Blueberry Extract is clinically proven to prevent breakage, repair damage, and encourage hair growth.
Blueberries have been scientifically proved to be a superfood for our body, but did you know that they are also a superfood for our hair. It’s the proanthocyanidins, in blueberries that make them so!
Proanthocyanidins are a class of polyphenols found in a variety of plants. This chemical interacts with hair follicles to accelerate growth. As we all know, blueberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Vitamin B complex is particularly good for growing our curls. Blueberries aid hair growth by improving oxygenation and circulation of blood in the body, particularly the scalp.
Blueberries are a boon for hair in two ways, firstly they facilitate hair growth and secondly they help prevent premature greying of hair.
- Hair is composed of dead cells called keratin. Growth occurs when the dead cells are pushed out by the hair follicles because of the production of new cells. It occurs in three stages – growth or anagen, cessation or catagen, and rest or telogen. Proanthocyanidins, chemicals found in blueberries, stimulate hair growth by accelerating the transition from telogen to anagen. In a research study the Japanese researchers shaved mice and found that 40 percent of their hair grew back naturally. When a 1 percent solution of proanthocyanidins was applied to the skin, between 70 and 80 percent of the hair grew back. Test tube studies confirm that berries actually stimulate the hair keratinocytes to produce three times more hair than the controls.
- It has been proven as a food that helps to slow down the process of hair aging. There isn’t any conclusive data as to how premature graying occurs in certain people, genes and Vitamin B12 deficiency are said to be the primary factors. It is undestood that Vitamin B12 deficiency causes a condition known as pernicious anemia, of which gray hair is a symptom . This condition can be reversed by partaking sufficient amounts of the vitamin, of which blueberries are a good source.
|You can shop for any haircare product containing blueberry, but here is a homemade recipe using blueberries.
This is a great natural way to add a hint of color to dark hair or a pink tint if you have light brown or blond hair. As always, for best results, use on dry freshly washed hair – products are better used when on clean hair:
Note: Blueberry is a clarifying ingredient, and when used in large amounts, can cause excessive dryness. For hair that is inherently dry, using blueberries sparingly and adding honey or olive oil to the hair mask is recommended.