Sweet almond oil
Once you apply it, sweet almond oil forms a thin, light film on the strands—kind of like an uber-thin layer of plastic wrap that protects hair from future damage and helps weaker, brittle hair feel stronger and more resilient. Of course, this film also reflects light, so hair has an immediate glossy sheen. The fray of existing frizz ends is smoothed, while future splits are reduced thanks to these moisture-binding properties. Adding sweet almond oil creates a smoothness and slip that helps separate strands, which makes combining easier and prevents excessive friction and hair loss when detangling.
This powerful ingredient has scientific proof behind its healing properties. Multiple studies conducted on the effect of vegetable-based keratin, that includes arginine, on both Caucasian and African-American hair found that it makes a big difference in the springiness and strength of curls. On triple-bleached Caucasian hair, participants found an 18 percent increase in hair elasticity and 21 percent increased strength, as compared to those that didn’t use the keratin. African American women had similar results, with a 16 percent increase in elasticity and 39 percent increase in strength.
When combing wet hair, the same people found a 43 percent reduction in breakage after 5 applications of the keratin. When combing dry hair, they found a 67 percent reduction in breakage after 5 applications.
Grape seed extract
Grape seed oil is like one-stop shopping for curly hair: It’s a deep moisturizer, sealant, shine enhancer, and heat protector. Fans call it an Rx for their damaged hair, as it prevents frizz, mends split ends, and helps keep hair stronger and healthier so it can grow longer. Those with curly hair love it because it helps define and moisturize their waves while being lightweight and not weighing their locks down.
Cellulose is the stuff that strengthens cell walls in plants—its fibers give support and lift to a plant’s leaves, stems, and roots. That’s exactly what makes it an ideal structural material for supporting curls. Add in its ability to shape, repair and hold up resiliently even in conditions like extreme humidity, and you basically have everything you need for a good curly hair day. Plus it’s close to weightless, which means you can use it to freshen up even fine hair on second, and third-day hair.
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