One would always struggle to pick out just one of the many very special ingredients of Rossano Ferretti’s esteemed Splendido Colour Maintenance Shampoo and Colour Maintenance Conditioner for praise. However, in the event of being pressed to do so, it is Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) seed extract, with its remarkable protective, nourishing and conditioning properties, that would surely be most deserving of the spotlight.

For it is this key ingredient, after all, that gives the Splendido range so much of its inimitable character, its richness in lipids and vitamins serving to protect and deeply nourish the hair structure – with all of the positive implications that this holds.

When one aspires to healthy, silky hair with eye-catching shine, one could not hope to see a finer ingredient infusing their chosen shampoo or conditioner. Yet, Linum Usitatissimum is also an ingredient holding no shortage of mystery. From where does it originate, what is its story, and what do these details have to tell us about sustaining the most beautiful hair?

The fascinating origins of what would become a vital ingredient

The Linseed extract that graces our acclaimed Splendido products is obtained from the dried ripe seeds of the Flax plant known as Linum Usitatissimum. It is thought that this combination of the Flax plant and flaxseed oil first saw use in Egypt, with the oil winning quick recognition for the several substances contained within that served to promote good health.

Flax itself is also referred to as common flax or linseed, and cultivation is centred in the cooler parts of the world. The earliest evidence of human use of wild flax as a textile was found in what is now the Republic of Georgia, with spun, dyed and knotted wild Flax fibres having been found in Dzudzuana Cave and dated some 30,000 years ago - the time of the Upper Paleolithic.

Today, the leading countries for flax production are Canada, Kazakhstan and China. Furthermore, the soils in which it is best cultivated are generally deep loams with a large proportion of organic matter. The plant often grows slightly above the waterline in cranberry bogs, but not in heavy clays or more gravelly or dry sandy oils.

The plant is known to grow as much as 15 centimetres - or 5.9 inches - in height within eight weeks of sowing. In the most advantageous conditions, growth of several centimetres a day can be expected.

The oils that the Flax plant produces are sometimes referred to interchangeably as flaxseed oil and linseed oil, and are both extracted by processing the seeds.

An extract that has astounding advantages for the hair

While Linseed oil has long been a noted nutritional supplement, the precise benefits of linseed extract for the hair can be befittingly described as splendid. The Flax seed oil is considered to be nature’s richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and it is when the body lacks these necessary essential fatty acids that hair strands can be left dry and brittle.

By contrast, when one makes the most of the Linseed oil extract contained within our Splendido shampoo and conditioner, they can look forward to thoroughly nourished and healthily growing hair follicles. Such fatty acids’ usefulness for the prevention of inflammation can also assist in staving off such conditions as hair loss and dandruff.

Quite simply, the benefits of Linseed extract are remarkable - and perfectly manifest in the vaunted offerings of our current Splendido Collection.

Whether one wishes to preserve the highest levels of colour and vibrancy with Splendido Colour Maintenance Shampoo, or look to the striking ability of Splendido Colour Maintenance Conditioner to seal and protect colour-treated hair, there can be no question that linseed extract plays its part in making these hair products some of the most rewarding and best-regarded in industry use today.