There’s a revolution going on in the cosmetics and beauty industry, and it centers on a very simple concept: hydration. We are just now beginning to unlock the secrets of how your body helps keep your hair supple, radiant, and healthy. And the answer isn’t heavy oils or harsh cleansers, but rather a substance that your own bodies produce every day.
The Miracle Molecule
The human body is 70% water, and your cells require water to survive. But how does your body ensure that your cells get the water they need to function at their best? The answer is an amazing molecule called hyaluronic acid (or HA).
HA is a long-chain sugar molecule that has a miraculous ability to hold water. How powerful is HA’s water-binding strength? Each HA molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water! HA can be found throughout your body, where it helps you hold on to the life-giving water your cells need to survive. And it does some pretty amazing things with the water it holds.
• In your joints, HA helps to form a gel-like fluid that cushions and lubricates your joints, minimizing friction and maximizing range of motion.
• In your eyes, HA helps maintain the vitreous humor—the fluid that protects and nourishes the eye itself.
• In your skin, HA provides the moisture needed to keep skin supple, smooth, and able to defend against the challenges of sun, wind, UV radiation, microbes, and environmental toxins.
Hyaluronic Acid and Your Hair
It’s no secret that healthy looking hair depends on a hydrated scalp and well-nourished hair follicles. But what you may not know is that the scalp is actually a complex system of skin layers that depend on hydration to function.
The part of your scalp that we see (the epidermis) is actually less than a millimeter thick. The epidermis is your first line of protection against sun, wind, and microbes. Beneath that lies the dermal layer (or dermis). The dermis is your thickest skin layer and is composed of a lattice of HA-rich collagen and elastin fibers that provide the skin with its elasticity and its resilience. This is also where your hair follicles reside. Here, Hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates, as well as supports the deep layers of the scalp. The result is healthy lustrous hair and a hydrated scalp.
HA helps your hair:
- Feel supple and smooth
- Retain essential nutrients
- Remain resilient and bounce
- Defy the effects of wind, sun, and environmental damage.
Changes with Age
As we age, your bodies produce less hyaluronic acid. A person over 50 may only produce half the HA they did as a teen. Although this process is natural, the decrease in HA can rob your body of their natural ability to nourish and support your joints, eyes, skin, and hair.
For your hair, this gradual decrease in HA means we are more vulnerable to dry or brittle hair, poorly nourished hair, dry scalp, and even hair loss. All of these can make us appear older than we are.
The Hyalogic Solution
At Hyalogic, we’ve spent the past 20 years studying the science of human hydration. Our work indicates dietary supplements and topical applications with HA-rich shampoos, conditioners, and sprays can help maintain healthy levels of hyaluronic acid in your scalp and hair.
Hyalogic products derive their hyaluronic acid from a natural fermentation process—never from animal bi-products. That means the hyaluronic acid Hyalogic produces is vegan-friendly.
Check out Hyalogic’s products page and discover how we can support your healthier, more radiant and resilient hair!
Hyalogic is The Leader in Hyaluronic Acid, launching their line of premium HA products in 2000. Today, Hyalogic offers hyaluronic acid joint support, hair and scalp, ligament and tendon, and skin care products for men and women of all ages.