Hyaluronic Acid for Hair: The hack your scalp needs!
You’ve heard all about the amazing benefits of hyaluronic acid for the skin. The instant plumpness and disappearance of fine lines – what’s not to love about this magic ingredient, isn’t it?
However, do you know about the incredible benefits of hyaluronic acid for hair? Yes! You read that right. Hyaluronic acid is not only a game changer for your skin, but also those lovely tresses that have gotten thin, frizzy and dry due to the dust and pollution in the air.
What is Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a gooey, slippery substance found naturally in abundance in the human body. Primarily the skin, eyes and joints. Nonetheless owing to the million benefits it has for the body as a whole, scientists have also managed to create this synthetically in labs.
Hyaluronic acid thus created is packaged in serums, creams, and other products that can be applied to the skin and scalp for maximum benefits.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Hair
Addressing the elephant in the room, hyaluronic acid has a number of benefits for the hair – some known, some unknown.
Issue: Dry and Frizziness
Hyaluronic acid oozes a new life in dry and frizzy hair by providing hydration and locking in moisture. However, it must be noted that hyaluronic acid is not a moisturizer – it is a humectant. Meaning it retains water and draws moisture to the surface that it has been applied to. Hence, it has to be paired with another moisturizing product to enhance its utility.
The acid also helps in sealing the hair cuticle – which locks moisture and reduces over production of oils that can shrink the size of the cuticle. Thus minimizing hair frizziness as well.
Tired of your hair looking flat and thin? Hyaluronic acid can give that instant plump (temporary) to your tresses. The plumping effect adds additional volume to the roots and makes the hair look fuller and voluminous. Although, in the case of damaged hair, hyaluronic acid is more like an aid not a cure. Hence it needs to be paired with other ingredients to provide a more lasting effect to damaged hair.
Best hair types for Hyaluronic Acid
Since hyaluronic Acid is a magic potion to cure dryness and frizziness, naturally it is best suited for dry hair and hair that require a dose of hydration.
Hyaluronic acid also works well for brittle hair that requires strengthening and smoothening. It is also a great ingredient for not weighing down curls or leaving a greasy feeling on the hair.
How to Use Hyaluronic Acid
While there are a number of products that include an active hyaluronic acid ingredient in them, you can also use this chemical in the following ways:
- As a pre shampoo treatment:
Before shampoo-ing you can gently massage a bit of hyaluronic acid solution on your scalp and then wash it off after 2-5 minutes. Do massage in a circular motion in areas that are more problematic than the others.
- Post shower use:
You can also use hyaluronic acid as a post shower treatment. You can massage the solution on wet strands. There are multiple benefits to this, especially because doing anything with water works brilliantly for the hair as well as for the hyaluronic acid.
- Using products with hyaluronic acid:
If a pre or post shampoo treatment is not working, you can also use products that are infused with hyaluronic acid. Making your own concoction with hyaluronic acid based ingredients is also a good option.
We have spoken at length about the benefits of hyaluronic acid – but you should also remember that overuse of any product can do more harm than good. Hence you should use it in moderate quantities and ensure you are communicating with your dermatologist before trying any new experiments.
So what are your thoughts about this? Are you going to try hyaluronic acid? Let me know in the comments below!