5 Natural Ingredients for Healthier Hair and Scalp
by Renz Paulo Rodriguez | 7 min read
Hair and scalp health is something that many people think about, but don't have a clear idea of how to improve it. This article lists 5 natural ingredients that can help you achieve healthier, more vibrant-looking hair and scalp.
- Sea Buckthorn Oil. Replenishes hair, locks in moisture, and helps reduce sebum and oil production.
- Argan Oil. Moisturizes hair and scalp, protects hair from damage, and helps reduce breakage and split ends.
- Prickly Pear Oil. Restores hair's natural shine, seals in moisture, and stimulates collagen production.
- Almond Oil. Smoothes hair texture, hydrates dull, dry hair, and strengthens hair.
- Manuka Honey. Seals in moisture, strengthens hair, and fights free radical damage from UV rays.
To learn more about these 5 of nature's finest ingredients, read further.
1. Sea Buckthorn Oil
The healthy properties of sea buckthorn have been recognized for centuries. It is extracted from the berries, leaves, and seeds of the sea buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides), which is a small shrub that grows at high altitudes in the northwest Himalayan region. This plant has a high content of bioactive compounds, including antioxidants, phytosterols, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and vitamins C, K, and E.
According to a 2017 article that talks about the abundance of active ingredients in sea-buckthorn oil, this oil contains lipids or fats that can remove excess oil from hair. This is one of the reasons why sea-buckthorn oil is often an ingredient in hair serums. The structure of people's hair is also supported by sea buckthorn oil, so it might be a helpful addition to hair care regimens that aim to protect hair from breakage or damage.
Vitamins present in Sea Buckthorn Oil help to replenish your hair, while its fatty acids keep the moisture inside—keeping your hair moisturized. Moreover, using Sea Buckthorn Oil on your hair helps to strengthen the hair follicles while encouraging hair growth. Your cuticles are also kept safe by this potent oil.
2. Argan Oil
Argan Oil is derived from the kernels of the argan tree, and can be used in the kitchen (as it typically is in Morocco, where its tree is native) or for cosmetic reasons. The oil itself can be found in its pure form, and because of its slew of beauty benefits, it can be applied topically to the skin, nails, and hair to hydrate and nourish.
This natural oil contains fatty acids, primarily oleic and linoleic acids, which moisturize hair and scalp, while its potent antioxidants provide a fatty layer to hair and scalp, which may help prevent dryness while reducing frizziness and increasing shine. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can assist in preventing or treating skin conditions, such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, which can affect the scalp, resulting in hair loss.
Additionally, according to Kevin Hughes, a bicoastal celebrity hairstylist and the artistic director at Moroccanoil, with its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E, the benefits of argan oil naturally help to increase hair's elasticity and consistently restore shine to dull, lifeless hair. While according to Mark Blake, a certified trichologist and member of the International Association of Trichologists, argan oil helps protect hair from mechanical stress, which means it stays looking healthy. The composition of argan oil may help to keep your hair healthy, even with hair styling and using hair dryer and curling iron.
3. Prickly Pear Oil
According to Schwartz Natural Cosmetics, Prickly Pear, also known as the sabra, opuntia, or barbary, is a cactus native to North America but has also been growing in Israel for more than 100 years. Despite its long history, consumers have only become aware of its amazing properties in recent years.
There is more Vitamin E oil present in prickly pear seed oil than in any other plant oil on the market, including argan oil. Your hair will receive the necessary hydration and moisture thanks to its vitamin E. Even in the driest and warmest conditions, prickly pear oil will aid in the retention of moisture in your hair. Moreover, its oleic acid holds water loss in skin and hair, which seals moisture into the hair and helps keep this moisture—allowing hair to be more flexible, softer, and supple.
The ability of palmitic acid to promote healing regeneration is well known. Palmitic acid, which is present in the oil, can treat skin conditions on the scalp like dermatitis, dryness, and even sunburn. Omega-6 and Omega-9 are additional important components of prickly pear seed oil. It has excellent hair regenerative properties that enable it to foster healthy scalp conditions while promoting hair growth.
4. Almond Oil
According to Healthline, almonds are nutritional powerhouses. They’re full of healthy fats, fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Almonds were originally grown in the Middle East. Today, California is the largest producer of almonds in the world. California’s almond production has doubled in the past 20 years. That’s because more and more people are becoming aware of the health benefits.
