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Sweet, Sour & Shine: Creating Healthy Hair with Sugarcane & Lemon Zest Extracts

Sweet, Sour & Shine: Creating Healthy Hair with Sugarcane & Lemon Zest Extracts

What’s better than a crisp, cold lemonade on a summer day? We may be a few months from enjoying a tall glass by the pool, but you might be surprised to learn that these ingredients are good for more than a refreshing beverage. The benefits of sugarcane and lemon extracts for your hair are impressive enough on their own – but together they combine to create shine so bright that even the sun will be envious.

 

So how does it work? For starters, both are rich in vitamins and minerals which are then absorbed into the scalp and follicles, nourishing from within. Just like we feed the rest of our body with nutrients, the hair relies on a healthy foundation to promote hair growth, repair damage from heat/chemical treatments, and rebuild the strands inside and out. Healthy hair is also much better at preventing further damage, saving you time and money in the long run. It’s certainly an "UPGRADE!” (more on that later…)

 

Now that we know you need to “feed” your hair, it makes sense that (like every living being on this planet) it needs moisture to thrive. This is where sugarcane extract comes in. With a high moisture content, the use of this ingredient will rehydrate and condition your scalp and hair, leading to lustrous results without weighing down your strands like chemical-based conditioners can. In fact, by drawing moisture into each strand, you’ll end up with the appearance of fuller, shinier, bouncier hair.

 

While sugarcane is pretty awesome, lemon extract is equally remarkable. We all know vitamin C is an important part of any diet (and in fighting off these winter colds), but it can also reduce hair loss by strengthening and tightening your follicles. The extract also contains anti-fungal properties which help to curb dandruff – because who is going to notice your pretty hair when you have snowflakes on your shoulders?

 

It’s for all of the above reasons and more that we used these two natural and extraordinary ingredients in our UPGRADE Quick-Blow Dry Spray. The final product is a fresh-scented, lightweight spray designed to tame frizz, create a glossy finish, and condition dry or damaged hair. You can now achieve a salon-quality blow out in the comfort of your own home – and in 30% less time! So not only have you saved money by skipping a visit to your stylist, you now have time to enjoy life – perhaps to whip up a nice glass of lemonade on a sunny day…

 

Hair by: Kim Bruno @kimmykimster 
Photo by: Kim Bruno @kimmykimster 

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Sunflower Power: The Benefits of Sunflower Seed Extract

Sunflower Power: The Benefits of Sunflower Seed Extract

During these particularly harsh months of winter (lookin’ at you -15 degrees), we’re all searching for an excuse to bring the sunny summer vibes into our lives. Our hair and skin take a real beating from all the cold, dry air, leaving us thirsty for nutrients and moisture. That’s where our (not-so) secret ingredient comes in – sunflower seed extract! Contained in our intensive leave-in treatment, aptly named INTENSITY, the benefits of this vitamin-and-mineral-packed extract are numerous.

 

Sunflower seed extracts and oils have been used for years as a healthier alternative to standard cooking oil, but its hair and skin benefits have only recently been explored. Naturally, anything that is safe enough to consume SHOULD be safe for external use – and it certainly is! The natural properties of the oil make it highly absorbent, not only into the skin/scalp, but the hair strand itself. It is especially rich in Vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for hair health and growth.

 

While hair health starts from within, it’s that light-catching shine we’re all looking for. That’s why INTENSITY utilizes the conditioning features of the extract to create a lustrous shine that’s never greasy and won’t weigh your hair down. The oil also works to detangle, control frizz, and tame fly-aways to create manageable style. Furthermore, it’s going to absorb and protect against UV rays and other harmful free-radicals such as smoke and pollution.

 

But health is KEY! On top of all the vitamins (A, B, C and E) and minerals (iron, potassium and calcium), sunflower seed extract also contains high levels of Omega 9 acid. Where have you heard of that before? It’s often used as a supplement to control cholesterol or balance blood sugar (although you should always check with your physician before taking any supplements!) But what does it do for your hair? According to dermatologists, it has super-hydrating effects which can protect against chemical/heat damage and prevent brittle hair. It can even aid in healthy hair growth.

 

So in conclusion… Not only is sunflower seed oil/extract an excellent addition to a balanced diet, it’s also safe enough, absorbent enough, and beneficial enough to be an incredible and conditioning hair product ingredient. INTENSITY Leave-in Treatment, when used as a part of your regular hair care routine, will go that extra mile to create shiny, healthy, touchable locks. Lucky for you... we have plenty to go around! 

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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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