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Avocado

Avocado is a source of vitamin E, which has emollient properties. This means using avocado on the hair can add shine and gloss by helping to smooth along the hair shaft and trap in moisture.

Vitamin E can also help maintain a healthy scalp as it’s an antioxidant, which can soothe hair follicles, and might help prevent excessive hair fall.

Avocado

Flaxseed oil

The omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid present in the flaxseed oil (which also contains vitamin E) is great at adding moisture to dry strands as well as sealing in existing moisture.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also very effective at nourishing the scalp and hair follicles and helping to prevent the scalp dryness that can lead to itching.

Flaxseed oil

Almond oil and olive oil

Almond and olive oils are sources of omega-9 fatty acids. Omega-9 fatty acids include oleic acid, an emulsifying agent which helps your hair retain moisture and stops over-drying through styling.

Unlike most conditioners, natural plant oils can coat the hair to give it a healthy appearance.

Almond oil and olive oil

Apple cider vinegar for hair

But did you know that this popular condiment is also a wonderful treatment for your hair and scalp?

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Apple cider vinegar for hair

Does your hair need a detox?

Has your hair been feeling dry, dull or worn out? Find out how to give it some extra care with these detox tips.

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Does your hair need a detox?

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Reviewer: Doaa Almosawi

Joined Holland & Barrett: March 2019

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science

After completing her BSc in Biomedical Science, Doaa worked in Research and laboratory for 3 years. Doaa was also a member of a product development team in a manufacturing company specialising in sun care and personal care products, researching and providing regulatory advice regarding international regulations.

Doaa is now an International Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate at Holland & Barrett.

Reviewer: Doaa Almosawi

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