A handy guide to a variety of botanical ingredients

Many manufacturers tout the natural ingredients in their products, and, of course, who doesn’t like natural ingredients? But what exactly does grape seed do for the hair? What are the benefits? We’ve put together a handy primer of some of the hottest natural ingredients on the market right now, with information about what they’ll do for your hair.

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Açaí
The açaí berry’s vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, EFAs and chemical constituents are said to deeply moisturize hair, add luster, and enrich hair color; açaí also helps eliminate frizz. The Surya Henna line

Florestas Natural Hair Care

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo with Acai Berries & Satin
Miraculous Açaí

Acanthe Extract
Acanthus (Acanthus mollis L.) is a perennial plant that is know for its softening, emollient and protective qualities. It is a key ingredient in Rene Furterer’s new Acanthe Perfect Curls line. René Furterer Acanthe Perfect Curls

Acanthus: From the Seaside to Vibrant Curly Hair

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera smooths, controls without stiffness, and is used as a treatment for hair loss because it stimulates new hair production and can even fight against Alopecia. It's great against frizz. Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling Gel

Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Ginkgo Leaf & Ginseng Root Hair Moisturizing Jelly
Relax with Aloe Vera

Argan Oil
Argan oil (or Moroccan oil) softenn and protects hair. This oil provide intense conditioning and promises to eliminate frizz and promote and hair growth to all hair types. Cibu Ancient Serum Ancient Botanical Ingredients Made New

Avocado
Avocado is used in hot-oil treatments and for deep, hair conditioning. Its pulp can be whipped smooth and massaged into hair for a quick and easy softening, conditioning and moisturizing mask. MYHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner

Darcy's Botanicals Avocado & Honey Twisting Cream

HPO Spa Hair Conditioner
Luscious Avocado

Chocolate/Cacao
Cacao is a nourishing treat—adding shine, vibrancy and improving the general health to skin and hair. Chocolate and cocoa butter products provide both a delightful chocolatey aroma and the benefits of antioxidants. Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Daily Hair Conditioner

Carol's Daughter Hair Balm

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair
Treat Your Hair and Skin to Chocolate

Grape Seed
Grape seed extract is sometimes used to treat hair loss and to stimulate hair growth. It's also used to combat dryness. Grape seed extract is a very strong antioxidant. Curl Junkie BeautiCurls Leave-in Hair Conditioner

Blended Beauty Curl Quenching Conditioner

MOP C-Curl Curl Enhancing Shampoo
Grape Seed Extract: Conditioner Extraordinaire

Jojoba
Jojoba is most beneficial to dry, damaged hair, sealing the hair and scalp to prevent moisture loss. This maintains moisture balance, essential for healthy hair. Jojoba extract is also said to remove buildup. Aubrey Organics 100% Organic Jojoba Oil

Darcy's Botanicals Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil

HPO Butter Drops
The Beauty of Jojoba

Horsetail
If applied topically on hair, horsetail is known to help strengthen and restore shine in your hair. Horsetail adds silica to the hair, which can help prevent hair loss. Oyin Handmade Frank Juice

Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Replenishing Conditioner

Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment
Horsetail: the Mineral-Rich Herb

Monoi Tiare
The combination of Tiare and Tahitian coconut oil produces a hypoallergenic elixer that seals the scalp, hair cuticle and skin, preventing dryness and protecting the skin and hair against salt water and sun damage. Oyin Handmade Frank Juice

Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Replenishing Conditioner

Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment
Monoi Tiare: the Tropical Elixer

Macadamia Nut
Macadamia oil is a moisturizer and emollient that reduces wrinkles and dryness without being heavy or greasy. It has a superb reputation for healing scars, sunburn, wounds and irritations. Macadamia Hair Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo
Macadamia Nut Oil for Hair and Skin Care

Murumuru
Murumuru coats coarse curls, making them more supple and manageable. Products that contain murumuru moisturize the hair with lasting hydration, controlling frizz and defining curls. Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair

Blended Beauty Curl Styling Lotion
The New Kid on the Curly Hair Block

Pomegranate
Pomegranate oil is preferred for hot oil treatments, pre-shampoo soothing and general conditioning for textured hair. It enhances the appearance and feel of hair, helps with detangling and moisturizes the hair shaft. CURLS Quenched Curls Moisturizer

Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme
Super Food and Beauty Bonanza

Seaweed
Seaweed is an emollient that feeds the shafts and ducts of the scalp to help improve the health of the hair. The black, lustrous hair of the Japanese is partly attributed to their diet of sea vegetables such as arame, which is high in minerals. Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment

Curlisto Repair Styling Cream

Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae Hair Rescue Conditioning Mask
Calming Nourishment from the Sea

Shea Butter
Shea butter is high in unsaponifiables, giving UV protection that enables our hair to retain its natural vibrancy and softness. Shea is a good hot oil treatment for most hair types, trating split-ends and damaged hair. Shea Organic Certified Organic Shea Butter

MYHoneyChild Organic Shea Butter Hair Paste

Carol's Daughter Tui Jojoba & Shea Butter Sheen
Shea Butter: Healing Magic

Sunflower
Sunflower oil contains vitamin A, D, and E, plus protein and zinc for skin and hair. Protein is beneficial for most hair types, vitamin E is a great antioxidant and zinc is protective against the sun’s rays. Jane Carter Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo

Darcy's Botanicals Vanilla Delight Daily Leave-In Conditioner

CURLS Curl Soufflé
Sunflower: the Bright and Clean Choice

Tanmanu
Tamanu oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic and is particularly useful in protective and healing formulas. It is recommended for skin disorders, scalp burns, and recovering from hair loss. Shea Terra Organics Tamanu Oil

Aveda Be Curly Shampoo

John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor
The Benefits of Tamanu