By now, you’ve likely heard about the wonders of hyaluronic acid (HA). You may know it as the skin care superhero that’s touted to combat dryness, provide intense hydration to the skin barrier and visibly reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Turns out, that holy grail anti-aging ingredient isn’t just for your face. Lately, more and more beauty brands are taking advantage of the benefits of hyaluronic acid for hair and formulating hair care staples with it. It might just also be the secret to achieving a smoother and healthier-looking mane — especially for folks with waves and curls.
So, if you’re looking to meet your hair goals quicker, you’ll want to incorporate these shampoos with hyaluronic acid and other products into your hair care routine stat.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Good for Hair?
Hyaluronic acid for hair works similarly like it does for skin, adding hydration by helping to lock in moisture. As a result, it helps keep frizz away and gives lifeless hair a plumped up effect. We’d just advise, apply hyaluronic acid to your hair through the proper hair care products — HA made for skin may not have the effect on your hair that you’re looking for.
How Do You Apply Hyaluronic Acid to Your Hair?
The short answer to this: With the right hair care products made with hyaluronic acid, of course (you had to see that coming). Check out some of our favorites — we’ve got all hair types covered.
Healthy hair starts at the root. No seriously, it’s important to cleanse your scalp and mane with a hydrating formula as it will set the stage for the rest of your hair care routine. That’s why if you have waves, curls or coily hair, it’s a good idea to begin washing your hair with this shampoo.
Not only does it work wonders at cleansing your strands without stripping them of moisture, but thanks to hyaluronic acid and castor oil, it also provides intense hydration for an impressive 72 hours with no weigh-down. Plus, it’s paraben-free, making it a great (and safer!) option for people with sensitive scalps.
As anyone with curly hair knows, the key to perfectly-coiled spirals and a frizz-free mane all comes down to nourishing products. This hyaluronic acid-infused conditioner detangles the tightest curls without breaking the definition and bounce of your curls.
Like the shampoo, it also provides a boost of hydration for up to three days, leaving you with light and airy curls. For best results, use your fingers to gently comb the product through your hair and detangle starting from the ends to reduce any breakage.
When your curls are feeling a bit heavy and need a quick refresh, reach for this sulfate- and silicone-free micellar shampoo with hyaluronic acid. Its game-changing water-to-foam formula acts like a magnet to gently remove product buildup, leaving your scalp feeling clean.
Using the pointed tip, apply the micellar shampoo directly to your scalp and gently massage the formula into your hair while working the lather through your mid-lengths to ends. Rinse well and follow with the Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Seal Conditioner.
If you’re dreaming of the silkiest strands and bounciest of curls, look no further than this leave-in conditioner. It’s a must-have for nourishing, preserving and reviving all types of curls. Use it on damp hair in the morning for all-day hydration, extra definition and frizz reduction.
Or better yet, run the leave-in conditioner through your strands before bed for even more hydration. It delivers a silk pillowcase effect overnight by preserving and protecting your curls and keeping them extra soft.
Gone are the days of crunchy, sticky and weighed down curls. This hyaluronic acid-infused leave-in spray is like a refresher that reshapes and rehydrates days-old curls, instantly bringing them back to life. Just spritz the lightweight, watery mist throughout damp hair and watch your curls become bouncy, frizz-free spirals.
Curls aren’t the only hair type that can get dry, which is why this shampoo for all textures is infused with hyaluronic acid to replump (yes, you read that right!) and rehydrate dry tresses. Just like its curls counterparts, it keeps the hair hydrated for 72 hours while creating long-lasting moisture retention.
Follow up the aforementioned with this conditioner that pairs best with it. The shampoo cleanses while the conditioner detangles, and both coat the cuticle for bouncy, shiny hair. If you have thin hair you’ll especially benefit from HA in this formula as it helps to add hydration to the hair fiber, which in turn adds thickness to the strands. So you end up with healthier (and healthy-looking), plumped up hair.
Of course, no real hair wardrobe is complete without a nourishing serum. This HA-infused hair serum locks in moisture to help reshape dry hair without weighing it down. It’s the perfect substitute for those days when you want to skip leave-in conditioner but need to hydrate your hair or give it a pick-me-up. Simply spritz onto wet or dry hair an inch or two down from your roots and work through your ends.
Written by: Sophie Dweck, Updated by Shalwah Evans; Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Associate Creative Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Associate Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Model: Alexandra Van Zant
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