Having lush beautiful hair requires maintenance, and what you put into your hair routine makes all the difference. There are an abundance of exotic oils and natural ingredients used in hair products, but there are a handful of natural ingredients that can make your scalp and hair healthier with beautiful shine. We need to embrace our natural hair texture rather you have straight, curly, or wavy hair, please handle your hair with love. Below is a list of seven popular ingredients in natural hair products to keep your scalp and hair looking healthy with shiny texture:
1. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is a do-it-all ingredient for hair, skin, and body. It is rich in lauric acid, which is a type of fatty acid that can be easily absorbed through the skin. Unlike other natural oils, coconut oil penetrates deep into the scalp to relieve itching and irritation. Not only does coconut oil moisturizes your hair and scalp, but it also acts as a sealant to lock in proteins. In fact, it is clinically proven to reduce protein loss in hair which usually happens as our hair ages. Did we mention that coconut oil can also restore dull hair to a bright new shine? If having dry, damaged, dull, or frizzy hair is not your thing, then coconut oil can be your new best friend. Many natural hair products contain 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 for naturals. Coconut oil can also be used as a leave-in conditioner for thicker textured hair. Because the natural hair oils have difficulty sliding down the curls, you will need to use an abundant amount of coconut oil.
“There are an abundance of exotic oils and natural ingredients that are used in hair products, but there are a handful of nautral ingredients that can make your scalp and hair healthier with beautiful shine.”
2. Argan Oil:
Used in traditional Moroccan beauty regimens and, also cooking, argan oil is jam-packed with vitamin A, C, and especially vitamin E along with omega-6 fatty acids. Vitamin E helps to improve the shine and elasticity of hair and skin, but it also boosts hydration that is essential for hair. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants that fight damage caused by free radicals, but also damage that results from over-washing hair and use of haircare products. It is ideal to use argan oil for curly hair, but any type of hair can use its goodness since argan oil is also known to reduce inflammation of the scalp, which can use itchiness and dandruff.
3. Avocado Oil:
Another favorite of ours, Avocado oil’s lightness makes it easier to coat hair without weighing it down. It is rich in vitamins A, D, and E but also potassium and oleic acids. Hence, it penetrates the hair follicles and can be used as conditioner.
4. Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is renowned for its cleansing and hair growth properties. The oil itself should be diluted before applying to hair, and acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Such properties help tea tree oil to cleanse the hair follicles and unclog pores that might be harboring bacteria and chemical buildup. No wonder it is the best natural treatment for hair growth and dandruff. Tea tree oil has also been clinically shown to reduce unwanted hair growth.
5. Shea Butter:
High in fatty acids, shea butter is an emollient — meaning it provides a layer of oil on top of the surface of a hair strand, significantly reducing the amount of moisture (water) lost. This is what Naturally Curly girls mean when using products like this to “seal” their hair.
6. Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera can be used to promote hair growth, stop hair loss, and treat scalp problems. The easiest way to use aloe vera is to mix some aloe vera gel into your shampoo or conditioner. You can also apply aloe vera gel into your scalp and gently massage it in before rinsing it off. You should notice an improvement in the condition of your scalp and hair in about two to three months. Make sure to leave the aloe gel or juice on for at least two hours before rinsing or washing your hair. This treatment also works to promote hair growth, since aloe vera contains an enzyme that stimulates hair follicles.
7. Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba is another humectant perfect for adding to damaged ends. Because it is remarkably like your natural hair oils, jojoba oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, aiding overproducing glands that cause oily hair. Jojoba is also non-greasy and will give your hair a healthy and natural shine.