Antioxidants have become an essential part of your health routine, be they for your skin, your body, and now it seems for your hair. Yes you heard right, your hair needs antioxidants too. Antioxidants are those powerful protective agents that can protect our system, our skins, and our hair from the harms lurking all around us. But why would our hair need antioxidants? Simply because our scalps and hair are among the most absorbent of all. For the why’s and how’s read below.
Free radicals find it excruciatingly easy to penetrate our scalps and wreak havoc with the fragile balance that protects our hair from the elements. We always mention free radical action but what does that exactly mean? Free radicals are these harmful electrons that come from either the UV rays, from pollution, and from the metals in our water. Free radicals are able to bind with our hair to break down the proteins that make up our hair, and thus jeopardising its strength. Which is something we don’t want to mess with am I right or am I right?
What else can go wrong? Scalp buildup, and not just from the products we use, but also from dust and pollution. Chemicals, harsh treatments, and styling practices are also culprits. This type of oxidative stress can put our scalp’s biome out of balance thus providing a ripe environment for fungus to grow and cause problems such as dandruff and hair loss. So how can antioxidants reverse all that? By connecting themselves to the unpaired free radicals – as they are considered unpaired electrons. When antioxidants pair themselves with the free radicals they are then able to neutralise them so they don’t cause more harm to our locks. Certain antioxidants not only protect but they’re able to seal off the hair cuticle thus helping keep it stronger and more protected.
If you want to go the natural way we recommend you stock up your fridge and pantry with antioxidant favourites such as salmon, spinach and kale, avocados and artichoke hearts, berries and kiwis, walnuts and flaxseeds among others. However, if you’re hoping for faster results, when looking for products with antioxidants, it should be worthwhile knowing your vocabulary. What would be considered as an antioxidant for hair? Vitamins E, C, and A, beta carotene, charcoal, plant extracts such as (sunflower seed extract, artichokes, sea buckthorn berry, figs, lemongrass, milk thistle, cinnamon oil, green tea, grape seed extract, kiwi, and oolong among others), in addition to selenium and trace minerals. Products with zinc pyrithione can also provide real benefits; this is not exactly an antioxidant but it can still counteract the effects of free radicals and thus help with dandruff, fungus, and even hair loss.
The evidence of the benefits of antioxidants is astounding. After consistent usage of antioxidant products one can expect to see less breakage, frizziness, and tangles. Hair becomes hydrated and shiny, color lasts longer, melanin destruction gets halted and grey hair slows down. All in all, your hair will become one less thing to worry about, so let’s check out the products below.