It’s natural and nourishing – we’re talking hyaluronic acid (HA)! Most professional hair care products are adorned with carefully selected ingredients that will help to strengthen hair and restore its health. However, formulas that feature hyaluronic acid have an advantage; this water-binding molecule contains properties that effectively work to soften the scalp and hair, leaving you with silk-like locks that are magnificently manageable.
But What Is Hyaluronic Acid, Exactly?
We’ve mentioned that HA is a water-binding molecule – but, what does this mean? First and foremost, it’s important to know that this gel-like molecule is naturally found in our bodies (wow). Secondly, you may be impressed to discover that its main purpose is to cushion joints and nerves. However, in terms of skin and hair care, hyaluronic acid can be externally applied to ultimately hydrate cells. This means that it has the potential to minimise the symptoms and effects of most hair problems that are caused by dry and limp hair.
Did you know?
1 gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 6 litres of water?
With such amazing water-holding capabilities, it’s no wonder that HA significantly increases the hydration and moisture of almost anything it is placed on (or in).
So, What Can Hyaluronic Acid Do for Your Hair?
To remain accurate, as a humectant, hyaluronic acid isn’t naturally found in strands of hair. Instead, it resides in the dermal layer of the skin, making the scalp’s role in maintaining fabulous hair a prominent one. Why? Because a healthy scalp will help to nourish hair follicles as they grow.
However, with the ingenious formulation of products that include HA as a key ingredient, this miracle-working property can be applied directly to your tresses for more intense results.
And on that note – it’s also worth mentioning that hyaluronic acid is effective with all hair types (even over-processed hair and hair extensions). This is just another example of how potent these tiny water-laden molecules can be!
The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Your Hair and Scalp
HA has many benefits which have seen it become one of the hottest ingredients in the beauty industry. For example:
It Improves Scalp Health
Hyaluronic acid restores moisture to the scalp and hair, nourishing cells in their wake. And that’s why, for years, dermatologists have recommended HA as a way to keep the skin and scalp naturally healthy.
It Helps to Strengthen and Restore Hair
HA can help prevent hair from thinning and eventually falling out by strengthening the hair strands and hydrating the scalp to provide a better anchor for hair. Scientific research has also shown that it can increase hair growth.
It Helps to Thicken hair
By allowing the cells to hold onto large amounts of water HA can help thicken the hair strands by literally increasing the strand diameter, not only helping hair look and feel fuller but also improving the resilience of hair making it less prone to breakage and hair fall.
It Can Enhance All Hair Types
HA can restore “shine” to hair fibres. It can also tame unruly locks to create sleek and manageable hair. Flat, limp tresses? No problem! This water molecule boosts and perfectly hydrates the cuticles of hair fibres to smooth down and bring life to listless strands. As for curls, they’ll get more bounce and definition.
What to Look Out for In Hyaluronic Products
Hyaluronic Acid is great but combined with the right natural ingredients can be even more effective. For instance, in our intense Dolce Hair Mask, you will see an ingredient called Keratin. Together, the HA and Keratin work to not only soften and restore hair but to straighten it for a smooth and sleek look.
As a rule of thumb, you should also look out for and avoid irritating and harsh ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, sulphates. Harsh chemicals can counteract the use of HA and may leave you with an irritated scalp that will inhibit the growth of beautiful natural hair.
When we turn 40, our bodies don’t produce half as much hyaluronic acid as our younger selves. This means that HA is a must for those who are ageing but want to keep their skin and hair youthful and refreshed!
Rossano Ferretti Parma – Luxury Hair Products with Hyaluronic Acid
At Rossano Ferretti Parma (an Italian-born hair speciality brand), we believe that natural ingredients have the power to ultimately enhance hair so that you can love the locks you were born with.
Our Dolce Shampoo and Dolce Hair Mask combine hyaluronic acid with naturally-derived vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to improve hair density, fullness, and softness. These products work wonders on even the driest of both fine and coarse hair.
We’re also besotted with our Vita Serum which contains a high concentration of HA to soothe your scalp and promote a healthy environment for healthy hair growth and thicker hair
The Bottom Line…
With the amazing ability to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water, as a hydration booster, hyaluronic acid will work its magic at nourishing your hair so that it’s supple and smooth and even thickens fine and fragile hair and helps reduce hair loss. Hair goals: achieved!