9 Trending Hair Ingredients That Live Up to the Hype

BY Jessie Quinn · August 1, 2018

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There’s a reason why natural hair ingredients like charcoal, apple cider vinegar and hyaluronic acid are trending in hair care right now. From detoxifying the scalp to balancing its pH to providing both roots and strands with a major hydration boost, these natural ingredients gently work their magic to ensure strands are healthy, strong and vivacious. And that’s not all. We tapped top dermatologists to find out whether or not some of the most trending ingredients in hair care actually live up to the hype. See what they had to say about the best ingredients for hair, ahead.

1. Charcoal

Charcoal is one of the most popular skin care ingredients for its ability to deep-clean the skin—so, it should come as no surprise that many hair care products are formulated with this detoxifier. According to board-certified dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, “Charcoal has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, therefore it can treat bad scalp and dandruff.” Dr. Jaliman also approves of the natural hair ingredient for its detoxification properties.

Try: Briogeo Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

Stimulate your scalp and kiss dirt and debris goodbye with the Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo from Briogeo. Enriched with nourishing coconut oil, detoxifying charcoal, cooling peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oil complex, this revitalizing shampoo deeply cleanses and fortifies the scalp while working to reduce itchiness, irritation and flakiness. What’s more? Thanks to the added coconut oil, this shampoo works to deeply cleanse the scalp without stripping it of its natural oils.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Next on our list is a DIY skin-care must-have. Dr. Jaliman suggests apple cider vinegar as a natural hair ingredient because it can be used in many ways to help balance the skin’s pH level—making it an excellent choice for the scalp. Does your scalp tend to fall on the oily side of the spectrum? What about the dry side? Good news: The toning properties in apple cider vinegar can help balance both! So, whether you’re looking to soothe and comfort or get rid of oily roots, apple cider vinegar is a must-try. Apple cider vinegar can also remove dirt and impurities from the scalp and hair.

Try: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

If you’re looking for a two-in-one hair care product that can rid the scalp of impurities while working to nourish strands, look no further. dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse is a cleanser and conditioner in one that works to remove dirt from the scalp and hair and soften and smooth the strands at the same time. Enriched with pH-balancing apple cider vinegar, scalp-soothing aloe vera and conditioning argan oil, the refreshing hair rinse not only cleanses but nourishes your scalp and strands. In addition to cleansing and conditioning, this hair rinse is formulated with color-locking technology and proteins that work together to increase the strength of each strand. The results? Hair that looks—and feels—its best.

3. Caviar

Caviar is not just for hors d’oeuvres—it can be used on your hair, too! According to Dr. Jaliman, caviar is an excellent natural hair ingredient choice for those with dry, brittle strands that are prone to breakage. “Caviar contains vitamin A, which helps balance out the skin’s oil production,” says Dr. Jaliman. “This can prevent hair from breaking off,” she adds.

Try: Alterna CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Perfector

Looking for a caviar-infused hair care product? Reach for the CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-In Hair Perfector by Alterna. The award-winning formula features stellar botanical ingredients—including marine caviar—to help improve the look of hair with noticeable smoothness, shine and better manageability. What’s more? The Leave-In Hair Perfector can also protect strands from experiencing dryness, frizziness, breakage and even UV damage.

4. Kelp

Thanks to its mineral-rich properties, kelp has gained a tremendous amount of popularity in the skin care and hair care world—and for good reason. According to Dr. Jaliman, kelp is packed with powerful vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B, which can help stimulate hair growth. On top of that, sea kelp is high in calcium, iron and a slew of other ingredients that can support strong, healthy and gorgeous hair.

Try: Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray

If you’re looking for a styling product that can help you achieve gorgeous-looking locks while nourishing your strands with benefiting ingredients, look no further than Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray. Enriched with organic sea kelp, Atlantic sea salt, aloe vera, organic rose, geranium and palmarosa essential oils, this texturizing spray uses a combination of natural hair ingredients to not only give strands a beachy texture, but also nourish, hydrate and soothe the scalp.

