Everyone should have that one friend who always teaches you something new. For me it is Sam, a Gen Z darling who enlightens me on the latest social media buzz every time I see them. Recently Sam mentioned that a TikTok video promoting hyaluronic acid for hair had gone viral, so I did some research…
As you might have heard hyaluronic acid has been making waves in skincare for hydrating skin and helping reduce the signs of ageing. It is produced naturally in our bodies where its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. It appears in serums and moisturisers where when applied to the skin acts as a humectant – a substance that draws moisture into the skin and helps the skin hold onto water. By hydrating the outer layer of skin it improves the skin’s appearance making it radiant and more youthful-looking.
The Viral Video
Recently Kaitlyn Boyer decided to test and document the hydrating magic of hyaluronic acid for hair posting a video on TikTok captioned, ‘Saw a TikTok that said hair oil doesn’t moisturize your hair, only water can. So I tried Hyaluronic Acid!’ This is the video Sam told me of, and when you watch it you can understand how it went viral! The TikTok video shows Kaitlyn applying The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 on her brittle ends for two weeks, and after just a few days there is a visible improvement. Watch below to see how Kaitlyn’s hair transforms.
@katilynroundtreeSaw a TikTok that said hair oil doesn’t moisturize your hair, only water can. So I tried Hyaluronic Acid! 🤯 ##hyaluronicacid ##hair ##hairhack ##dryhair♬ Good as Hell – Lizzo
The Why and How of Hyaluronic Acid for Hair
However hyaluronic acid for hair isn’t anything new. Hyaluronic acid has been used in haircare for some time but will often appear as sodium hyaluronate on the ingredients list – the least expensive form of hyaluronic acid. Similar to how it works as a skincare product, hyaluronic acid and its different forms works to hydrate hair, reduce frizziness, could potentially add volume to your roots with a plumping effect and hydrates the scalp.
The best news is that it suits all hair types, which is the kind of inclusive beauty we like to see! You could:
- massage it into your scalp as a pre-shampoo treatment;
- place daily on damp hair for a smoother and shinier finish once dry;
- combine it with jojoba and argan oils to rejuvenate dry air or keratin to strengthen hair.
While you could use the hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime in your hair, it might be unnecessarily expensive, so search for products containing sodium hyaluronate instead.
Want to learn more about using hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime? Read more here.
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