5 Best Natural Hair Care Ingredients That Should Replace Biotin

If there’s something that exudes beauty, it’s strong and shiny hair. It’s practically a universally accepted truth. No matter where you are in the world, healthy locks instantly spell a sense of youthfulness, and even glamour. Cliché as it may sound, they weren’t kidding when they coined the term “crowning glory.”

This being said, hair loss is your number one enemy, and this goes not just for men, but women as well. An estimated 50 percent of ladies will experience it. It’s said to affect some 30 million women in the United States alone.

It’s good to know that there are hair care products out in the market that can deliver great results. But with all the available options, it can get pretty confusing trying to choose the best one for your tresses. A closer look at what goes into them will tell you a lot about how they work. The sad part is that there are some unsafe chemicals found in these that can pose damaging side effects. 

On the upside, there’s also a ton of ingredients found in nature that can work wonders for your hair.

B is for Biotin

Biotin is one of the most common hair care ingredients that promote hair growth. It’s water-soluble which means the body can get it through food. It’s a kind of B vitamin that’s found in:

  • Whole grains (barley, millet, and brown rice); 
  • Meat (fish, red meat, and poultry); 
  • Dark, leafy veggies (spinach, kale); 
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds); eggs, and shellfish. 

It’s also called vitamin H or vitamin B-7. It helps the body process glucose from non-carbohydrate sources, break down amino acids, and stimulate fatty acid production. When it comes to the hair department, biotin strengthens strands.

Not having enough biotin in your diet can lead to hair loss, so possessing a healthy dose of it can help you combat baldness or thinning hair 

All-natural, plant-based alternatives

Apart from biotin, what else can we use to keep tresses growing? While we’re here, let’s go take a look at some of the other most commonly found hair care ingredients in nature. 

Coconut Oil

Considered a “miracle oil”, coconut oil is like a one-stop-shop. Some people use it as a pre-shampoo protectant, dabbing it on an hour before shower time because it prevents hair from drying out. Not only does it toughen strands, but it also moisturizes and thickens these while boosting growth. That’s because it’s made up of fatty acids and vitamins that penetrate the hair cuticle and de-clog follicles of sebum, giving you softer, more manageable tresses with a natural shine.

Olive Oil

Another oil that is not only good with food but also with your locks is olive oil. Its formulation has many similarities with that of our scalp’s natural oils, making it a great alternative to other plant-derived hair care ingredients. Like coconut oil, you can also use it as a pre-shampoo treatment for added strength, protection, and glossiness. You can even use it as a DIY conditioner you can simply take from your pantry. It also fends off dandruff that’s a usual culprit for hair loss.

Seaweed

You’ll be surprised to know that part of your sushi could hold the key to an even more luxurious mane. Yes, even the ocean has something that’s right up your alley. Your favorite edible algae have been found to help control the amount of oil on your scalp, helping you get rid of that “greasy” look. A study is also looking into a seaweed-based serum that will be used to treat hair loss and stimulate growth in as little as two weeks.

Castor oil

This is probably a crowd favorite when it comes to eyelash-growing serums. Castor oil is extracted by pressing castor beans and boiling with ash. It’s packed with vitamin E, minerals, and fatty acids. Just like coconut and olive oil, it has super-hydrating properties that make it a fantastic ingredient to treat dandruff and oily scalps. This cleansing, nurturing, and moisturizing effect comes from ricinoleic acid, which creates the perfect environment for healthy hair growth.

Curcuma Longa Callus aka Turmeric

Don’t let the long name intimidate you. It’s more familiar than it seems. Curcuma longa is the scientific name of turmeric, which is a fragrant and gorgeous golden spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cooking.

Yes, something in your curry can make your hair grow beautifully. What does a callus mean anyway? It’s a group of cells that is taken from cultured tissue to create an unorganized mass of cells. Culturing is the technique used to do this. It’s a method that’s been used for centuries to study the medicinal properties of plants. 

Research has shown that hair loss happens when dermal papillae, or the cells found at the base of follicles, become inactive. That’s because these are involved in regulating your locks’ development and growth. Curcuma longa callus has been studied to reactivate these cells to produce new strands. It’s also full of curcumin, which possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. 

While we’ve shown an exhaustive list of natural hair care ingredients, it’s exciting to find out that there’s a plant-based material that can get to the “root” (pun intended) of the problem.

Curcuma longa callus is a key ingredient in the shampoos, conditioners, and serums of our hair care products.  Coupled with our unique and advanced Bio-Pixilin Formula, these products promise visually thicker and healthier hair without any potential irritants. 

Re-growing hair is in no way a simple process, and every scalp is different, but through continued use of these clinically tested solutions, those scared of going bald can rejuvenate and prolong the lifespan of their hair fibers for years to come.

Nature has pretty much cooked up the recipe to nip a receding hairline in the bud; all we have to do is to tap into its curative properties and make it more powerful with breakthroughs in science.

 

Written by Anne Reyes

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