Hair treatment additives are all the rage and more and more products are bulking up on trendy oils claiming to improve your locks. From familiar names like shea butter to the exotic macadamia oil, what exactly are these additives and do they really work? As a beauty and fashion expert, here is my quick guide to these oils and products and who will find each one most useful in their hair care routine.
Shea butter has been a staple in skin care for many decades, and it’s sweet scent reminds me of tropical weather. It is derived from the Shea-Karite tree and is known for soothing properties. If you have a dry, itchy scalp shea can be a blessing for you. It can also protect your hair from heat damage, and is known for locking in moisture. It’s great for curly and wavy hair, too. I have used it for years on my unruly waves. Try a shea butter conditioner like SheaMoisture to help get your hair on the right track, with both texture and moisture.
Argan oil is a product you can’t escape the hair care aisle without seeing. It’s produced from the kernels of the Argan tree which grows in Morocco. It is rich in Vitamin E, which is known for moisturizing and restoring hair, skin and nails to their natural luster. Argan oil can banish frizz, so it’s great for any hair type that is prone to fly aways. It can be a little dense, though, so if you have thin hair use it sparingly. Also stick to only one product with Argan at first, like a shampoo or conditioner, and add more as you need more moisture. Try OGX Renewing Argan Oil conditioner for a deep moisturizing experience that leaves your hair feeling healthy.
Macadamia Oil comes from pressing the yummy macadamia nut and extracting the oil. It is very lightweight and is great for almost any hair type. It provides excellent UV protection, too, so I like washing with a macadamia oil conditioner before hitting the beach. It also absorbs quickly so you don’t have to worry about second day grease when you add it to your routine. Try Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse instead of your conditioner on your next wash and see the benefits, including a lustrous shine.
Keratin already occurs naturally in your hair, so it tends to feel the most natural when added to a conditioner or shampoo when you wash with it. It helps keep your hair flexible and soft, and can escape when our hair is very dry. There are expensive keratin treatments you can have done at a salon, but with consistent use a keratin shampoo or conditioner will give you similar results over time. It works for any hair type, but if you have greasier hair naturally, use sparingly. Try TRESemme Keratin Infusing Shampoo , my personal favorite, for soft hair in a matter of a couple weeks.
One or more of these additives may be best with your hair, so don’t be afraid to mix it up and try different products. I use all four of these additives, whether it’s in shampoo, conditioner or styling products on a daily basis, so you may find a blend makes your hair touchably soft and healthy. In no time, your hair will be in amazing shape when you use these products.