When combined with an oil, certain extracts like aloe vera, which is said to heal minor skin injuries, can help repair a scalp that’s been damaged by chemical processing.
“If the scalp is on the dry side, most of the time, you need to have a combination of natural and synthetic materials,” says Dr. Ali Syed, president of Avlon Industries and master chemist for Syntonics formulations.
“Botanicals have been around for a long time and as styles changed, things become sort of cyclical,” says Syed. He adds that botanical oils are gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers who have been “pushing the envelope toward natural ingredients in food, personal care, and health.”
One of the pioneers in the oil boom is Moroccanoil, which introduced its signature Moroccanoil three years ago. Driven by the success of the initial products, the company has been introducing new products ever since, says Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero.
The popularity of the products was especially evident among curly clients and the stylists who use them. As a result, the company answered the demand with several curl-specific products containing its argan oil. The line now boasts a curl-defining mousse, curl control cream and intense curl cream. Moroccanoil infuses their argan oil with vitamin A, E and F to protect against free-radicals.
“What makes our curl line so unique is that the formulas work on dry and wet hair,” says Calero. “These formulations not only make styling easier, but they also decrease frizz, make curls more manageable, and restore moisture to the hair.”
Now there are a number of great oils available, including: Mizani Supreme Oil; Oscar Blandi products with jasmine oil; Oribe Haircare’s oilinfused products; and Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil.