberry juice rinse as an all-natural hair color refresher. Here’s how:

Step 1: Wash and condition hair to remove any styling product residue.
Step 2: Dry hair completely and brush out.
Step 3: Tilt your head upside down and pour ½ cup of all-natural cranberry juice onto your locks. Use your fingers to blend the rinse throughout.
Step 4: Twist all of your hair on top of your head and secure with a hair clip.
Step 5: Blow dry hair on the lowest heat setting until all of the cranberry juice is dry.
Step 6: Rinse the juice out using warm water.

Pumpkin For Moisture
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, which encourages the scalp to produce natural oils, and potassium, which can help promote hair re-growth. Pumpkin also makes a great moisturizer for dry hair. Here’s White’s recipe for a pumpkin-based deep conditioning treatment.


2 cups pumpkin (chopped and cooked)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon yogurt

Blend the pumpkin and yogurt. Then add the coconut oil and honey to create a smooth mixture. Apply to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap and let sit for fifteen minutes. Wash out with shampoo and conditioner.

Sweet Potatoes For Lush Locks
“Beta-carotene in foods is converted to Vitamin A in the body, and Vitamin A is necessary for all cell growth including hair growth,” White says. Since sweet potatoes are so rich in Vitamin A, this is one Thanksgiving food you shouldn’t feel guilty about piling on your plate.