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Natural Hair care

Just like our body and our skin, we need to look after our hair and keep it healthy and nourished. We can do this by switching to a natural hair care regime. Toxic ingredients, such as parabens, alcohol and sulfates, that are in hair care products can be harmful and damaging to our hair and scalp. What we put on our hair is absorbed through our scalp, and into the bloodstream. If you wash your hair daily, you are getting a daily dose of toxicity.

Natural hair care products that contain only naturally derived ingredients are kind and gentle to the hair and scalp. They also contain ingredients that are nourishing for the hair, keeping it healthy and shiny. Certain natural ingredients target certain hair issues. For example, aloe vera or shea butter are particularly good at aiding dry or frizzy hair.

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the best natural ingredients for hair

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits for the hair, and is one of my favourite ingredients for hair care. It’s hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. Therefore, it’s able to deeply penetrate the hair. It has also been shown to reduce protein loss caused by blow drying and brushing.

Curly and frizzy hair can particularly benefit from coconut oil, as it hydrates the hair, and keeps curls soft and smooth.

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Coconut Oil

2. Argan Oil

Argan oil is made up of nourishing compounds such as vitamin E, oleic acid and linoleic acid. It has been shown to make hair healthier, shinier and softer.

Argan oil is particularly beneficial to colour treated hair. A study from 2013 has shown that argan oil was effective at reducing protein loss and fixing the damage that has been caused by colouring the hair.

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Argan Oils

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is great for keeping the hair hydrated, so it’s especially good for dry hair. It’s beneficial for the scalp aswell as the hair. Other beneficial properties from this versatile plant include it being antibacterial and antifungal. It therefore reduces fungus from the scalp, resulting in reduced dandruff.

Aloe vera is known to contain collagen, which can help repair damaged hair. Other benefits from aloe vera include helping with greasy or oily hair, promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss.

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Aloe Vera

4. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil contains nourishing compounds such as vitamin B and vitamin E. It is known to keep the hair healthy, smooth and shiny. Avocado oil is full of antioxidants, which can help protect the hair from environmental pollutants. It can also help to heal the damage caused by these pollutants such as dry hair and brittleness.

Avocado oil makes for a great leave-in conditioner. Applying it to the hair wet before drying is advised as it also helps protect against heat damage. It’s shown to help restore strength and moisture, making it a great treatment for dry and frizzy hair.

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Avocado Oil

5. Shea Butter

Shea butter is great for dry hair. It’s high in fatty acids, and provides good nourishment and moisture to the hair. Using shea butter provides a layer of oil on top of the surface of the hair. This locks in moisture, gives it a nice shine and sets the hair, a bit like a hairspray effect.

Very beneficial for curly hair prone to dryness and frizz.

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Shea Butter

6. Jojoba Extract

Jojoba is very similar to our natural hair oils. Therefore it can be used to balance the oil production at the scalp, reducing oily or greasy hair, leaving it with a healthy glowing shine. It’s also very beneficial for damaged hair. It’s especially good for fixing damaged ends.

For an intensive treatment you can apply all over the scalp to the roots, around 15 drops should do it, and leave it on overnight. Sleep with a towel on your pillow to avoid staining, and rinse off in the morning using shampoo and conditioner.

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Jojoba Oil

7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil has many benefits for the hair. You can use it as a pre shampoo, or deep conditioner, to leave your hair healthier and stronger. It works to fix damaged hair, and is great for dry and frizzy hair, as it seals in moisture, hydrating the hair. Also beneficial for promoting hair growth, and curing irritations such as itchy scalp.

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Extra virgin olive oil

8. Macadamia Oil

Macadamia oil is beneficial for dry and frizzy hair, and hair that suffers with split ends. It hydrates and tames the hair, leaving it healthier, shinier and smooth. It also helps to protect against hair damage and breakage. Applying it to the ends after shampoo and conditioning will protect the hair from splitting ends.

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Macadamia oil

9. Honey

Honey is full of antioxidants which prevents the hair from damage and keeps the scalp healthy. It also has antibacterial properties which helps soothe scalp issues like dandruff and eczma. Honey is another ingredient that holds in moisture and hydrates the hair. It makes a great moisturiser for the hair, and locks in shine.

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Raw Honey

10. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for keeping the hair and scalp healthy. It can rehydrate and nourish the scalp eliminating signs of dandruff. It’s especially good for scalp conditions and skin irritations on the head and scalp. As it restores the health of the scalp, this will promote new hair growth.

Tea tree oil needs to be added to a carrier oil before applying to the hair and scalp.

Always dilute it to avoid irritation.

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Tea tree oil

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