Best Anti -Hairloss Ingredients to Look Out for in Your Haircare Products
Want hair products that actually work? Make note of these top ingredients when shopping for hair care products.
When shopping for anti-hair loss products, you may choose to pick the ones that are labelled for regrowth. However, if you really want to make a difference, learn to read beyond marketing labels, filtering through to the actual science of a product.
Similar to what we eat, ingredient lists on personal care products can be highly informative and help you make correct buying decisions. Today, we look at some of the best anti-hair loss ingredients in hair care that can work with your follicles to give you better, lusher and thicker hair growth. Make note and save this list, as these are the top anti-hair-loss ingredients that you should be looking out for when you go shopping!
Did you know that apart from giving strength to your bones, Calcium is also one of the most important ingredients for maintaining a healthy scalp? Calcium relieves itching due to inflammation, it also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp. By keeping your scalp healthy, Calcium is able to stop hair loss effectively.
That natural shine on your hair? It’s down to Calcium too! So, if you are seeking a clean, healthy scalp with hair that’s full of lustre, your shampoo needs to contain calcium as a crucial ingredient.
Coral Calcium, a form of organic calcium, is extracted from the corals in the clean, deep-sea and contains a large variety of minerals. Its body absorption rate is high at between 70-80%. Today, technology allows for this Coral Calcium to be extracted efficiently and this high-quality ingredient can be added to shampoo and other hair care products. SMIB is the first scalp health solution brand in Singapore to introduce Coral Calcium into their range of products that help to prevent hair loss. In fact, SMIB’s products have gone through a Skin Irritation test and do not contain silicone or other ingredients that can cause issues with the scalp. With the use of high-grade coral calcium, Zinc Pyrithione, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and Biotin (all highly coveted hair care ingredients) they are able to cleanse your scalp and provide the necessary nutrition to form a protective barrier.
One of the best ingredients known for skin health and hair growth is Collagen. This protein is naturally found in the body and is rich in amino acids that help increase Keratin - the building blocks of our hair. Collagen also helps to strengthen follicles by preventing any further damage. This is why you will often find collagen capsules or powder that claims to give shiny, fuller hair.
One of the ways to apply collagen on hair is by using a shampoo that contains the ingredient. Collagen-based shampoos come fortified with collagen and work by increasing the level of protein on the scalp thereby strengthening your hair and its follicles. Want more? Consider taking a Collagen supplement or Bone broth, that ensure you get the right amount of this nutrient, from the inside out.
Another skincare hero, Niacinamide is one of two major forms of vitamin B3 (also known as niacin) and can be often found in supplements, and other leading products that help support the skin barrier. What does Niacinamide do for the skin? You’ll find that this power ingredient has the ability to support the outer surface of your skin, increasing its resilience as well as making your pores look smaller. Its remarkable properties of balancing oil on the skin and on the scalp, make it a product that can be used by all skin types. Including Niacinamide in your hair care will ensure that your scalp is not over producing sebum - as always, a clean scalp, means better hair and a better chance at hair growth. SMIB’s Coral Calcium Shampoo comes with Niacinamide (along with the rest of ‘good hair’ ingredients), so you know that the right product is being used for your hair and scalp.
It may be tough to pronounce but Dexpanthenol or Panthenol is a popular addition to most cosmetic products across the world. A chemical substance made from pantothenic acid, or better known as vitamin B-5, it occurs organically and can also be produced from both plant or animal sources.
For hair care, Dexpanthenol is known to cleanse the scalp and hair follicles by helping to dissolve excess sebum. As it contains a high concentration of vitamin B5, Dexpanthenol helps to strengthen hair and give it the necessary shine and softness.
As it helps hair to lock in moisture, this powerful ingredient also protects your hair against any damage from styling tools or the environment. Look for a shampoo that uses Dexpanthenol along with a range of other hair growth enhancing ingredients that pack a punch.
One of the buzzwords in the beauty industry at the moment, Copper Peptides are great for both your skin and hair! As we age, we gradually use collagen and elastin in our skin and hair.
