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Hyaluronic Acid: It’s a hair-necessity

Hyaluronic Acid: It’s a hair-necessity

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has been a spotlight ingredient within the skincare and beauty industry this year. Renowned for it’s anti-aging properties, HA is certainly an A-list ingredient that is surprisingly accessible. HA is a gel-like water holding molecule that occurs naturally in our bodies. It is the space filler and cushioning agent in all mammals. HA cushions joints and nerves.

In terms of skincare, Hyaluronic Acid keeps your skin well moisturised and reduces the signs of ageing. Repairing the skin using HA can help to minimise the symptoms and effects of many skin troubles, including rosacea, sun damage and even sensitive skin. One gram of Hyalronic acid can hold up to 6 liters of water. It is a moisturising miracle!

Hyaluronic Acid for haircare

The benefits for your hair and scalp seem to have been overlooked, but not by us! Our Density Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as Thickening Hair and Scalp Mask Intense, all contain Hyaluronic Acid. Both products are formulated with amino acids and biotin which work to visibly improve hair density, fullness and softness. They are also paraben and sulphate free, using natural and innovative formulations to bring you next level haircare that is gentle enough for regular use.

What to look out for

Brands are increasingly using Hyaluronic Acid (HA) within their products, but it is the concentration that you need to pay attention to. You can gauge if the product has a considerable amount of HA by where it appears in the ingredients. The higher the ingredient is in the list, the better. In some cases, ingredients are combined to make them more effective. For instance in our Hyaluronic Density Conditioner, you will see an ingredient called Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate.

Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate is a special charged form of HA. The hair has a negative charge and the special HA has a positive charge. This positive charge then attaches to the hair and scalp with added moisture by ionic bonding. This helps to give hair a smoother look and feel, which can support easier combing and less breakage of the hair.

You should also look out for irritating and harsh ingredients such as alcohol and strong, synthetic fragrances. Harsh chemicals irritate the scalp and can disrupt hair growth. Dehydrating ingredients will only counteract the good that the HA is doing.

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Elise Parkes

Elise Parkes

Writer and expert

Whether it’s hair care, skincare, fashion or food I’ve always been obsessed with discovering the latest innovative trends. My weekends are spent with a gin cocktail in hand, planning my next trip abroad, and looking for some inspo for my latest online purchase.

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