Hair can be strengthened and softened by this nourishing oil. Almond oil helps to maintain healthy, strong hair and nails because it is high in vitamin B-7, also known as biotin. With a natural SPF of 5, it can also help shield hair from sun damage. And because of its antibacterial and fungicidal properties, almond oil is effective at balancing the yeast that causes dandruff. Almond oil works well at hydrating the scalp and cleaning the hair follicles because it readily absorbs into the skin.
Almond oil can also be used to tame frizz and repair damaged hair. Before blow-drying, add a dime-sized amount or less to the ends of your hair to hydrate and reduce frizz. Additionally, almond oil has the ability to strengthen hair and reduce split ends. Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, is abundant in almond oil. When antioxidants protect your hair from environmental stress, your hair will look younger and healthier.
5. Manuka Honey
Lastly, Manuka Honey. This powerful honey is our favorite ingredient by a mile. We love what it does so much, that we named our company Honeyskin! All Honeyskin products contain raw Manuka honey sourced from New Zealand’s North Island. Here, the honey is produced by honey bees that pollinate the flowers of the native Manuka bush, which is then harvested by professional beekeepers.
Manuka Honey has been used for a very long time, since 'ancient' times to be precise, for its intrinsic antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Our raw Manuka Honey is organic, pure, never tested on animals, and completely free from any added substances or chemicals.
When it comes to hair care products, Manuka honey is one of the best ingredients that might help you achieve healthier hair and scalp. It is known for sealing moisture in, resulting in more shine, volume, and softness. Also, it helps you tame the frizz and define your curls. The benefits of manuka honey also include reduced breakage of the hair. This powerful ingredient, which contains a rich amount of antioxidants, can revitalize your hair while soothing the scalp.
Manuka honey actually contains protein, which can be used to heal and strengthen hair of all types. Moreover, the natural protein properties of Manuka honey can help with hair growth as it improves scalp health and fortifies individual hair strands. The abundant antioxidants can simultaneously strengthen hair follicles and repair scalp damage.
Our hair is one of our most prominent features. It defines our appearance and makes us stand out. The health of our hair affects our overall health as well as self-confidence and self-esteem. Hair can become dry and unmanageable, losing its luster and shape to the point that it starts breaking off or falling out. You can have healthy hair and scalp without the use of harsh chemicals or expensive regiments. When it comes to the health of your scalp and hair, you'll want to focus on natural ingredients instead of synthetic ones.
We at Honeyskin, couldn't stand by and watch cheap, harmful fillers and chemicals end up in exorbitantly priced products that claim to help your hair but are actually damaging your skin and hair even more. We decided to make a change by creating a truly high-quality hair care product that contains these five best ingredients nature has to offer. Honeyskin products have developed a sterling reputation for being beneficial to your skin and hair.
Introducing Honeyskin’s Newest Honey Nectar Hair and Scalp Elixir
Don't let dull locks and frizz ruin your look. Soothe, smooth, and illuminate all at once with our new lightweight Honeyskin Honey Nectar Hair and Scalp Elixir. Our luxurious hair growth oil stimulates hair growth while locking in moisture and smoothing frizz. Not only does this magical hair serum for frizzy and damaged hair give your hair shine & smooth frizz, but it also helps you achieve longer and voluminous hair.
- Made with a custom blend of natural & organic ingredients including Sea Buckthorn Oil, Argan Oil, Prickly Pear Oil, Almond Oil, and Manuka Honey, this hair oil for dry damaged hair leaves both hair & scalp feeling healthier. Unlike ordinary anti-frizz hair products, this highly effective hydrating hair growth serum & hair moisturizer, when used 2 to 3 times a week, will strengthen weak hair fibers to restore existing damage, hydrate & equalize hair's optimal moisture levels & seal the cuticle to prevent future split ends. Love & protect your locks with Honeyskin Honey Hair & Scalp Elixir.
- This all-purpose hair serum for frizzy and damaged hair not only protects your tresses against daily heat & hair styling products or from harmful UVA/UVB rays, but this hair oil can also be used as a pre-styling & finishing product. Our hair detangler serum is a great addition to your hair mask! This frizz control hair care product also softens hair & provides a natural shine—a multi-purpose finisher!
- Just rub your fingertips & hands together & massage oil onto your scalp & hair. It's best to do it at night or after showering. You can also create your own deep-conditioning hair mask by mixing Honey Elixir with your favorite hair conditioner. Manufactured in the USA & is safe for the entire family as it is made without harmful chemicals—free of paraben & sulfate. Suitable for all hair & scalp types, even those with fine hair.
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