|Moisture, where art thou?: Hairsday’s Hair Guide|
|Posted on Aug 09, 2012 by Songstress|
As much as we’d love for it to keep it’s volume, elasticity, figure-shape, and style, things happen, and our hair must retreat to that of a less flattering appearance.
Yet, take a second to think to yourself. What is it that keeps our hair so lively and bodied; so sheer and beautiful?
Think about it. Our hair is exposed to so much during each day and each night.
Sometimes we are not as intuitive to what our hair really needs in order to look, feel, and be at it’s best.
Though, do not give up hope tresses in distress!
1. Water -
2. Jojoba Oil - Whether you suffer from hair loss, greasy hair or just dry and damaged hair, jojoba oil can definitely help you out. Its versatility makes it one of the most used ingredients in hair products like shampoos and conditioners and its influence is still growing stronger and stronger in the natural hair and skin industry.
3. Coconut Oil - Coconut oil has been in use as hair oil for ages and it has shown remarkable results. Certain components in it keep the hair strong, vitalized, nourished and protected from effects of ageing.
Coconut Oil has high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not broken down easily nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape thus keeping hair moistened and soft. This prevents breakage of hair. Coconut Oil is a far better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available in the market.
One of the most responsible reasons behind hair loss is microbial action on the scalp and hair roots. To protect hair against them, an antimicrobial agent is needed. Lauric Acid, which is present in coconut oil is a strong antimicrobial agent.
The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti dandruff agents and are way better than any anti dandruff shampoo. A regular application can help you get rid of your moisture deprived dandruff forever.
4. Olive Oil - After long exposure to dry indoor or outdoor heat, our hair needs some nourishing relief! Here’s the simple solution. The use of olive in your scalp will result in healthier, more manageable hair and a really clean, invigorated scalp. Olive oil nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity of your hair. Why, there couldn’t be an easier product that is both stress-reducing and health-promoting.
5. Shea Butter - Shea butter can benefit your hair and scalp in numerous ways. Also known as karite butter, shea butter is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite trees that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Shea butter is sometimes referred to as women’s gold because so many women are employed in its production.
6. Aloe Vera - Native Americans, Aloe VeraIndians and Caribbean Natives have been using aloe vera for ages in promotion of healthy hair, and to prevent hair loss. Aloe vera heals the scalp from the inside-out, balancing the pH of the scalp; also beneficial for the cleaning of pores. Aloe vera contains enzyme which are helpful in stimulating the growth of new hair. Aloe vera also consists of anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera gel mixed with coconut milk and a small amount of wheat germ oil can be used as a shampoo, providing excellent results.
Most aloe vera produced shampoos and conditioners contain the perfect combination of natural oils, shea butter, herbal extracts and vitamins. These products of aloe vera are suitable for all types of hair like dry, normal, thin and oily.
7. Natural Grain Alcohol - Natural grain alcohol is produced from the fermentation process of grains. It is much different from synthetic chemical alcohols because of the way that it naturally processes. Unlike synthetic alcohols, natural grain alcohol is non-abrasive, non-drying and actually helps to retain moisture in the skin and hair. Therefore, it doesn’t leave the hair or skin looking or feeling dry. Look for products that use organic, gluten free grain alcohol.
8. Sodium PCA - Humectants are ingredients that hydrate and hold moisture in the hair as well as skin. Sodium PCA is an incredible humectant that occurs naturally in the hair and is greatly responsible for the hair’s moisture-binding capacity. Sodium PCA is derived from 100% natural amino acids and is highly water absorbing. Due to its moisture-binding ability, this ingredient is used to increase the hair’s softness, as it helps maintain a healthy moisture balance.
9. Squalane - Squalane is a very light, but highly moisturizing oil. Derived from the olive fruit, this oil is 100% vegetable sourced. It is extremely compatible with our skin and hair’s own natural lipids. Due in part to the fact that human sebum is comprised of 25% Squalane – this allows squalane to be easily absorbed deep into the tissue of the skin and hair follicles. Use squalane for its incredible emollient action, its ability to be easily absorbed (which also draws additional nutrients into the hair) and its incredible protective action.
10. Vitamin B5 - Vitamin B5, or Panthenol, acts as a penetrating moisturizer, which is easily absorbed into the skin and hair. It assists the hair and skin in retaining it’s natural moisture. Vitamin B5 also helps the hair absorb moisture from the air and acts as a vitamin-based nutrient.
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