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Everyday Haircare Ingredients

A number of natural haircare ingredients can be found in your fridge, pantry, and garden (though the commercial products offer some distinct advantages).

Cocoa butter, an oily substance extracted from the bean of the cocoa tree, is added to haircare products to help to create a barrier on the hair, sealing in moisture and preventing water from evaporating.

Coconut oil and milk may moisturize hair and skin, and their antioxidant properties help fight the effects of free radicals. In addition, coconut has natural antifungal compounds.

Fruits such as mango, papaya, avocado, and others, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, these foods may cleanse and nourish the scalp and hair.

Honey is known for its powerful antimicrobial properties, and is thought to draw moisture into the skin and hair.

Mud and clay hair masks are used to help balance scalp skin, as well as nourish and detoxify. Look for options full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.

Oatmeal is a rich emollient due to its high gluten and mucilage content. Its texture can also help remove dry, dead scalp cells.

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