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Lately, the ingredients list on your shampoo reads like your smoothie order. And that's a good thing. Coconut, aloe and other natural extracts contain exactly what your hair needs. Here we determine what everyone can do for you. (Just make sure you do not make any of these common shampoo mistakes.)
If you have scalp problems such as dandruff or itching, aloe may be your antidote. "It's wonderfully moisturizing and soothing," says Dr. Elham Eghbali, a cosmetic chemist in Germany. The succulent gel has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in amino acids and polysaccharides, all of which can help soothe an irritated scalp. You can scoop some gel from the inside of an aloe leaf and apply it to your moist scalp pre-shampoo. Another easy way to give your head a dose: After the Dove DermaCare Scalp Soothing Shampoo Soak Moisturizer ($ 6, ulta.com) into your roots and wait a few minutes before rinsing it off. (See: Is Customizable Hair Care the Future of Shampoo and Conditioner?)
You can already use this tropical-smelling ointment to grease a pan or moisturize your lips. If you do not put it on your hair, start with it. Coconut oil has a low molecular weight so that it can penetrate the hair shaft, says Perry Romanowski, a cosmetic chemist in Chicago. Its conditioning properties make hair more supple and unbreakable. "That's why it's ideal for weak, fragile strands," says Romanowski. One way to use it: Before you go to bed, melt a spoonful of coconut oil into your palms and flatten it through your hair, concentrating on the ends. Shampoo and condition in the morning. (Here's everything you need to know about coconut oil.)
"I like it before you go to the sauna or take a steam shower, because the steam helps absorb the product and deepens the hydration," he says Faith Huffnagle , the head of training for Prose Hair Care. You can also take advantage of coconut oil without any fat in your styling products. To moisturize and protect the hair from heat, spray the TIGI Copyright Care Heat Protector ($ 20, tigi.com) into all damp hair before drying with blow-dry.
Think of this as armor for your hair. Almond oil sits on the strand of hair and protects it from heat and chemical damage, says Romanowski. It is a must-have for anyone who has dyed hair, uses hot tools regularly, or gets professional smoothing treatments.
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If you wash your hair once every few days (or less frequently), scalp and strands may build up: excess oil from the follicles, Layers of hair product, even air pollution. Activated carbon (which is more porous than conventional coal) extracts these impurities and impurities from the body and absorbs them. The hair looks brighter and less stressed, says Kelly Dobos, beautician in Cincinnati. You get the greatest detoxifying benefit of a charcoal shampoo like Pantene Pro-V Blends Charcoal Shampoo Purifying Root Wash ($ 6, amazon.com), which is also silicone-free. (Also read: Why should you treat your scalp with a detox?)
Hair is more than 90 percent protein. If this protein is frayed, split or otherwise damaged, kelp can help fill the holes in the cuticle layers of the strand. "Kelp contains tons of amino acids that are building blocks for proteins," says Dobos. "It's also very nutritious and helps keep the hair conditioned." Look for the most powerful ingredient in conditioners (such as Noughty Wave Hello Curl Defining Conditioner, $ 10, ulta.com), repair treatments (such as Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster) ($ 58, Amazon.com) and hair growth supplements (such as Nutrafol , $ 88, Amazon.com).