Trends, Wellness / Self-Care

Yacon Root is the new ingredient for great Hair

Great hair is trending.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Apr 12, 2022

Produced all over South America, the yacon plant is a fruit that has been used as a natural sweetener in traditional medicine and food for many generations. The leaves of the plant are used to make syrups, powders, and herbal teas to support diabetes and high cholesterol. Not to mention, it is a prebiotic that is high in—get ready for this—fructooligosaccharides, a great source of fiber.


What exactly is yacon root?

Yacon root is often found as a powder or syrup. The root promotes a healthy microbiome for the gut and scalp. Skincare has been including probiotic ingredients for ages and now haircare is starting to come around. The prebiotic and antioxidant properties of yacon root brings us to the benefits of the powerful super fruit.


What are the benefits of yacon root for hair?

In all honesty, the skin on the scalp is similar to the skin on our faces. The scalp has more hair follicles than the rest of our bodies, but needs similar things. The microbiome of the scalp is an important part in treating scalp irritations and issues. If you heal the skin barrier and microbiome, it can prevent and treat issues like dandruff.


Yacon root contains saponin, the natural cleansing agent that reduces inflammation and eliminates itchiness. It can even prevent dandruff, which time and time again can be the result of yeast or fungal growth.


A healthy scalp can be the difference between good hair and bad hair days. When the scalp is healthy, it will prevent hair loss and promote hair growth, as well. And just to reiterate, yacon root prevents dandruff that could lead to hair loss.


In addition, it soothes the scalp and reduces inflammation as an antioxidant. Because of this, it’ll strengthen the part of the skin that protects it from harm, and eliminate dirt and bacteria. The anti-fungal ingredient can cleanse and eliminate build up on the scalp, too.


Yacon root also prevents hair loss by keeping the scalp balanced. Yacon root cleanses, and it can also improve the quality of existing hair and promote volume. Another pro of its cleansing power is that it’ll bring in new hair growth.


Does hair type have anything to do with it?

Fortunately, yacon root has been known to work on all hair types and textures. And luckily, it is not an irritating ingredient. But if you’re unsure, there’s no harm in talking to a professional, like a dermatologist. Bad signs are itchiness and irritation—if that happens, stop using it immediately.


So how do I add yacon root to my hair routine?

The bad news is there are not many products that contain yacon root currently available. DIY it by adding the root to hair products you already know work well for you. If you add it to shampoo or conditioner, mix in one part extract and three parts shampoo or conditioner. Like most things, consistency is key to gaining all the benefits. Experts recommend using it daily for several months before you measure effectiveness.


For more hair tips, read about how to revive damaged hair and which essential oils are good for hair growth.


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