Keratin, Argan Oil, Collagen, & Vegetable Protein: What Can They Do for Your Hair?

Have you been suffering from dry, damaged, or over-processed hair? If so, you may want to continue reading. Below are some of the best ingredients you should be looking for in your hair products if you want to combat weak, dehydrated hair. Number four is one of our little secrets…

Keratin

Keratin is one of the key structural components of the hair. It’s a natural protein that protects the cuticle and the hair’s inner core, so when your hair gets abused by heat, chemicals, and other environmental factors, the natural keratin gets depleted and needs a little help. If you hate the look of dull, dry, and frizzy hair, then get hair products with keratin. What can keratin infused products do for your hair? For starters, they replenish the natural keratin that your hair has lost and fill the cracks along damaged areas in the hair shaft working to heal the hair from the inside out. It also coats the outside of the hair to form a shield which protects from harmful pollutants. Overall, keratin will increase the moisture in the hair restoring lost luster and shine.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is considered “liquid gold” in many cultures because it’s packed with rich nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin E, Omega-6, and linoleic acid. This miracle oil is an excellent moisturizer for your scalp and hair and can help improve blood circulation to the scalp resulting in healthier hair growth. Just ran out of your favorite heat protectant? Argan oil protects against hot styling tools while fighting against frizz and split ends.

Collagen

Collagen makes up 1/3 of the protein found in your body, so it’s no surprise that we get wrinkles when collagen levels begin to decline. The same goes for your hair. When collagen concentrations in the hair are weak, it can appear lifeless and brittle, and you’re more prone to breakage and hair loss. Hydrolyzed collagen found in many hair care products can assist in rebuilding the hair’s lost protein and supports healthier growth for longer, fuller hair. Just like Argan oil, collagen is an excellent way to support healthy moisture levels in the hair to maintain strength and elasticity.

Vegetable Protein

For strong, fade-resistant hair there’s a secret ingredient that you should be looking for in your hair products—vegetable protein. After severe chemical or heat damage, vegetable protein can help fill in the empty gaps that are present along the hair shaft. Unlike animal protein, veggie protein will not leave a filmy residue, so you’ll get soft, silky hair with a radiant shine. Its similarity to human hair’s chemical structure allows for easier absorption and a long-lasting effect. Vegetable protein provides an overall restructuring and strengthening effect to the hair, so next time you’re in the shampoo aisle, look out for this magical ingredient.

Just as you should be educating yourself about harmful ingredients in hair products, you should also be researching quality ingredients that will work to repair your hair. While an individual product may work for one type of hair, it might not work for another. How many times has someone told you that this one shampoo was the “holy grail” of shampoos, only for you to try it and find out it doesn’t do anything? In this case, argan oil, keratin, collagen, and vegetable protein all work together to repair and provide the hair with moisture replenishing qualities. If you need volume and texture, you’ll want to consider ingredients like vitamin B5 [panthenol] or wheat proteins and if you want maximum shine, consider seaweed and lotus blossom. As always, do your research and find what ingredients will work best for your hair problems.

Looking for a product that contains the four ingredients mentioned above? Look no further, Nutrifuse by PRO|GEN offers the ultimate hair care regimen for total hair repair. If you’d like to learn more or purchase, email nutrifuse@progenglobal.com

 

 

 

Avoid These 3 Ingredients in Your Hair Products

We’re always told that if we can’t pronounce an ingredient on the back of a shampoo bottle, then it’s no good–that ideology isn’t always the best. Yes, we are cautious, but many hard-to-pronounce ingredients are harmless. What we need to do is watch out for, specific ingredients that cause more damage to the hair than benefits. If you discover any of these ingredients in your hair care products, it might be time to move on and find a replacement.

1. Phthalates

As mentioned prior, if you can’t pronounce it, then don’t buy it. It’s no wonder this chemical is at the top of the list. Phthalates, pronounced “thah-lates”, make ingredients adhere to the surface while remaining flexible. They’re also responsible for that fragrance that lingers after you wash your hair. So, what’s the big deal? For starters, phthalates, known as endocrine disruptors, can interfere with your natural hormones. Studies suggest that hormone disruptors can lead to various reproductive issues. Such issues include birth defects, infertility, asthma, or lung difficulties. As always, it’s best to consult your doctor about specific ingredients that may be harmful to you. As a safety precaution, always check the ingredients before purchasing and avoid any that include or end in “-phthalate”.

2. Sulfates

The saying goes, “All things in moderation” and, of course, it relates to ingredients, too. Sulfates are excellent for deep cleaning and eliminating greasy residue but, at high quantities, they strip the hair of its natural oils. Those with skin sensitivities should be cautious. If you notice any skin irritation or excessive dryness after use, you should stick to sulfate-free products.

