A lot of hair care products are filled with ingredients that not only dry out the hair but also the scalp. Fortunately, there are a host of natural ingredients that you can use instead if you want to take good care of your hair. So whether you need help with moisturizing the hair, protecting it or treating issues like dandruff, check out this list.
1. Avocado oil
This natural ingredient acts as an emollient, that means using avocado oil can smoothen and soften hair. When you massage avocado oil onto your hair shaft, it hydrates it and prevent damage. Moreover, it can reduce breakage due to the fatty acids it contains. The antioxidants present in this ingredient protect the hair from environmental pollutants so it doesn’t become brittle when exposed.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil can deeply penetrate the hair and because it can repel water, it has been found to protect the hair cuticles against damage caused by regular hair washing. Wetting the hair can cause hair shaft swelling which leads to moisture loss. By applying coconut oil before you wet your hair, it prevents the swelling and damage.
3. Argan oil
Experts at Hair Cuttery can attest how argan oil decreases dryness in the hair due to the high levels of oleic acid, vitamin E and linoleic acid it contains. Applying argan oil makes the hair shiny and it’s especially helpful in protecting color-treated hair. Apply this ingredient after getting hair color to prevent dryness and damage.
The high amount of antioxidants in honey allows it to fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. Honey can prevent and even reverse hair damage caused by environmental pollutant exposure and sun exposure.
It also has humectant properties which helps the hair retain moisture and prevent breakage. Apart from this, it’s been found that honey can help treat dandruff by reducing itchiness and scaling.
5. Tea tree oil
This is not really for the hair but for the scalp. Tea tree oil contains anti fungal properties which help treat dandruff as well as reduce itchiness in the scalp. Be sure to dilute the oil before applying onto the scalp.
6. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is great for brittle hair to prevent it from breaking. It also has anti fungal and antibacterial properties which means it can help fight dandruff. Moreover, it’s been found to reduce excess oil in the follicle so if you tend to have greasy hair, aloe can help.
7. Castor oil
Castor oil contains vitamin E and fatty acids to nourish your hair and help it grow.
8. Almond oil
The high amount of biotin (B7) in almond oil has been found useful in revitalizing and strengthening the hair. It also protects the hair from the damage caused by pollutants and sun exposure.
9. Rice proteins
Applying rice protein into the hair has been found to increase hair volume and keep it hydrated. Use it as hair conditioner if you have fine hair.
10. Oat milk
Oat milk contains saponins which have cleansing properties and are great for removing excess oils and dirt on the hair and scalp. Additionally, oat milk is rich in antioxidants along with ferulic acid and vitamin E, all of which are found effective in reviving split ends and repairing damaged hair.
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