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Hair Care Ingredients Nourish and Support

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: May 1, 2008, from the May 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Litchiderm, a lychee extract with free radical scavenging effects, helps reduce color fading of dyed hair and protects against the toxic effects of oxygen radical stress. Litchiderm is said to leave hair shiny and vibrant while protecting color and hair structure. Both companies further serve the trend for “all natural” by offering Vitaplex and Litchiderm in preservative-free versions.

For hairstyling, Laboratoires Sérobiologiques offers Phytosleek, a new generation biopolymer to straighten hair on its overall length, reduce frizz and improve manageability.

To keep curls well defined, Purisilk, also from LS, is designed to provide protection of the hair against external stress and act as a curl “sculptor” for rejuvenated, elastic and well-defined curls. Moving from hair styling to scalp health, LS offers Vegeles Propolis, a natural propolis extract that is a resin created by bees, known for moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory effect, demonstrated in vitro through the inhibition of lipoxygenase activity, aids in protection against scalp itching, adds long-lasting moisturization and, according to LS, is recommended for daily application and sensitive scalp treatments.

The company’s Phytosoothe is a compound of phytosterols from canola (rapeseed) and cetearyl alcohol that treats scalp irritation and general hair damage. Designed to be easy to handle and energy and cost saving, with lower heating requirements in production, Phytosoothe is also available in a preservative-free form.

Cognis notes a hot issue for hair today is treating the damage caused by blow drying, straightening and chemical treatments. The company’s Protein Cascade System is a triple repair mechanism for hair, based on rescue proteins that can be tailored to individual needs. Vegetable-derived proteins work systematically to repair damaged hair at three levels. Gluadin W 40, a wheat protein, adheres to the surface of the hair, Gluadin Soy penetrates the cuticle and Gluadin WLM, a wheat microprotein, penetrates into the cortex of the hair fiber to protect, repair and restructure from within.