1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has become a must-use ingredient in damaged haircare formulations due to its unique chemical structure and beneficial properties.
Coconut oil reduces protein loss, which, as our hair is protein, is vital to achieving healthy hair. A 2017 review of studies found that coconut oil decreased protein loss when used as a pre- and post-wash grooming product.
As the ingredient has a low molecular weight, it can also penetrate the hair shaft and make it easier for the hair to absorb compared to other types of oil for damaged hair. Therefore, it can replenish moisture and help protect hair from dryness.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant that grows in hotter climates. The succulent is known for its nourishing and strengthening vitamins, including vitamins C, E, B-12, folic acid, and choline content, as well as its moisturizing benefits, making it a popular ingredient to treat dry hair.
Aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties that can limit scalp irritation and includes enzymes and fatty acid content that can reduce inflammation.
Glycerin can be derived from plant oils and has a very special and important role in the fight against damaged hair—as it can pull in moisture from the air.
Glycerin is a humectant, which by its very definition, reduces moisture loss. Its retention and preservation of moisture support hydration and hair health. Scentless and colorless, glycerin has become a sought-after ingredient as it can feature in any haircare formulation without changing the product’s sensorial profile.
Pure glycerin is often used in hair masks and hair spray formulations. When formulating hair masks, glycerin can be paired with aloe vera to lift the product’s hydration, nourishing and antimicrobial potential for the scalp, and alleviate dandruff.
Keratin is a type of protective protein found in hair. The ingredient has expanded from skincare to haircare. It’s now featured in precision hair treatments, concentrated serums, and molecular repair. Around the world, new product launches with keratin have grown by over 10% in recent years.
Appealing formats, like no-rinse options, provide convenience and flexibility to treat hair on the go. Relevant claims and uses of keratin in haircare formulas are on the rise, influencing a plethora of haircare stories promoting hair health and growth.