We hear a lot about ingredients to avoid these days. Whether it be in our skincare, make-up, packaged foods, the list is ever-growing. While it’s important to know the things that are harmful and damaging, it’s also just as important to know the things that are good for our health.
Take your hair for example. I’m willing to bet that there are some foods that you just love to see on your plate and you would happily go back for seconds. Why should your hair be any different?
There are some ingredients that our hair will absolutely eat up. From shine to strength, growth to hydration, these are some of our hair’s favourite foods.
Extra virgin olive oil is an emollient, meaning that it creates a layer of oil over the surface of the hair follicle. This aids in the retention of moisture and will help to counteract dry and damaged hair. Olive oil can be used as a pre-shampoo or a deep conditioner to help seal the follicle and leave it super soft.
Being high in fatty acids, shea butter is another emollient and helps to keep hydration locked in.
Good old coconut oil is super popular these days and for good reason. It seals in moisture and can encourage stronger, shinier hair. Its most often used as a leave-in conditioner and, being a heavier oil, is perfect for thicker or curly hair.
Vegetable Glycerin is a humectant. This means it attracts and binds water particles to itself. Because of this it is great for boosting your hydration levels. It also acts as an emollient as well so works in keeping the moisture it instils.
Jojoba oil is very close to our own natural hair oils so it is easily absorbed. It helps to balance your natural oil production which means less greasy hair! As a humectant, it’s perfect for damaged hair and prevent split ends. It’s light weight and non-greasy so is suitable for straight and flat hair as well!
Although it’s overlooked all too often, aloe vera is fantastic in promoting hair growth while also treating various scalp issues. Massage it into the scalp and leave for an hour or so before rinsing off for help calm and treat any irritations.
Being easily absorbed, avocado is a fast and efficient way of packing lots of nutrients, such as vitamins A, D, E and potassium, directly into the hair and scalp. This leaves hair shiny and promotes growth.
Although less commonly known, babussa oil is a fantastic, lightweight alternative to coconut oil for those who find the latter too heavy for their locks. Babussa oil soaks in very quickly and can be used as a leave-in treatment. It works to nourish the hair and scalp while also holding anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial proprieties, making it great at dealing with dandruff and other scalp issues. Babussa oil is also a great emollient which we know helps to lock in moisture to the follicle!
Castor Seed Oil:
While we’ve written about the beauty benefits of castor seed oil before, it can be a very effective way to attract and hold moisture to the hair. It also has anti-fungal properties which can assist with a number of scalp issues and creates, overall, better health and growth for your hair.
Which of these ingredients do you feed your hair on a regular basis?
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