Reading the Fine Print in Your Quest for Healthy Hair

Nourishing ingredients to look for in your quest for healthy hair. Keep reading to find out more.

If you want strength


What is it: A complex lipid or fatty oil found naturally in the hair

What it does: Holds cuticle cells together to protect the inner structure of the hair

Product Pick: Soft Sheen Carson Break-thru Anti-Breakage System, $6.99, drugstores nationwide.

Dimethiconal Methionine

What it is: An amino acid

What it does: Protects the hair shaft and fortifies the cuticle

Product Pick: Nexxus Y Seum Younger Looking Hair Treatment, $20, 800-444-NEXXUS

Triamine Complex

What it is: A patented formula containing the same 19 essential amino acids found in our hair

What it does: Protects hair from styling damage by fortifying cuticles and detangles and conditions without weighing down the hair

Product Pick: Joico K-Pac Strengthening Tonic, $13.95, 800-80-JOICO


If you want Conditioning

Avocado Oil

What it is: A triglyceride (natural fat, similar to those found in our body) that is easily absorbed by the hair and scalp and is rich in vitamins A,B,D and E.

What it does: Lubricates the hair and scalp

Product Pick: Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Hair Treatment, $9,


What it is: An herb containing calcium and high levels of amino acids

What it does: Strengthens and conditions

Product Pick: Hairobics Hair and Scalp Leave-In Conditioner, $19.99,

Stearly Alcohol

What it is: A fatty alcohol with emollient and moisturizing properties

What it does: Keeps hair hydrated

Product Pick: Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Nourishing Conditions, $3.99, drugstores


If you want Moisture

Jojoba Oil

What it is: An oil with a molecular structure small enough to penetrate the hair and scalp

What it does: Moisturizes

Product Pick: Barry Fletcher Liquid Moisture, $14.50,


What it is: A vitamin

What it does: Gets inside the hair shaft to keep the cuticle moisturized

Product Pick: Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer, $3.99, drugstores nationwide

Shea Butter

What it is: A fat obtained from the fruit of the Karite tree

What it does: Moisturizes and nourishes the hair and scalp

Product Pick: L’occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Conditioner, $17,


If you want Shine


What it is: A silicone (synthetic compound principally derived from sand)

What it does: Adds gloss while preventing dryness

Product Pick: Organic Root Stimulator Jojoba Oil Maximum Shine Hair & Scalp Moisturizer, $4.99, drugstores


What it is: A mineral

What it does: Enhances Shine

Product Pick: Toni & Guy Shine Junkie, $15.99, 800-295-8596


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