3. Polyethylene Glycol

Like the effects of Sulfates, polyethylene glycol [PEGs] can strip hair and skin of its natural oils causing dry, brittle strands. PEGs are a thickening agent and help ingredients to better absorb into the hair or skin. The danger lies in their absorption powers, where harmful, carcinogenic chemicals are easily absorbed into the skin. What you need to worry about the most, is the number that follows the PEGs. For example, a PEG-2 is more powerful or potent than a PEG-100. Smaller numbers mean penetration is easier and greater. Always be cautious of the ingredients found in your hair care products.

We can’t stress this enough–educate yourself on harmful ingredients and read the back of your shampoo bottle before you buy. Potentially hazardous chemicals may be lurking in the ingredients and they are being applied directly to the hair and scalp. For your best health, avoid products that contain phthalates, sulfates, and PEGs. Your hair will thank you!

4 Reasons Your Hair Isn’t Growing

4 Reasons Your Hair Isn't Growing

If you let out a sigh every time you look at your hair in the mirror, then it’s time to re-evaluate your hair care regimen. Chances are, you’re making at least one of these four mistakes and your hair is speaking out in protest. Whether you’re struggling to grow your hair or looking to revive it, read on to find out what’s causing the damage.

1. Abuse of Heat

Likely the most obvious of them all, yet the most ignored. Heat damage can cause serious harm to your hair through the cuticle. Did you know that different styling tools have different effects on the hair? While a blow dryer strips the hair of moisture, a curling iron or straightener cracks the cuticle. Both lead to dry, rigid, and brittle hair which causes breakage and split ends. The best way to avoid damage is by using a heat protecting spray and low-heat settings.

2. Dry Combing

Of course, combing your hair while it’s wet is a disaster on its own, but did you know that dry combing is often worse? Why? The constant tugging of the comb through dry hair causes knots and a stripped cuticle. Friction, knots, and a stripped cuticle all lead to breakage and damage. To stop the friction, run a few drops of hydrating oil throughout the hair before brushing or combing. The best thing you can do, though, is handle your hair with care.

3. Over Washing

Usually, when something is over washed, it will start to look dull and lifeless. The same is true with your hair. Over washing your hair will remove all its moisture making it dry and brittle. By eliminating natural oils, your scalp will overcompensate by overproducing oils. Clogged hair pores caused by excess sebum and buildup can inhibit growth and lead to thinning hair. It’s best to prevent this by washing hair every other day or as necessary. Also, be gentle with your hair. There’s no need for excessive scrubbing.

4. Using the Wrong Tools

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to brushes. Certain textures work best with certain brushes. Your hair will look its best when you give it what it needs. For fine hair, it’s recommended that you use a brush with boar bristles. Not only is it super gentle, but it’ll help distribute natural oils throughout the hair. Curly hair will benefit from a combination of boar and nylon bristles. You’ll get a gentle brush through with enough tension from the nylon bristles to sort knots out. For medium-thick hair, try using a nylon brush to reduce static. Enjoy a struggle-free brush through with no tangles or knots left behind. For a defined curl and lustrous shine, a Denman brush works best for natural hair.

When all is said and done, treating your hair with kindness is the key to a shiny, lustrous finish. There’s no need for excessive brushing, scrubbing, or heat. To achieve the right results, you must use the right tools. Remove these bad hair habits from your daily routine and you’ll notice better-looking hair in no time.

So, which of these four habits are you guilty of doing?

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Great Hair

Are you a self-proclaimed “lazy girl”? Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when it comes to your hair routine. Looking to elevate your hair with minimum effort? Well, look no further. We’ve got five super simple hairdos that’ll have people tagging #hairgoals.

Do the Twist

It’s best to start with damp hair and a bit of styling crème, but works just fine with dry hair, too. (The benefits of damp hair will be apparent in our next tip.) Begin by splitting your hair into two sections as if you were making pigtails. Next, start at the top of the hairline and carefully twist the hair away from the face working your way down to the ends. Repeat on the other side. Take both sections and cross them at the back of the head to form a loose knot. Finish by securing the ends with pins and you’re done!

Undo the Twist

If you’re looking to achieve the perfect beachy, natural wave without the hassle of curling your hair, then we’ve got you covered. Follow the steps above, but make sure you begin with damp hair. Add a little bit of styling crème and do the twist. Leave your hair in the double twists all day, and overnight if possible, to reveal the perfect loose wave with minimum effort. Just take out the pins whenever your hair is dry and shake it out. Pretty easy, right?

The Side Braid

Braids are back my friend, and there’s nothing easier than the side braid. The key to this look is a soft texture. Begin by using a bit of styling crème and working it through hair for frizz maintenance. Next, gather your hair under one ear and begin braiding. Don’t braid too tight or this look could go kindergarten-chic quick. Secure with an elastic once done. Finish by loosening up a few pieces in the front for a more casual look.

The Double Bun

Your favorite low-bun just got an upgrade and it’s still easy to do. Begin by separating hair into two equal sections and tie the sections into a knot pulling tight against your head. Next, tie another knot on top of the first knot. Finish by tucking in the ends and pinning them in place. If you have longer hair, just wrap the excess hair around the bun and pin it in place. Add a little hairspray for extra hold.

