When it comes to the ideal head of hair, it’s a perpetual journey to strike the right balance. Many people either struggle with overproducing or under-producing oil. One causes greasy, heavy hair, the other leads to dry, brittle hair. You buy a product for one problem, only to eventually welcome another problem in most cases. Other factors such as nutrition, toxic products, blood flow, chemicals in shower water, and overall toxicity play large roles as well. It’s a combination of factors that cause a lack of adequate nourishment.
Dry, brittle hair can be a stubborn condition to remedy. It requires a combination of good internal nutrition, scalp massages, and truly hydrating, nourishing oils. Many oils don’t have the right combination of nutrients to really get the job done. Some leave the hair overly greasy, heavy, and worse than before. Here are several natural products that may help nourish hair that is dull, dehydrated, weak, and in desperate need of nourishment.
Baobab Seed Oil
Baobab oil is a deeply hydrating oil that comes from the famous baobab tree in Africa. It is a strong, resilient, highly revered tree in because of the nutrition it provides, even during droughts. The oil is pressed from the seeds, which contain omega fatty acids, vitamin E, D, A, and more. The compounds help to nourish the scalp, heal skin cells, and hydrate hair. Moreover, baobab oil nourishes and hydrates without weighing hair down or causing greasiness.
Watermelon Seed Oil
Just like watermelons are known to be one of the most hydrating fruits, the same goes for the seed oils. The oils extracted from watermelon seeds are great at hydrating and balancing dry, brittle hair. The fatty acids and plant sterols help to calm down inflammation, fight hormonal hair loss, and guard against dehydration. Furthermore, they help add texture and shine without any greasy residue. In addition, watermelon seed oil may also help to balance sebum production.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Meadowfoam has unique fatty acids that help to hydrate and strengthen dry, brittle hair. The eicosenoic long-chain fatty acids have the ability to improve shine, texture, and texture over time. They are highly resistant to heat and oxidation, which can help protect hair from the humidity and the elements. Moreover, meadowfoam oil coats the hair and locks in hydration without causing greasiness.
Emu & Ostrich Oil
These two oils are rich in nourishing and repairing fats that help to soothe dryness. The molecular profile allows them to be easily incorporated into the skin’s structure, causing lasting hydration. Some have said that emu oil may stimulate dormant hair follicles. Although it is unlikely to cause the regrowth of hair, some people have noticed thicker, fuller hair. The word on the street is that ostrich oil may be superior to emu because of its smaller molecular size, which improves penetration. In addition, it may be slighter richer in the nourishing fats and nutrients that cause the positive effects.
Fenugreek & Marshmallow Root
Fenugreek and marshmallow root are both excellent herbs to provide nutrients and moisture to dry, brittle hair. The lecithin and other nutrients in fenugreek help nurture hair that’s been deprived for years. Marshmallow root, being a mucilaginous herb, provides much needed nutrition and hydration. Combining some of the oils mentioned above with these two herbs as a hair mask may greatly benefit those suffering with dry, brittle hair.
Being consistent is very important when it comes to restoring hair. Although some people may see results quickly, most situations may require more patience. Nourishing the body internally and doing scalp massages is also very helpful. That way, the nutrition you saturate your body with can effectively reach the hair follicles. Supplementing with certain nutrients such as rice ceramides, collagen, bamboo extract, biotin, and others may be very helpful in restoring dry, brittle hair over time.