Most of us probably shampoo our hair daily, or at least several times a week. But if you pay any attention to what hair care experts are saying these days, that’s way too often, and your hair is being damaged as a result.
The detergents in shampoo — even the “natural” stuff — disrupt the scalp’s oil production mechanism and strip the hair shaft of moisture. You’ve likely shampooed your hair thousands of times over the years, and as a result your hair may have become dry, dull, frizzy and prone to breakage.
At least, that’s part of the logic behind the “no ‘poo” craze that has some people forgoing shampoo altogether in favor of alternatives like baking soda and vinegar.
You can find plenty of information on it online if you’re interested, but if you are like me and the idea of skipping shampoo makes you cringe, please keep reading.
A Top Industry Expert Weights In
I asked my friend David Pollock, a top industry expert who has formulated products for some of the top beauty companies in the word, what he thought about the “no ‘poo” idea.
He told me that while over-shampooing can make your scalp tight and itchy and leave your hair wrecked, under-shampooing can make your scalp oily and give you dandruff.
Recently, David let me in on a little secret that can counteract the damage shampoo can cause, so you can continue to wash your hair at whatever frequency you choose and still enjoy smooth, shiny, gorgeous hair.
Hair Oils: The Secret to Great Hair?
Putting oil in your hair may seem counterintuitive, since for years, many of us dedicated our hair regimen to avoiding that “greasy” feeling.
But as it turns out, putting a very small amount of specific types of oil in your hair may be the best thing you could possibly do to keep your scalp healthy and your hair looking great, especially as you age. And this holds true for both women and men!
These oils can work wonders, helping to deeply condition the hair by replenishing lipids and nourishing the skin on the scalp, as well as lubricating and detangling. They also help to seal the hair cuticle, which makes them great at protecting hair from the heat of styling tools and the elements.
And while shampoo has only been around since the 1930s, many cultures throughout the world have relied on nutrient-rich oils for hair care for centuries.
There are many options when it comes to hair oils, but based on my conversations with David, and reviewing the latest research, there are three hair oils that are clearly beneficial: argan oil, cacay oil and coconut oil. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these oils can do for your hair.
Argan Oil: The Luxurious, Lightweight Instant Luster Booster
Sales of hair oils have risen dramatically in the last few years. The reason for the surge is in large part due to the phenomenal rise and popularity of shine-boosting argan oil, the luxurious, lightweight oil extracted from the edible nuts of the argan tree, which grows abundantly in Morocco — where it has a long history of use for hair loss and dry hair, as well as for supporting healthy skin and nails.
Argan oil has been shown to:
Promote hair growth: Argan oil’s ability to promote hair growth is due to its ability to boost production of keratin, the protein that forms your hair’s main structural component. Argan oil is also rich in vitamin E, carotenoids and other antioxidants, which combat free radical damage.
Replenish moisture to the hair follicle: Argan oil contains the monounsaturated fatty acids (including oleic acid and linoleic acid) our hair craves. When even just a tiny amount of this oil penetrates the hair shaft, these lipids can restore the look of healthy, shiny, moisturized hair.
Reduces frizz: Argan oil moisturizes and smooths the hair shaft, and as a result, dramatically reduces frizz and fly-aways and makes hair more manageable.
Increase shine instantly: Dull hair can be the result of both reduced hydration and product build-up. Argan oil restores natural luster to the hair by hydrating the hair shaft from the inside out. And because the molecules are small enough to be absorbed, argan oil does this without contributing to greasy build-up.
Moisturize the scalp to reduce flakes: The chemical structures of argan oil closely mimic sebum, the substance your body produces to protect skin. Rubbing it on the scalp daily has been known to reduce flaking.
IMPORTANT: Choose Natural Argan Oil
Make sure that any argan oil product you’re using is free of artificial fragrances and colors, hormone-disrupting parabens, silicon and other unnatural and potentially hazardous ingredients! Due to argan oil’s popularity, there are a slew of argan oil hair care products out there that are predominantly made of toxic synthetic chemicals. For example, here’s the ingredients list for one of the most popular, highly-advertised argan oil products on the market:
INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl Methyl Propional, Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil (Argan Oil), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed ) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
Yikes! I wouldn’t want that anywhere near my hair. If the argan oil you use has any added ingredients, make sure they are other natural oils with hair benefits.
Cacay Oil: The Nut Oil Experts Are Calling “The Next Big Thing in Beauty”
Cacay oil has been taking the niche industry of anti-aging spa treatments by storm, with some brands offering this key ingredient in anti-aging treatments that can cost anywhere from $200-$400 an ounce.