Peptides are naturally occurring amino acids that can help produce collagen(we spoke of this earlier) and elastin, types of connective tissues that are responsible for smooth and firm skin.
Peptides in skincare and hair care can help add back collagen to your body and hence are such a power ingredient for the industry. For hair care specifically, the connective tissue growth encouraged by copper peptides can reduce breakage of hair strands and encourage overall growth.
Copper Peptides can also increase blood circulation in your skin and scalp hence stimulating hair follicles so they can produce new hair. Copper also helps maintain the colour of your hair(eyes and skin too!) and is an excellent addition to any hair care routine.
Other than the above, copper peptides are also known to thicken existing hair strands as well as reduce hair fall.
When looking for hair products, don’t just stop at shampoos that contain peptides. Choose from a range of shampoo, conditioners, treatments and essence so your hair and scalp get the goodness of this ingredient all across!
Are you a fan of essential oils? You’ll be happy to know that Peppermint acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing and purifying agent, for your hair and scalp too!
With the ability to have a refreshing effect that stimulates blood flow on the scalp, this natural ingredient also promotes hair growth. You’ll often notice it in anti-dandruff shampoos. This is because it fights against build-up of dandruff and contains essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and menthol - a great combination to combat hair and scalp issues.
Itchy scalp? Peppermint oil is rich in fatty acids and acts as a coolant to an inflamed. It also helps to unclog pores leaving your scalp healthy and with extra room for new hair growth!
Why does dandruff occur? Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff can often give you symptoms similar to a yeast infection. This is because dandruff is a version of one! Our next hero ingredient Zinc Pyrithione inhibits the growth of yeast - the main culprit for dandruff. Zinc Pyrithione has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that can help treat seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, and also acne. The Zinc in your hair care helps to reduce build up on the scalp and also unclog your hair follicles. It is also a known remedy to counter hair loss.
You’ll find a few hair care brands that use Zinc Pyrithione in their products. Two such best-sellers are the Coral Calcium shampoo and Coral Calcium treatment by SMIB. Together with key essential nutrients in their respective formulas, the addition of Zinc Pyrithione makes this power duo even more effective against dandruff and consequent hair loss.
When you first mention hair loss to anyone, Biotin supplements are amongst the first to be recommended. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, part of the vitamin B family and helps the body convert certain nutrients into energy. It is also a crucial element for the health of your hair, skin and nails. As one of the few natural hair loss ingredients that have been studied in-depth, Biotin is one to look for in any hair care products that you purchase.
In fact, Biotin can assist through the several stages of hair loss. If you are experiencing thinning hair, hair loss or simply want to promote hair regrowth - Biotin can work along with other essential ingredients to do just that. SMIB’s Coral Calcium Shampoo comes with a range of effective ingredients such as Niacinamide, Dexpanthenol and Zinc Pyrithione. It also contains Biotin! Together, these key ingredients help to reduce hair loss, ease itchiness and calm an irritated scalp.
You’ve probably heard of Salicylic Acid for skincare and anti-acne products, but did you know that it plays an active role in combating hair fall too? When used topically in a hair care product, Salicylic Acid gently strips away the dead skin off your scalp giving room to healthier hair growth and lesser itching!
Salicylic Acid is extracted from willow bark and is a BHA or a gentle exfoliant that can help relieve the skin on your face and scalp of dandruff and excess toxic build-up.
The US FDA has also studied the safety of Salicylic Acid and Methyl SalicyLate, which are allowed to be used in indirect food additives. So, which hair products can you buy that contain this power ingredient? SMIB’s Treatment and Essence contain Salicylic Acid that makes them adept at cleaning the scalp and encouraging hair growth.
Allergic to Salicylic Acid? The Korean Food and Drug Administration has deemed Salicylic Acid to be safe for use in hair products(washable) so long as its percentage does not cross 3%. SMIB’s products contain Salicylic Acid within these safe guidelines and help to prevent dandruff while exfoliating the scalp.