5 ingredients every Naturalista should look for in hair products

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Not everything is bad out there. It’s all about knowing what ingredients are good and healthy for your body and their concentration level in the product.

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All of the below great ingredients should be listed within the top six ingredients of your product. Any lower than the top six ingredients and your hair may not reap the full benefits.

Shea Butter 

This butter is extracted from the nut fruit of the Karite tree in West Africa. It is said to restore moisture to dry and brittle hair, prevent breakage and split ends, and promote general healthy hair growth. No wonder it’s a serious favourite in the veteran natural hair community. How To Use It – Apply this butter to damp hair in order to seal in moisture and leave the hair soft. You may also use shea butter on the ends of your hair to prevent split ends and as a general styling product.

Aloe 

This natural moisturiser is found in many shampoos and pomades. It helps to restore or maintain a healthy moisture balance. It can also soothe a dry and itchy scalp. The healing properties of aloe are amazing, so don’t be afraid to apply this directly to a sore scalp. How To Use It – Add aloe to a spray bottle with water and a natural oil of your choice for a homemade spray moisturiser.

Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is an all-natural vegetable derived preservative used in hair products to prevent other oils from going off. It’s highly regarded for it’s moisturising properties and is easily absorbed by the hair. How To Use It – Add a few drops of this naturally preserving oil to any of your hair oil mixtures and use as often as you like.

Jojoba Oil 

Jojoba oil most closely resembles sebum, the oil that the scalp produces naturally. It adds natural shine and soothes the scalp without weighing the hair down. An extremely light but beneficial natural oil is hard to come by, that’s why this oil is a bit pricey, but well worth the extra bucks. How To Use It – Apply directly to a dry scalp or add a small amount to the hair from root to tip in order to restore the hairs natural shine.

Wheat Protein 

You’ll often find wheat protein in shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for damaged hair. It’s derived from wholewheat and adds shine to dry and distressed hair. Wheat protein is also great for those consumers suffering from excessive breakage. How To Use It – A conditioning treatment with wheat protein high in the list of ingredients will serve as a great strengthening protein treatment. Use this conditioner weakly and follow up with moisture.

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