We have all heard of hyaluronic acid, a true elixir of beauty and youth for the skin. And it is very easy, nowadays, to find and purchase products containing hyaluronic acid designed for the face and body. However, the beneficial action of hyaluronic acid for hair is certainly less known. Today we're talking about exactly this, we'll see what science says about it and the possible applications of hyaluronic acid for the health and beauty of our hair.
Hyaluronic acid for hair, what science says
Hyaluronic acid is beneficial for both the scalp and hair. In fact, hyaluronic acid improves the elasticity and hydration of the skin, counteracts inflammation and seborrheic dermatitis which can affect the scalp and also influence the health of the hair (Schlesinger et al, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol, 2014). It acts as a humectant on the hair, avoiding the loss of water and combating dry and frizzy hair (Pavlichko et al, Int J Cosmet Sci, 1994). Hyaluronic acid is also able to restore elasticity and strength in damaged hair, for example following chemical treatments and dyes (Qu et al, Molecules, 2022).
Hyaluronic acid for hair, how to apply it
There are many products on the market designed for hair containing hyaluronic acid, such as shampoos, conditioners and lotions. The products can be rinsed or left on the hair, in the latter case the benefits will be clearly greater. You can also make your own hyaluronic acid hair product. The recipe is very simple. Get 95 grams of a hydrolat, lavender, rosemary and mint hydrolats are excellent. In fact, extracts of these plants have been shown to stimulate hair growth (Lee et al, Toxicol Res, 2016 - Panahi et al, Skinmed, 2015). Add 5 grams of hyaluronic acid already in solution in water. In fact, the alternative is to use powder to hydrate in water, but this is a procedure that can cause difficulties. Spray the product on wet hair as a post-shampoo and conditioner treatment, then proceed with drying.