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White Oak Bark: Branching Out across the Beauty Industry

White Oak Bark: Branching Out across the Beauty Industry

If you’re from our neck of the woods (pun intended) in the Northeast of the US, you’re likely very familiar with the gigantic white oak tree. What you may not be familiar with is the variety of uses extracted from the gray-ish white, bumpy bark. Native Americans knew all about the magical healing properties derived from these large trees and soon after, the first settlers were using it too – as an antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and even as a diuretic. Now the aforementioned uses are usually associated with an illness or wound, but you don’t have to be injured to reap the benefits for your hair.


There are many nutrients contained within the white oak bark (or quercus alba bark) extract, such as B12, iron and potassium. But the most standout component is its high tannin content (somewhere between 15-20%). Tannins, a class of astringent (drying, constricting agent), are found in a variety of things you may already consume, namely wine and tea. You also may have heard of “Tannin Smoothing”, a hair treatment used as an alternative to other chemical smoothers, which is designed to reduce frizz and increase softness. In our products, the astringent and anti-inflammatory properties of the tannins work to regulate the amount of oil in your hair/on your scalp which in turn reduces dandruff, prevents hair loss, and strengthens the hair follicle. Not only that, but your hair will stay fresher for longer – no more greasy second day hair!


While tannins might be the star of the extract, there are other elements which solve a variety of common hair issues. Flavonoids, a common plant chemical, work to protect the plant itself from harmful free-radicals (pollution, smoke, harmful UV rays, etc.) and they do the same for your hair! Quercetin, one of these flavonoids, works to strengthen the blood vessels and increase blood circulation to the scalp. This in combination with the vitamin B12 promotes healthier, faster growing hair.


So where can you find this wondrous and woody extract? We’ve included white oak bark extract in both our LOCK IT IN and STACKED Shampoos. LOCK IT IN is for color-protection, so the tannins work to smooth damaged hair and the flavonoids block against UV damage – one of the main causes of color fade. STACKED is a volumizing shampoo, so the flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals work to promote new, healthy hair growth and prevent breakage, while the tannins rid you of the oily build-up that’s preventing the lift and bounce you’re going for.  So when you’re searching for a new shampoo, take a step back towards nature and the countless benefits of the historic white oak tree!


Hair & Photo by @hairbytaypoletti

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We cLove the Benefits of Garlic Extract!

We cLove the Benefits of Garlic Extract!

You may be thinking “how and why would I ever put smelly garlic in my hair?” It may be the best topping for bread and a tasty addition to nearly any recipe, but this pungent plant is not usually associated with hair care. However, it has been used for many years as a home remedy for cold symptoms, fighting off infections, and more recently, for longer, thicker, stronger hair. So what is it about garlic that has attracted the attention of the hair industry?


Garlic, found in our LOCK IT IN STACKED Shampoos, is loaded with hair-improving vitamins, minerals, and elements such as sulfur, selenium, copper, and calcium. Vitamins C, B2, and B1 work to increase circulation in your scalp which promotes healthy hair growth, therefore helping to prevent hair loss. Sulfur is especially important for stronger hair growth since it acts as a building block for keratin, the nutrient which makes your hair and nails grow. Additionally, selenium loads up your hair with Vitamin E which effectively prevents breakage , keeping more of your hair where it should be – on your head!  Copper is another prominent element found in garlic and it can actually prevent the growth of defective, unhealthy hair, improving the overall health of your strands. And we can’t forget about calcium, which helps to improve the structural component of your hair.


 As if all that isn’t enough, in 2007 scientists performed a double blind study on people suffering from alopecia (a condition that causes hair loss). One group received a betamethasone cream, typically used to treat swelling, itching, and skin irritation, and one group was given a gel containing betamethasone and 5% garlic. The group using the garlic gel saw an average of 1.5cm2 reduction in areas that were balding, as opposed to the other group which only saw a 0.4cm2 reduction. Although there still needs to be more research done on garlic for treating baldness, it’s been found that the antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of the plant have proven to be beneficial.


And that’s not all the antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties of the extract are good for. They also work to reduce buildup on the scalp, prevent dandruff, and fight off bacteria that can lead to unhealthy hair.


So while you won’t smell that familiar garlic-y odor in our shampoos, that’s the only thing missing from our LOCK IT IN and STACKED Shampoos – which we think everyone is ok with. You won’t walk around smelling like an Italian restaurant, but your hair will show the results of this wondrous extract.


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Hair & Photo by Kayce Babinski @beautybybabinski

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Beach in a Bottle: Brown Seaweed & Your Hair!

Beach in a Bottle: Brown Seaweed & Your Hair!

Sure, no one likes the feeling of seaweed tickling your foot at the bottom of the sea floor (although it could be worse!) but did you know that this slimy water weed can actually make your hair grow? And that’s not all – it can re-hydrate, restore, and revitalize even the most damaged hair. Not so creepy anymore, right? Well let’s dive in!


Found on the coasts of the British Isles, Europe, the Baltic Sea, and Eastern North America, this vitamin-rich sea veggie is making waves in the beauty industry. Here at Paul Joseph Professional, we recognized the multiple benefits of brown seaweed extract and knew we had to incorporate it into our product line. But what is it most useful for? How could our clients get the most out of it? What effect does it have on your hair? Well through intensive research and the help of our trusted chemists, we have our answers!


First and foremost – brown seaweed (or for the scientists in the crowd, fucus vesiculous) is a common large algae, often referred to as “bladderwrack,” and is mostly found on the coasts of the British Isles. Despite the unappealing nickname, bladderwrack contains an impressive amount of vitamins (11), minerals (46) and amino acids (16) – all which work in different ways to nourish and improve the condition of your hair – and even promote growth! Here is a breakdown of some of the most prominent components and their functions:


  • Antioxidants:  Brown seaweed extract contains high amounts of Vitamin A, a free-radical fighting antioxidant. This means your hair will be protected against the harmful effects of the sun, pollution and smoke (all which can cause your strands to break down and appear dull.) It’s also used in many anti-aging skin serums for the same reason.
  • Amino Acids:  Amino Acids are “the building blocks” of protein, and the protein keratin makes up about 88% of your hair.  The outer “shell” (cuticle) of the hair fiber is made up of amino acids, so introducing additional particles helps to re-build and restore damaged strands. The end result is stronger and healthier hair.
  • Minerals:  Iodine, potassium and phosphorus are the stand-out minerals contained in brown seaweed and they all work to promote hair health, growth, and hydration.


You may have noticed that most of these benefits center around hair growth/health. That’s why it’s a perfect fit for our STACKED line – in particular STACKED CONDITIONER. We wanted a safe and natural solution to flat, lifeless hair and the evidence was overwhelmingly in favor of our beloved bladderwrack. So if your locks could use a boost, give our friendly sea plant a chance and try STACKED CONDITIONER today! (We recommend pairing with STACKED SHAMPOO and UPGRADE QUICK BLOW DRY SPRAY for silky, voluminous results :)

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