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Pumpkin Shampoo: What To Know Before You Buy

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In a beauty-obsessed world, fads rise and fall by the day. One day, viral headlines say that coffee will make our hair fall out and by the next, we’re all supposed to bathing in coffee for gorgeous hair. It’s hard to sort out the fact from the (very imaginative) fiction.

If you’ve been seeing pumpkin shampoo on your favorite beauty sites, you may be wondering just how real the proclaimed benefits are. The answer is this: there’s little scientific evidence that dunking your mane in canned pumpkin puree will help you regrow hair, moisturize, and kill frizz (although it might make a good snack).

Don’t let that stop you from enjoying hair-specific formulas scented like pumpkin pie or formulated with pumpkin seed oil, however. We love the scent of fall and the holidays as much as anyone else. The most important thing about whichever hair care regimen you follow: The products should help you accomplish your hair goals.

Before changing your hair routine, check in with your stylist to make sure you’re choosing products that support your hair goals and respect your color or texture. Read on for a few of our favorite shampoo picks formulated with pumpkin (and follow up with a nourishing hair treatment like Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture Nourishing Dry Hair Mask).

Acure Organics Mega Moisture Shampoo

Here’s looking at you, curly girls. If you’re interested in adding a pumpkin-themed product to your routine, try Acure Organics Mega Moisture Shampoo. Formulated with both argan oil and pumpkin, this hydrating shampoo was designed with dry, damaged, and curly hair in mind. If the idea of an affordable vegan shampoo has you already reaching for your credit card, we totally understand.

Acure Organics Mega Moisture Shampoo, $8.00 MSRP

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo

It may still be the dog days of summer, but something about the weather has us pining for cozy sweaters and toasty, steaming beverages. The next best thing to an actual pumpkin latte is Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chair Restorative Shampoo. This gentle, creamy shampoo is formulated with vegetable-based cleansers to leave locks luscious, fresh, and bouncy.

As an added bonus, the fragrance—combining cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom notes—is heavenly. There’s no need to leave the house for a hot beverage when your hair smells this good. For best results, pair Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo with its complementary conditioner.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Restorative Shampoo, $17.00

EcoLove Shampoo Orange Collection

If you like to pay special attention to the products that go in and on your body, we recommend EcoLove Shampoo Orange Collection. It may not smell like a pumpkin latte, but don’t discount it quite yet. Wondering why this shampoo fits into the “orange” collection from EcoLove? It’s formulated with orange vegetable extracts including carrot, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The vegan shampoo is for normal to dry hair.

If you love this formula, be prepared to buy a lot of it: The Orange Collection contains a conditioner, hand soap, shower gel, and hair mask.

EcoLove Shampoo Orange Collection, $12.39 MSRP

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