What Shampoo is Best For Hair Growth?

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In today’s day and age, shampoo is a non-negotiable step of your hair care routine. Besides cleaning your hair, what are the rest of the ingredients doing? Advancement in modern science has pushed hair care products into new heights to achieve the results you desire to have. If you are looking to boost the length and strength of your follicles, choosing the proper shampoo is the trick.

What shampoo is best for hair growth, you may wonder? There are many key factors in aiding in the growth of hair, and knowing which ingredients to look for will ensure you find the right shampoo to kickstart this process into high gear. We have a handy quiz to help you find the perfect WOW shampoo for your hair needs!

Whether it’s a temporary issue stemmed from hormones due to pregnancy or other circumstances, genetics, or any other ailment, loss of hair can be devastating.  The good news is, despite the setback with how you look or feel, there are ways to increase and stimulate your hair to grow healthier and better.  Depending on the severity of your problem, selecting a specific shampoo that contains ingredients to boost hair growth will help to improve overall hair health with consistent use.

Ingredients To Look For

Any shampoo can do the job of keeping your hair clean and removing excess build-up from your scalp.  Looking for the perfect shampoo to aid in hair growth requires some understanding of which ingredients you need. First and foremost, if you suffer from hair loss, the root of the problem is exactly that, the root. As hair growth is dependent upon a healthy scalp, stimulating the root is essential to reach your hair goals. 

Look out for these key ingredients in your shampoo:

  • Moroccan Argan Oil - The literal gold standard in hair care, Moroccan argan oil has is a prized ingredient known for its restorative powers. Made from the fruit of the Argan tree, it’s many health benefits can be found in numerous beauty products from the skin to hair.  This Vitamin E-rich formula provides much-needed hydration to your strands, restoring its strength to reduce the breakage and strands from falling out.  The fatty acids work to fortify your hair, providing an extra layer of protection from free radicals produced by the sun. This powerful moisturizer is a highly sought after hair care ingredient, and rightfully so. That’s why WOW Skin Science formulated their Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo to repair, nourish, and strengthen your strands. 
  • Coconut Oil -  This multitasking ingredient has benefits beyond cooking. This fatty acid-rich oil is the epitome of nourishment. Coconut’s high concentration of lauric acid is the component that sets it apart from other oils, as it mimics the body’s naturally producing oil, sebum. Not just great for shampoo, coconut oil also works as a hot oil treatment, providing much-needed moisture and protection for the hair, thus an overall healthier environment for new growth to occur. Lucky for you, WOW Skin Science’s Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner combo does just that!
  • Nettle Leaf - Used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years, the prickly leafed nettle plant can be found in North America, Africa and Europe.  This usually skin-irritating plant is effective in helping with hair growth, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Assisting in simultaneously healing and protecting the scalp, nettle leaf extract can work to nourish and bolster a healthy environment for hair growth. 
  • Saw Palmetto - A natural alternative to combat hair loss, this berry-bearing plant has been used by Native Americans as medicine and food for hundreds of years.  Known as a healing palm plant, the anti-inflammatory properties help soothe irritated scalps, which is why you can find it in WOW’s Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo.  Rich in moisture-retaining and hair-strengthening silica, saw palmetto can help to combat hair loss in general. Creating a healthy environment for hair growth!
  • Almond Oil - While almonds make delicious snacks, the oil derived from this tree nut has benefits beyond the simple presentation. Like other oils used in beauty, almond oil provides strengthening nourishment for your strands. The Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acid-rich formula boost shine for that healthy hair look!  
  • Aloe Vera - Well known in the world of first aid, aloe vera has healing properties commonly used for soothing burns, cuts and wounds. The same soothing properties work wonders for hair. If you have a dry or inflamed scalp, aloe vera works to calm any irritation. Not to sound like a broken record, but hair growth is heavily dependent on scalp health. Heal and promote growth at the root and the results you desire will come to fruition!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - While it may sound like an odd ingredient for shampoo, this wonder ingredient is the star of WOW Skin Science’s Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo. The naturally pH balanced formula neutralizes free radicals, which damage hair cells, DNA, proteins, and cell membranes that lead to weaker, thinner hair. By helping to heal weak strands, you can restore your locks to a healthier state for proper growth to occur.  
  • Ingredients To Avoid

    Just like the ingredients to look for, there are just as many harmful ingredients to be mindful of. It can be counterproductive to increasing the growth and overall health of your locks if you’re using harsh chemicals on your hair. Taking the time to fully understand which ones to avoid and why can help you reach your hair goals!

    • Parabens -  This preservative is commonly found in hair care products, and can be easily absorbed into the skin and scalp. They come in numerous types, which ultimately pose harm to users. The risks of exposure to parabens include scalp irritation, drying, color fading, and possibly hair loss.   
    • Sulfates - Used as a binding and cleansing agent, sulfates are chemicals used often in beauty products to create a lathering effect.  While they are widely used, it does not necessarily mean that they should be. Studies have been conducted to determine their effectiveness and potential harm with somewhat inconclusive results, but what has been found is that people with sensitive skin should avoid sulfates altogether.  
    • Formaldehyde - You have likely heard of formaldehyde (yes, the same formaldehyde that is used for preserving corpses), so why in the world is it an additive in hair products?  Unfortunately, it is a by-product of certain preservatives used and a well-known carcinogen that causes irritation, and worse to your skin.  
    • Isopropyl Alcohol - Isopropyl alcohol can be found in numerous cosmetics, and while it isn’t harmful in those instances, the use of it in shampoo can be more damaging than good. The issue lies with how much it dries out the strands when applied to your hair.  Shampooing already strips moisture during the cleansing process, so the added isopropyl alcohol only worsens this issue. This will result in dry, frizzy, and ultimately unhealthy hair - not a good environment for hair growth.  

      Next Steps

      With your newfound knowledge of which ingredients to look for and avoid, you can narrow down your routine to promote healthy hair growth. If you’re curious, take our quiz to find the perfect products for your hair needs! 

      Having an understanding of how to spot quality ingredients and what those ingredients do allows you to make the most informed decision when it comes to choosing the right shampoo for your specific hair growth needs. It's no surprise that newer products are harnessing the power of nature to find the best botanicals for keeping hair gorgeous and healthy.  Sticking to tried and true natural ingredients will provide the best results in the healthiest way possible.  

      WOW Skin Science’s well-researched and developed hair care products feature only the best natural ingredients with the ultimate restorative and strengthening properties. Take what you have learned and choose the best shampoo for your dream hair, we make it easy to WOW!  


      Sources:

      1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/stinging-nettle-uses-and-risks#1
      2.  https://www.healthline.com/health/saw-palmetto-hair-loss#saw-palmetto
      3. https://www.nanogen.com/blog/ingredients-to-avoid

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