The vast majority of articles that assess the best natural ingredients for hair focus on shampoo. As a hair expert, I feel that we need to steer the focus away from topical treatments, and examine the broader spectrum of important nutrients, vitamins and chemical compounds used in hair care products. These ingredients range from those found in your daily hair wash routine, to the nutritional contents of food and dietary supplements.
But let’s start on the well-trodden path. Understanding which natural ingredients to look for in shampoos, hair dyes, conditioners or other topical products can be confusing. On the back of any plastic bottle may be a list of complex chemical compounds, which for the average Joe (or Josephine), may as well be written in ancient runes.
In the case of shampoo, two of the critical ingredients to avoid are SLS and SLES. These acronyms stand for the ingredients sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. They are foaming agents that can be found in many big-brand detergents and shampoos available in your local drugstore or supermarket. SLS and SLES are irritants, and can cause flaking, dryness and redness of the scalp.
Viviscal Gentle Shampoo does not contain SLS or SLES. This gentle shampoo helps to keep your hair and scalp clean, without the irritation that can be caused by these compounds. Most (99%) of our shampoo is derived from natural sources, and it has been engineered to help provide a great environment for healthy hair growth.
In addition to the omission of SLS, SLES and artificial colors or fragrances, our shampoo contains a critical ingredient for healthy hair: a multifruit extract. This extract is a gentle exfoliant designed to keep your hair and scalp clean and healthy.
Choosing to shampoo with the right natural ingredients for hair is one thing, but you are unlikely to find an all-encompassing healthy hair solution in the shower alone. Your hair is a part of your body, and its origins lie within.
Your body supplies your hair follicles with an array of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which can be found in various natural ingredients for hair. These are the top ingredients in your hair product due to the role they play in maintaining healthy hair growth throughout the hair growth cycle.
AminoMar® is a unique marine complex that was developed by isolating key marine protein molecules as found in the diet of the Inuit people. Due to their fish- and protein-rich diet, the Inuit are renowned for their healthy hair and skin. Based on these findings, AminoMar was developed to harness the power of dietary nutrition to help others promote healthy hair from within.
Another important natural ingredient for healthy hair is vitamin C. This antioxidant helps to protect against free radicals and helps the body to absorb more iron into the blood, which in turn promotes hair growth. Keeping the body adequately supplied with vitamin C helps to keep your hair looking great.
A lesser known ingredient is biotin. This vitamin is often also called vitamin B7 or H. One of the symptoms of biotin deficiency is hair thinning and discoloration. Therefore, ensuring that you have sufficient levels of this vitamin can help keep hair luscious and voluminous.
Although these natural ingredients for hair can be found in foods in varying amounts, there is a simpler way. Using Viviscal Extra Strength, it is easy to supplement your diet with all of the aforementioned ingredients. By taking this single-step approach to promoting hair growth from within, you can provide your hair follicles with important nutrients, without the need to radically alter your diet.