From floral extracts to plant seed oils, clean compounds are double impact; they’re good for the earth and your strands. While common organic ingredients like coconut oil and jojoba extract may sound familiar, allow us to introduce you to a wonder plant you may not have heard of just yet: sea buckthorn berry. Native to Siberia, this tough shrub-born berry faces some of the harshest environmental conditions on the planet. Armed with an arsenal of powerful nutrients like omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, as well as a high concentration of vitamin C and over 190 biologically active compounds, sea buckthorn berry works overtime to nourish and protect hair, among other benefits.
The berry is quickly becoming one of beauty’s best-kept secrets. We sat down with Aoife McCarthy, a Pro Educator at Amika, to get every detail on the unique benefits of this brand’s go-to ingredient. Read on to find out why you should incorporate this superfruit into your haircare routine ASAP.
Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Berry for Hair
1. It’s packed with vitamins and fatty acids.
“Sea buckthorn is truly a one-of-a-kind ingredient because it has so many vitamins and minerals packed into it,” Aoife explains. “The most notable would have to be the fact that it contains omega-7.” According to Aoife, this fatty acid aids the production of collagen, which helps heal damage in the hair and any inflammation on the scalp. This power plant’s unique properties help your hair grow healthier and more luscious.
2. Sea buckthorn berry is multi-purpose.
So how does sea buckthorn berry stack up against other natural extracts and oils? The wonder ingredient delivers a powerful punch in one tiny package. “It really has everything you could want in a small (and very concentrated) package,” Aoife shares. “It has 15 times more vitamin C than a whole orange, three times more vitamin A than a carrot, vitamin E, and omegas 3,6,7, and 9.” This hardy plant product is truly a one-and-done ingredient. Add it to your routine ASAP if you want happy, healthy hair without additional additives.
3. This super fruit benefits all hair types and textures.
“Truly anyone would benefit from adding Sea Buckthorn into their hair routine,” Aoife recommends. “It’s especially beneficial for anyone who has scalp inflammation or damage to their hair or scalp because of the healing properties of the omega-7.” Products like Amika’s Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask and cult-favorite Reset Exfoliating Jelly Scalp Scrub are a great place to start if you’re looking to include this superfruit in your lineup. According to Aoife, all-natural enthusiasts can even benefit from adding the berry to their diets because of its health benefits.
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