Seaweed’s lesser known cousin, micro algae, has been gaining traction in the beauty and grooming space for years. Produced from certain species of micro algae, algae oil is made in a laboratory and boasts a high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, similar to fish oil. It’s said to improve inflammation which is one of the leading root causes of hair loss. So here’s an introduction to the new trend.
What are the benefits of algae oil?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the function of all cells in the human body, and since algae oil has a high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, it is beneficial for your hair.
It also has numerous antioxidants and nutrients — calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and more. Some other benefits are below.
- Algae helps to calm the scalp and reduce inflammation. Side note: scalp inflammation is one of the leading symptoms of hair loss and other hair health issues.
- Rebalances microbiome of scalp: helps to decrease scalp seborrheic dermatitis that’s due to the overgrowth of fungal organisms.
- Thickens hair: algae oil can thicken and grow hair. All products containing Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, like algae oil, have been proven to improve hair density.
- Regulates oil production: algae oil helps to reduce the oil production on the scalp preventing overproduction of oil.
- Improves shine: by providing hydration to the hair and scalp, hair will be shiner after multiple uses.
Who can use algae oils?
Actually, algae oil can be used on all hair types and is greatly beneficial for consumers with scalp conditions like dandruff or inflammation. And because it can balance oil production, it’s even better for oily-prone hair.
We should note though, if you have sensitive skin, you should approach algae oil with caution. Because it can be quite strong, you should always patch test a small amount on your forearm and see how your skin reacts before applying on your hair. Better safe than sorry should always be the motto.
How to use algae oil?
In order to reap the benefits, you can apply algae oil with a topical cream or an oral supplement. One note, don’t apply algae oil directly to the scalp, but instead look for products that contain it and use that instead.
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