– Helping your hair in winter time –

Moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners

Moisturizing is the word that defines the action to protect the hair and the cuticle from the cold winter dryness.

These are the ingredients that should be taken into account the most to use in shampoos and conditioners.

1. Aloe Vera Barbadensis

Aloe is one of the best known natural ingredients thanks to its

moisturizing and protective properties on the hair. It´s properties come from the inner part of the leaves of the Aloe plant.

The Aloe plant has deep hydration properties for the hair and soothes the scalp and is capable of stimulating the production of collagen to keep our hair healthy.

The benefits of Aloe can be attributed to its more than 75 ingredients, including, mucilage (the most important constituent of Aloe Vera), vitamins (including B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and folic acid) and minerals that work synergistically to soothe, heal, deeply hydrate hair.

2. Sea Kelp

Sea Kelp is a great nutritional asset and a basis to keep moisturized and healthy our hair and scalps in winter. Also in oily hair does not provide extra oil, perfect for normal and dry hair.

Sea Kelp is also very useful for inflamed or very dry scalp thanks to its soothing properties.

Sea Kelp contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, A, C, and E, as well as folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6.

Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, and phosphorus.

It is also high in iodine. Iodine is a mineral that is present in large quantities in algae. Iodine regulates the moisture levels of the skin and stimulates cell regeneration.

3. Jojoba

Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, which grows especially in the Sonoran desert, in Mexico, and in some regions of Arizona and southern California.

Thanks to its high content of vitamin E and the ceramides present in Jojoba oil, they contribute to the repair and maintenance of the structure of our hair, quickly penetrating the hair fiber to hydrate it perfectly, reducing the inflammation on irritated scalp.

Jojoba oil includes ingredients as beneficial for our hair as the vitamins B complex, E, zinc, copper, selenium, also its content in linoleic acid (Omega 6) as well as triglycerides that help to improve the elasticity of the hair.

It also contains a large amount of iodine, which may be where jojoba gets its ability to fight bacterial and fungal infections that create dandruff on the scalp.

4. Mallow

Mallow flowers and leaves are used, their high mucilage content provides hydration to the hair and contributes to a greater elasticity of the skin of the scalp.

The mucilages also present in Aloe Vera, are polysaccharides, they swell when they come into contact with water until they form a gel that maintains hydration in the inner part of our hair.

Mallow is also a source of vitamins A and C and group vitamin B (B1 and B2) and mineral salts such as magnesium, calcium and iron.

Very suitable for sensitive or irritated scalps thanks to its soothing and anti-inflammatory effect.

5. Avena

Enriched with hydrating proteins and lipids, oat milk provides extreme softness and instantly detangles hair.

Oatmeal soothe, soften and hydrate dry, rough hair repairing damaged hair adding manageability. It helps soothe irritated scalp.

Oatmeal has moisturizing but also anti-inflammatory properties that make it very suitable to hydrate, reduce inflammation and as a natural treatment to relieve psoriasis.

Among all cereals, oats contain the most vitamins and minerals, as they are rich in iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6.

*When the skin is itchy and irritated, its pH level can be too high or too low. Oatmeal acts as a buffering agent and can help bring the skin’s pH back to normal pH 5.5 levels.

6. Macadamia

Macadamia is a nut and grown in countries like Australia, Costa Rica or Hawaii. Its oil very rich in palmitoleic acid, is obtained by pressing the nut, ‘boosting’ hair through moisturizing and nutritive properties, helps repair hair damages by dyes and discolorations. Also it contain high concentration of vitamin E, antioxidants, oleic and linoleic acids and Omega 7 a fatty acid very similar to the sebum the scalp produces naturally.

By the passage of time and with the use of chemical products little by little our hair begins dryness, the tangle increases and even more with the cold of winter, thanks to the macadamia oil the frizz disappears, and it will be easier both to straighten the hair, like showing off a natural and beautiful smooth.

You can find commercial shampoos with Macadamia oil, but a great option is to apply pure macadamia oil directly to your hair after washing and drying.

The antioxidants in macadamia oil also prevent premature graying of hair by fighting free radicals that come from external factors, such as pollution or UVA rays.

7. Siberian pine oil

Many people believe that the Siberian pine smells like Christmas as well as the smell of the forests and the purest nature. It is due to the resins and compounds of pine oil present in it.

The Siberian Pine (Abies sibirica) is a large ever green conifer tree native to both, Canada and  Siberia. The Siberian Pine essential oil is characterized by a very gentle, calming and fresh scent aroma.

Needles and twigs are used to extract the essential oil. Both components are then steam distilled.

Improves hair and scalp especially when it is dryness, or irritated. Its high content in A, B, *E and C vitamins, and carotenoids and flavonoids. restores the keratin layer of the hair, providing shine and a healthy appearance.

*vitamin E present in Siberian oil is much bigger than olive oil

Almu Rodriguez

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