The Side Pony 

This look is not only super easy but super chic too. You’ll want to start by working some styling crème into your hair to get rid of any frizz or flyaways. (For an extra sleek look, start by putting styling crème into wet hair and blow-dry hair straight with a paddle brush.) Next, use a comb to part your hair deeper on the side than you normally would and secure hair with an elastic at the nape of your neck.

For defense against pesky frizz and flyaways, use the Nutrifuse Styling Crème. With ingredients like argan oil, keratin, and collagen, it’s perfect for anyone looking to make hair sleeker without too much effort.

So, what’s your favorite lazy day hairstyle?

 

5 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

damaged hair remedy

So, you already know that heat and coloring leads to hair damage, right? Well, what if we told you there were other unexpected, daily activities that were contributing to the damage as well? Yikes! Read below to find out what everyday activities are ruining your hair.

1. Your Purse
Just think about it—If you wear your purse on your shoulder, chances are your hair has gotten caught under it more times than you can remember. Well, that constant pulling and tugging can lead to breakage. As you’re pulling your purse away, you’re also pulling your hair away with it. To prevent constant damage, become more conscious of how you wear your bag. Move hair out of the way or simply switch from shoulder to shoulder.

2. Your Ponytail
Again, you’re not thinking about it because you usually want to get your hair out of the way, but the simple go-to ponytail is damaging your hair. Much like the purse situation, a ponytail causes constant tugging of the hair. The pressure on the roots can often lead to hair loss known as traction alopecia. A simple solution is to move the ponytail higher or lower on your head to relieve pressure along the scalp.

3. Over-Brushing
Yep, brushing your hair too much can cause breakage. Why? Friction. Too much friction occurs when brushing hair too frequently which eventually leads to hair simply breaking off or ends splitting. Also, if you’re using a cheaper brush, the material can cause hair to snag and tangle ultimately leading to more breakage.

4. Over-Shampooing
You may think that washing your hair vigorously is the solution to removing oil build-up, but it can be the underlying cause of your problem. Over washing can strip hair of its natural oils leading to overproduction of unnecessary oils at the scalp and dry ends. Say hello to split ends! You’ll know you’re shampooing too often when hair starts looking dull and frayed at the ends.

5. Brushing Hair from Top to Bottom
Hair tends to tangle more when you start brushing from the top as opposed to the ends. Often, hair is literally pulled out of the scalp because of the tangles and snags that the brush encounters on the way down. For best results, start brushing from the bottom to gradually brush away tangles and knots and work your way up.

Are you guilty of doing any of these? Make sure you check out our line of hair restoration products for dry, damaged hair which can be caused by some of these bad habits.

Strange Hair Hacks That Actually Work

uncommon hair tips that are too good to be true

What’s hiding in your kitchen? Could it be the cure to brassy highlights? The secret to volume and texture? Or is it the cheapest and least damaging method to going a few shades darker? We compiled a list of weird, yet effective everyday kitchen items that will help you achieve better hair. Read on for the perfect solution to common hair ailments.

Nutella Hair Dye

We know, you probably shed a tear thinking about pouring Nutella anywhere other than your mouth, but this actually works! Straight from Huda Beauty, we discovered that a concoction of Nutella and condensed milk can dye hair a darker shade without the damaging chemicals. Don’t believe us? Watch this video to see for yourself.

Lemon Juice Lightener

Lemon juice is known to lighten dark marks when applied to your skin and lighten the whites of your eyes when served as a refreshing morning beverage, but what about your hair? Yep! Next time you find yourself soaking in the sun, try squeezing some lemon juice into your hair for a safer solution to lighter hair.

Coca-Cola Texturizer

Ever think about pouring a can of Coca-Cola over your head? No? Well, you might rethink that after you read this. Coca-Cola contains phosphoric acid which tightens the cuticle due to its ultra-low pH. The result? Softer, smoother hair with beachy like texture. Next time you shower, skip the shampoo and conditioner and just rinse your hair with a coke instead.

Dish Soap Fader

At home dye job gone terribly wrong? Check under your sink for this hair hack and you’ll thank us later. You never know how hair is going to react to certain hair dyes so when you end up with jet black hair when you were rooting for chocolatey brown, take a bit of dish soap and rinse out your hair. After one wash, it should lighten hair up to a shade or two.

Sweet ‘n Low Savior

Have a sensitive scalp? Try adding two packets of Sweet ‘n Low to your color formula to help protect your scalp during a dye job. Why does it work? Hair color is considered an alkaline (8-9) on the pH scale and hair itself is an acid with a pH of 4.5-5.5. When combining Sweet ‘N Low, which has ingredients with a low pH value, with hair dye, it acts as a neutralizer to offer relief for a sensitive scalp.

So, what do you think of these strange hair tips? Have you tried any? Let us know in the comments section below and let us know if you have any other wacky hair tips not mentioned here.

If you’re not willing to take the risk with these DIY tips, then check out our line of ultra-nourishing hair products for a guaranteed hair pick me up.