Your inside of your local beauty supply store and you’re bombarded by products that offer everything you need, from a-z, to keep your tresses looking their best. But, how often do you turn the bottle around and actually look at the ingredients listing on the back. Can you pronounce some of the terms? Have you researched them to see how they care for and nourish your hair? If you said no, then like most people you’ve been shopping blind and that’s the worst thing to do, especially when it comes to hair and skin health. For the other 2% that carefully pick and choose their products based on what’s inside, your notice that the following ingredients are essential for healthy, happy hair! Take a look below, are these listed on your favorite products?
1. Jojoba Oil- This lightweight and odor free oil is extremely beneficial to having healthy hair. It helps with dry scalp, adding shine, elasticity and softness to your hair and hydrates the hair from inside of the hair shaft. The secret behind jojoba oil is its similar structure to sebum (which we naturally produce). Over time due to excessive washing or chemical processes (i.e relaxers, color treatments etc) our production of sebum dramatically decreases. Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum and it’s molecular structure and chemical proprieties are nearly identical. Simply put, when you use jojoba oil or products containing jojoba oil it helps to nourish our scalp and hair, just like the sebum we naturally secrete.
2. Aloe Vera- Great for soothing sunburn and protecting our skin, did you know that this plant also helps with hair care? Aloe has amazing moisturizing properties. It helps to maintain your tresses natural sheen and luster. How? Well, Aloe Vera contains more than 20 minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E that are essential for hair growth. It also has been shown to stop dandruff and reduce the effects of Alopecia.
3.Shea Butter- What’s not to love about Shea Butter?! It’s a natural conditioner for hair as well as skin. It also has amazing moisturizing properties and absorbs easily into the scalp without clogging pores. Definitely a must have for those battling dry, brittle hair. Another plus, Shea butter offers protection from heat and uv rays from the sun as well as a sealant for the hair to help lock in much needed moisture.
4. Coconut Oil- Another emollient perfect for sealing moisture into the hair. Coconut oil provides both shine and strength to locks, making it a popular ingredient in hair care products.
Coconut oil can also be used as a leave-in conditioner for thicker textured hair. Coconut Oil can also improve blood circulation when massaged into the scalp and contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
5. Vegetable Glycerin- Works great for dry and dull hair! Vegetable glycerin helps to re-hydrate your delicate tresses! It helps with split ends, softens hair and seals in moisture. However, too much glycerin cans leave you with flaky hair so a little goes a long way!