Naturally Maximize Your Mane’s Moisture!
Through summer’s heat and humidity, to winter’s bitter cold and harshest conditions, our hair has been through it all.
Enduring climate change after drastic climate change, doing it’s best to keep composure and us looking gorgeous.
However, sometimes it isn’t always that simple for our hair.
And as much as we’d love for it to keep it’s volume, elasticity, figure-shape, and style, things happen, and our hair must retreat to that of a less flattering appearance.
Yet, take a second to think to yourself. What is it that keeps our hair so lively and bodied; so sheer and beautiful?
If moisture was the first thing that popped into your head, then you’re on the right track!
Think about it. Our hair is exposed to so much during each day and each night.
And outside of moisture continuously being pulled from it, there are the affects of air pollutants, the foods and liquids we ingest on a regular basis, harmful products, and so much else.
We don’t give each strand enough credit!
Sometimes we are not as intuitive to what our hair really needs in order to look, feel, and be at it’s best.
We instead acknowledge the need to go above and beyond, paying hyped expenses to achieve the results seen commercially. And while the looks aren’t completely far fetched, the ability for those products to provide those results, solely using them alone, mostly are.
Though, do not give up hope tresses in distress!
The solution to aiding many of our moisture deprived-doos aren’t that much further than that of our own kitchens and local super markets.
1. Water –
Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir. Simple washing rituals such as cool-water rinses add shine, as well as seal your hair’s cuticles for healthier hair.
Soft shower water, provided either naturally because of your dwelling location or by a filter, leaves hair more manageable because there are few mineral salts.
Though, and most importantly, hydrating from the inside makes hair and skin more luminous. Your hair will look healthier when it is properly hydrated by natural moisture. Water helps to replenish hair tissues, moisturize, and increases hair’s elasticity.
2. Jojoba Oil – Whether you suffer from hair loss, greasy hair or just dry and damaged hair, jojoba oil can definitely help you out. Its versatility makes it one of the most used ingredients in hair products like shampoos and conditioners and its influence is still growing stronger and stronger in the natural hair and skin industry.
Using jojoba oil moisturizes your scalp deep down to its pores and doesn’t evaporate, unlike other water-based moisturizers, thus sealing in the moisture. This causes an effective, deep and lasting moisturizing effect and balances the pH levels of your scalp. Jojoba oil helps control the sebum production of the scalp and helps promote a healthy shine to your hair, as well as regulates the flow of sebum in clogged pores. This way, it balances the amount of oil on your scalp perfectly.
Conditions like psoriasis and scalp dematitis, which may cause hair loss, can also be treated with jojoba oil because of its antifungal properties. Besides that, jojoba oil helps stimulate and promote new hair growth because it encourages the development of new hair cells and helps improve micro-circulation in the scalp.
3. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has been in use as hair oil for ages and it has shown remarkable results. Certain components in it keep the hair strong, vitalized, nourished and protected from effects of ageing.
Coconut Oil has high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not broken down easily nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape thus keeping hair moistened and soft. This prevents breakage of hair. Coconut Oil is a far better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available in the market.
One of the most responsible reasons behind hair loss is microbial action on the scalp and hair roots. To protect hair against them, an antimicrobial agent is needed. Lauric Acid, which is present in coconut oil is a strong antimicrobial agent.
Almost every aptly educated person knows the importance of vitamin-E for skin and hair. It keeps scalp and skin healthy and hair rejuvenated, and coconut oil happens to be a very high source of the E vitamin.
The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti dandruff agents and are way better than any anti dandruff shampoo. A regular application can help you get rid of your moisture deprived dandruff forever.
4. Olive Oil – After long exposure to dry indoor or outdoor heat, our hair needs some nourishing relief! Here’s the simple solution. The use of olive in your scalp will result in healthier, more manageable hair and a really clean, invigorated scalp. Olive oil nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity of your hair. Why, there couldn’t be an easier product that is both stress-reducing and health-promoting.
5. Shea Butter – Shea butter can benefit your hair and scalp in numerous ways. Also known as karite butter, shea butter is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite trees that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Shea butter is sometimes referred to as women’s gold because so many women are employed in its production.
Shea butter provides moisture to dry and damaged hair from the roots to the tips, leaving it healthy and shiny. Because it’s rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter soothes dryness, repairs breakage, and mends split ends.
Shea butter absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp without clogging pores, leaving a greasy residue, or causing a buildup of oil or dandruff. Shea has been know to help heal a variety of scalp problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It protects hair from weather damage caused by wind, humidity, and extreme dryness, and repairs such damage. Because it’s rich in moisture and can shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation, shea butter protects hair from sun damage. If your hair has endured chemical treatments, hot irons, and blow-dryers, shea butter can restore its moisture and vitality.
6. Aloe Vera – Native Americans, Aloe VeraIndians and Caribbean Natives have been using aloe vera for ages in promotion of healthy hair, and to prevent hair loss. Aloe vera heals the scalp from the inside-out, balancing the pH of the scalp; also beneficial for the cleaning of pores. Aloe vera contains enzyme which are helpful in stimulating the growth of new hair. Aloe vera also consists of anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera gel mixed with coconut milk and a small amount of wheat germ oil can be used as a shampoo, providing excellent results.
Most aloe vera produced shampoos and conditioners contain the perfect combination of natural oils, shea butter, herbal extracts and vitamins. These products of aloe vera are suitable for all types of hair like dry, normal, thin and oily.
7. Natural Grain Alcohol – Natural grain alcohol is produced from the fermentation process of grains. It is much different from synthetic chemical alcohols because of the way that it naturally processes. Unlike synthetic alcohols, natural grain alcohol is non-abrasive, non-drying and actually helps to retain moisture in the skin and hair. Therefore, it doesn’t leave the hair or skin looking or feeling dry. Look for products that use organic, gluten free grain alcohol.
8. Sodium PCA – Humectants are ingredients that hydrate and hold moisture in the hair as well as skin. Sodium PCA is an incredible humectant that occurs naturally in the hair and is greatly responsible for the hair’s moisture-binding capacity. Sodium PCA is derived from 100% natural amino acids and is highly water absorbing. Due to its moisture-binding ability, this ingredient is used to increase the hair’s softness, as it helps maintain a healthy moisture balance.
9. Squalane – Squalane is a very light, but highly moisturizing oil. Derived from the olive fruit, this oil is 100% vegetable sourced. It is extremely compatible with our skin and hair’s own natural lipids. Due in part to the fact that human sebum is comprised of 25% Squalane – this allows squalane to be easily absorbed deep into the tissue of the skin and hair follicles. Use squalane for its incredible emollient action, its ability to be easily absorbed (which also draws additional nutrients into the hair) and its incredible protective action.
10. Vitamin B5 – Vitamin B5, or Panthenol, acts as a penetrating moisturizer, which is easily absorbed into the skin and hair. It assists the hair and skin in retaining it’s natural moisture. Vitamin B5 also helps the hair absorb moisture from the air and acts as a vitamin-based nutrient.