Friday, June 24, 2011

Top 10 Natural Ingredients for Your Hair

According to an article posted on naturallycurly.com here's a list of 10 natural ingredients that promote healthy hair:

1. shea butter
shea butter comes from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree found only in the tropics of Africa. When used in haircare shea butter acts as a scalp moisturizer (which natural hair desperately craves) and also helps to repair damaged hair. Shea butter can be purchased pure and raw from various street vendors and health food stores. Haircare products containing shea butter can also be found at your local beauty supply store


2. coconut oil
 like shea butter coconut oil also helps keep to seal hair's moisture, whether natural or via added products. In addition the oils and proteins found in coconut oil work well to help keep hair from losing protein, which is one of the major contributors to hair breakage and hair loss.

3.aloe vera gel/juice
aloe vera is a medicinal oil that has proven to be very helpful in health, skin and hair care. Aloe vera boosts your immune system and also acts as an antioxidant which we know promotes heart health. If your body is healthy, your hair will be healthy.

4. vegetable glycerin
simply put vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant (substance used to retain moisture). It can be found as an ingredient in several haircare products or can be purchased alone at your local vitamin or health food store.

5. jojoba oil
jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba tree. Like vegetable glycerin jojoba oil is a humectant. The oil can be mixed with conditioner to add extra moisture.  On dry hair it also adds shine and can be a protectant on damp hair before drying.  Jojoba oil also moisturizes the scalp, helping prevent dandruff

6. extra virgin olive oil
EVOO helps keep our hair soft and shiny. It can be added to your favorite shampoo or conditioner for that added touch. In addition there are several products on the market made with olive oil. I personally love products made by Organic Roots Stimualtor.

7. castor oil
we all know castor oil as the yucky stuff Nana or mommy made you drink to clean you out and keep you "regular" and such....but did you know that it's also good for your hair? It keeps our scalp clean and helps to strengthen thinning edges. So go grab a bottle and rub it in!!!

8. honey
 
now I've tried to add honey to my regimen by mixing it into my conditioner w/ a little olive oil. Though the mixture looked creamy and wonderful the results were disastrous. Or maybe I used too much???  According to the experts honey is good for adding shine to the hair.
Check out this link ---> Honey for the Hair

9. avocado/avocado oil
 avocados are good for more than just making a good guacamole. Not only do they promote hydration but they are packed full of vitamins and help with hair growth.

10. tea tree oil
perhaps one of the most popular ingredients in natural haircare tea tree oil is all the rave.  Just a drop of tea tree oil in a moisturizing shampoo will help to  encourage the flow of the body's own natural moisturizing oils, while clearing away nasty dead skin cells.

If you notice the underlying theme here is MOISTURE!!!!! No matter what your hair care regimen remember that moisturization is KEY. 

Be Blessed Beauties
  

To read the full article click the link --->Top 10 Natural Ingredients for Your Hair

2 comments:

  1. I am addicted to Coconut Oil! I use honey in my pre-poo's and it works wonders! I don't use an OD amount. I think you may have put too much. LOL.

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  2. I love olive oil...works WONDERS on my scalp...I want to try some other oils too. I also used honey in my shampoo once...FAIL lol...how do you use it?

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