Five ingredients for healthy hair
Written by Ayesha Khan
It’s no secret that chemicals are bad for the hair, causing weakening, split ends, dulling, and even hair loss. These five ingredients will make any hair product infinitely more effective. What’s more, they can even be used in their natural form as a fun DIY home hair treatment.
Whether coconut, extra virgin olive, castor, or even shea butter, oils are emollients. This means they bond to the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and preventing moisture loss, which can cause annoying frizz and dry, coarse-looking hair.
Loaded with vitamins A, D, and E, and more potassium than a banana, this is a great tonic for hair growth when slathered onto the scalp, as it’s easily absorbed into the skin.
This miracle ingredient is the closest in composition to our natural hair oils, and will actually trick the oil glands of those with oily hair into producing less oil. It’s perfect for dried-out ends as well.
This cooling ingredient will soothe an irritated scalp, promote hair growth, and lessen hair loss. You can mix some pure aloe vera gel into your shampoo or conditioner, or just massage directly onto the scalp, leaving in for 23 hours before rinsing off.
A natural antiseptic, honey also acts as a humectant. This means it will attract and bind water to itself, leaving the hair cuticle hydrated and happy, and, more importantly, less oily.
Aveda Sanskrit for ‘all knowledge’ – was developed in 1978 in founder Horst Rechelbacher’s kitchen sink, when he created a clove shampoo based on the knowledge of Ayurveda he acquired on a trip to India. Nearly 40 years later, Aveda has a vast network of salons and retailers around the world, as well as several cosmetology institutes. The brand, known as the maker of the world’s first hairspray with a net-zero impact on the environment, was also the first privately owned company to sign the Ceres Principles, a set of guidelines designed to make businesses more environmentally responsible. The brand’s Invati collection has been shown to reduce hair loss and is made with 97% all-natural Ayurvedic ingredients such as turmeric and ginseng. Invati Shampoo, Conditioner, and Revitalizer kit US$114.