This nutrient-dense oil comes from the seed of the cacay tree found deep in the Colombian Amazon. Originally harvested and used for its healing properties, it works wonders for soothing stressed hair, as well as skin irritations and burns.
Cacay oil caught the attention of beauty experts when it was discovered that this exotic nut oil contains high levels of hydrating linoleic acid, which helps to nourish, soften and condition hair while restoring silkiness and shine. Linoleic acid also helps to defend hair and skin from the elements. Cacay oil also contains high levels of antioxidants that protect proteins in the hair and skin from damage.
But, as you can imagine, many brands hesitate to offer cacay oil due to its cost, not recognizing that it only takes a very small amount of cacay oil to provide amazing benefits to hair, (as well as skin and nails), and to boost the smoothing and rejuvenating power of argan oil.
Coconut Oil: The Cooling, Deeply Hydrating Hair Restorer
While it has recently gained popularity as one of the healthiest oils you can cook with, coconut oil has a multitude of uses, including the ability to help refresh and rejuvenate a stressed scalp.
While most oils contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids, coconut oil consists almost entirely of medium-chain fatty acids (MCT). The molecular structure of these fatty acids is so small it enables these MCTs to penetrate the hair shaft, delivering deep hydration and nourishment. Coconut oil is also a rich skin conditioner because the MCTs penetrate so deeply.
As a styling agent, coconut oil provides protection against the heat of hair dryers, flat irons, hot rollers and curling irons, which zap the moisture out of the hair shaft causing it to be dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Coconut oil also helps to tame fly-aways, frizz and more — even for thick curly hair.
So Which Oil Is Best For Your Hair?
Regardless of your gender, using any one of the three oils above will do wonders for your hair. So how to decide?
Well you could start with one and switch every few months, then choose which is best for you. But this could take a while and it may be hard to decide.
Or you could buy them all separately and use them together, but this could get expensive, and using three different products is hardly convenient.
If you’re like me, I need something that won’t break the bank and that’s convenient to use. That’s why I looked high and low for a natural, chemical-free hair care product that combined all three of these nourishing hair oils into one simple, effective solution, but I simply couldn’t find one.
In addition to my work with Live in the Now, I also run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been making natural products for over 20 years. So I asked David Pollack to draw on his 25+ years of experience developing natural beauty products to come up with a deep-conditioning hair oil that was safe, natural and effective. And it had to be affordable.
The Only Deep Conditioning Hair Oil I Recommend
Based on years of development and testing, David helped me create a new product called TriFX, and I think you’ll love how pure, natural, luxurious and lightweight it feels in your hair. We worked hard to create a product that met our high standards for purity, with only a few drops needed to provide powerful hydration that will not weigh down your hair or make it look or feel greasy. Plus TriFX is priced as low as $19.95 per bottle, making it outrageously affordable.
I encourage you to do your own research, to make sure I’m not shamelessly promoting my own product. But here’s why I am confident that TriFX is simply the best option out there for natural hair care (and it’s great for skin and nails, too!):
- TriFX is the first product on the market to combine natural Moroccan argan oil with Kahai® cacay oil and pure coconut oil into a lightweight formula that balances oil production in the scalp and can be used as a versatile daily moisture and shine treatment for all types of hair.
- TriFX is enhanced with squalane, an antioxidant that helps to lock in moisture to keep hair supple and strong, as well as green tea, which is rich in the potent antioxidant EGCG. TriFX also contains residue-dissolving grapefruit peel oil, along with a blend of natural botanicals that provide a delightful fragrance and additional phytonutrients.
- TriFX makes a great leave-in conditioner that will make hair look and feel silkier and healthier; tames frizz, flyaways and split ends, adds instant shine while helping to prevent moisture loss and breakage.
- TriFX balances oil production and promotes smooth, healthy, youthful-looking skin by providing nourishment and hydration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- TriFX can be used on cuticles to soften, moisturize and encourage nail growth. Also great for moisturizing dry, cracked skin on heels or hands.
- TriFX is a gentle, all natural formula — free of artificial fragrances, parabens, silicon, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and other toxic chemicals. Never tested on animals.
- TriFX is made in a state-of-the-art cGMP compliant, FDA registered facility using only premium, natural ingredients for quality you can absolutely trust.
And it’s backed by our industry-leading 365-day satisfaction guarantee, so you can try it without risk. If you don’t see and feel the results for yourself, I’ll gladly send you a full refund — up to one full year after purchase.
I am so sure that TriFX is the solution you have been craving for gorgeous hair that right now I have a special offer for Live in the Now readers that will allow you to get TriFX for as low as $19.95 per bottle, and it ships to you for FREE as well.
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.