Is sea buckthorn the new superfruit? You’ve read about the benefits of sea buckthorn for weight loss, dementia and high blood pressure earlier this year in articles by Huffington Post UK. Even GoLocalPDX.com couldn’t stop raving about it, citing the berry as an excellent supplement for fighting the flu. But did you also know that sea buckthorn can do wonders for your hair?
Referred to as nature’s premier wonderberry or miracle berry depending on who you ask, sea buckthorn is making a splash in the beauty and haircare industry for its many multi-tasking properties. But its sea buckthorn’s beneficial effects on your hair that’s making headlines. After being featured three times on the Dr. Oz Show and The View, the secret’s out: When applied directly to your scalp, sea buckthorn oil stimulates your hair follicles with over 190 phytonutrients that aid in hair growth and healthy hair.
In a 2009 study, scientists in China discovered a demodex parasite in test subjects, that’s commonly found in humans, feeding off the nutrients on your skin. The parasite lives off skin and hair follicles, causing problems ranging from rosacea, hair loss and premature grayness, to enlarged pores and acne. Researchers found that sea buckthorn oil actually kills the parasite, leading to better hair growth and clearer skin. Another report showed sea buckthorn has noted success in: cellular regeneration on your scalp, clarifying hair follicles and maintaining moisture in the hair shaft.
But where did this superfruit come from? According to NaturallyCurly.com, 90 percent of the world’s natural sea buckthorn is found across Eurasia, near salt water. Though there are seven different species of sea buckthorn, Hippophae Rhamnoides L. is the most beneficial and widely used globally. This type of sea buckthorn has the highest concentration of omega-7, a rare fatty acid that supports your skin’s health. In nature, there are two types of sea buckthorn oil: one comes from the seed and the other stems from the fruit of the plant. While both supply nutrients for healthy hair, skin and nails their nutritional profiles differ. Seed oil contains high levels of vitamin E, omegas 3, 6, 9 and other antioxidants. While omega 7–which is best known for supporting skin health–is found in the berry oil.
When it comes to skincare, products made of sea buckthorn are valued for their rejuvenating, restorative and anti-aging action. In the skincare industry, sea buckthorn oil is widely used to promote the recovery of various skin conditions, including eczema, burns and wounds due to its potent blend of vitamins A, C, D, B, E and K. That’s in part to sea buckthorn’s high volume of omegas-7, 3, 6 and 9 which promotes supple skin and cellular regeneration, according to SeaBeckthornInsider.com. Sea buckthorn also fights free-radical damage, a skin issue that causes fine lines and wrinkles, through antioxidants. The combination of vitamins A and E makes sea buckthorn an excellent support for a healthy, bright complexion. It’s also used to treat sun burns and radiation treatment, according to ManeObjective.com.
Sea buckthorn oil is incredibly potent, and in use for hair it is best treated as an essential oil — meaning you will get the most benefit and value by mixing it with a complimentary carrier oil for use. Coconut, jojoba, hemp, olive, grapeseed, and sweet almond are all great options. But be warned, it does not have the most pleasant of smells. Combining with other carrier and essential oils will help mask the smell and make it more tolerable. Have you tried sea buckthorn? What were your results?
Problem: Hair loss
How sea buckthorn solves it: Sea buckthorn oil treats many hair issues due in part to its potent ingredient of 190 phytonutrients, antioxidants and more.
Problem: Split ends
How sea buckthorn solves it: Biotin is a B vitamin that helps improve the keratin protein structures in hair, resulting in strong hair that resistant to breakage. Hair is made of keratin, and keratin is made of amino acids. Amino acids are essential to replenishing the strength and for promoting healthy hair growth. Biotin also helps with moisture retention within your hair. Excessive dryness in hair can lead to shedding (which can be mistaken for stunted hair growth), breakage and split ends.
Problem: Thinning hair
How sea buckthorn solves it: Sea buckthorn contains vitamins b1 (thiamin), b2 (riboflavin), b6 (pyridoxine) which are responsible for helping to convert food into energy, and are essential for the rejuvenation and creation of hair.