The 5 Pillars Of Hydration: #4 – Scalp And Hair
Healthy, youthful looking hair relies on ample hydration, both in the hair itself and in the scalp where the hair follicles reside. Getting this vital moisture to where it’s needed (and keeping it there) has long been the challenge of the beauty and cosmetics industry. Traditional solutions have relied on oils and waxes that adhere to the hair fibers and help add moisture but also collect dust and debris. Other applications include medicated scalp care that minimizes the effects of hair that lacks proper moisture.
But there’s another approach that is regarded as the ultimate in hydration. It works by supporting your body’s own natural hydration system. The secret is a miracle molecule called hyaluronic acid (HA), a long-chain sugar molecule that our bodies produce naturally. In this series The 5 Pillars of Hydration, we’ve already discovered how HA can help hydrate your joints, eyes, and skin. Now, let’s have a look at what this amazing molecule can do for the health of your hair and scalp.
Hyaluronic Acid—The Miracle Hydrator
In 1934, scientists Karl Meyer and John Palmer were studying cow eyes when they discovered a long-chain sugar molecule with an amazing ability to bind and transport water. This molecule (hyaluronic acid) can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! It can also move that water to the parts of our bodies where it’s most needed. When the HA molecule binds with water, it creates a clear, viscous gel that is essential in lubricating our joints (synovial fluid), maintaining the fluid in our eyes (vitreous fluid), and in assuring that our skin has sufficient moisture to remain elastic, supple, and youthful. It also is the ideal moisturizer for your hair.
Hyaluronic Acid for Hair & Scalp Health
The surface of our scalp (the epidermis) is actually less than a millimeter thick and is our first line of protection against environmental damage, toxins, and a host of potentially harmful microbes. Beneath that lies the dermis, our skin’s thickest layer, which is composed of a lattice of HA-rich collagen and elastin fibers. These fibers provide the skin with its elasticity and its resilience. This dermal layer is also where our hair follicles reside. Here, below the epidermis, hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates the millions of cells deep within the scalp.
Each day, our hair relies on HA to help retain vital nutrients, support new scalp structure, and hold up to the effects of environmental damage. HA also works to help the hair shaft remain supple, supporting a more lustrous, youthful appearance and a thicker, fuller hair appearance. HA also helps the scalp remain elastic and resist drying.
The Importance of Hyaluronic Acid Supplementation
As you age, your body changes in many ways. Your body that produced ample supplies of hyaluronic acid when you were 20 may produce only half that amounts by age 50. Insufficient reserves of HA may result in less hydrated , thinner hair; hair that is more vulnerable to effects from sun and blow-drying. Insufficient HA can also be a contributor to a less hydrated and bothersome scalp. All these can combine to give us an older, less healthy appearance.
Fortunately, hyaluronic acid supplementation—both in the form of dietary and topical treatments—may help restore our natural reserves of HA to more youthful levels. For our hair, that can mean stronger, more supple, and resilient fibers, as well as a bouncier and more full looking head of hair.
The Hyalogic Difference
At Hyalogic, we’ve made the study of hydration our life’s work. We understand how HA’s hydrating power works from the inside out to bring out the natural beauty in your hair and have created our products with you in mind. Hyalogic products use long-chain, high-molecular-weight HA molecules—the same kind our bodies produce naturally—so the HA we make is in a form your body can put to work immediately, nourishing and hydrating your scalp and hair.
All Hyalogic products derive their HA from vegetable sources and are considered vegan-friendly. Check out our hair and scalp products and discover what the Hyalogic difference can mean for you.