5. Black Currant

When it comes to hair growth, essential fatty acids are key. And black currant—another popular natural hair ingredient—is chock-full of them. According to Dr. Jaliman, black currant is rich in linoleic acid, which is a kind of fatty acid that promotes hair growth. In addition to hair growth, fatty acids also provide essential nourishment to strands, giving them the strength and elasticity of gorgeous, healthy-looking hair.

Try: HUM Nutrition Red Carpet

One of the best ways to receive essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid found in black currant for hair growth and nourishment, is orally. Formulated with black currant and sunflower seed oil, HUM Nutrition’s Red Carpet supplements help promote gorgeous, red carpet-ready hair and skin. Thanks to the omega-6 and omega-3 nutrients found in black currant and sunflower seed oil, this beauty supplement works to strengthen strands, boost shine and promote healthier hair overall.

6. Hyaluronic Acid

Did you know that hyaluronic acid is the skin’s natural hydrator? It’s true! According to board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Fayne Fray, “Compared to other polymers, hyaluronic acid has the greatest ability to hold water”—up to 1,000 times its weight! With that in mind, it is one of the most hydrating natural hair ingredients and can prevent dry scalp and hair.

Try: Cuvee Beauty Essential Booster

If you’re in the market for a hair treatment that utilizes hyaluronic acid’s deeply nourishing and hydrating properties, your search ends here. The Cuvee Beauty Essential Booster can be mixed and matched with your favorite liquid-based hair care products for added nourishment and protection against breakage and damage. In addition to boosting your already stellar hair care products, you can apply the booster directly to damp hair before styling for a voluminous appeal. It can also be used to boost shine when applied to dry hair.

7. Castor Oil

Another trending hair ingredient to consider? Castor oil. “Castor oil stimulates hair growth and deeply conditions hair,” says Dr. Jaliman. “Its high concentration of fatty acids helps with keeping the hair moisturized,” she adds. Dr. Jaliman also raves about its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition to using hair care products enriched with the nourishing ingredient, Dr. Jaliman also recommends applying the oil directly to the scalp and massaging “to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth.”

Try: R+Co SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist

While massaging the scalp with castor oil can be beneficial, it can also get messy. To reap the benefits, reach for a product enriched with the nourishing oil instead. One of our current favorites? The R+Co SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist. Despite being a dry shampoo, the SPIRITUALIZED Mist is quite nourishing—thanks to its all-star ingredient, castor oil—and can help soothe itchy skin on the surface of the scalp. On top of that, it has a micellar-based formula to clean the hair without leaving behind that dreaded powdery texture.

8. Matcha

From our lattes to our hair care, matcha is all the rage right now—and with good reason. According to Dr. Jaliman, matcha is chock-full of vitamin E. “This aids in circulation to the scalp and helps promote hair growth,” she explains. “It also helps to control dandruff, [maintains] your scalp health [and] is loaded with antioxidants for skin and scalp health,” she adds. That said, you don’t need to coat your scalp in a messy DIY matcha mask to benefit from the trending hair ingredient.

Try: Brriogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Matcha Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo

Dull hair begone! The Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Matcha Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo is jam-packed with nutrient-dense ingredients—including matcha. Like a green juice for your hair, the glossifying shampoo works to strengthen strands and breathe life back into strands with every wash.

9. Pink Himalayan Salt

Like matcha, Pink Himalayan salt is also seeing a lot of attention for its amazing benefits. While some choose to add a salt lamp to their home, others (like us) prefer the beauty route. “Unlike table salt, pink Himalayan sea salt is good for the hair because sea salt contains minerals [that are] extremely beneficial for the hair,” says Dr. Jaliman. “You can make a Himalayan sea-salt leave-in spray for nice beachy tousled waves—it will give your hair some texture if you have fine or limp hair,” she adds. 

Try: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub

In addition to homemade—or store-bought—styling products, you can also use Himalayan sea salt to lift away buildup on the scalp. One of our favorite ways to do so? With dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub. Enriched with not one but two trending hair ingredients—apple cider vinegar and Himalayan salt—the gentle exfoliant can slough off dead skin cells and product buildup while working to balance the scalp’s natural pH.

Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine, StyleCaster.com, Girlboss.com, Marvel.com, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journa... Read More >

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