3 Ingredients your hair needs now
Bonus: they’re locally sourced and make your hair look lovely, too.
When there are so many shampoos, conditioners, masks and styling products to choose from, the task of washing your hair can feel overwhelming. Luckily, local ingredients are standing out from the crowd and promise glossy, strong and revitalised locks. Take your strands to the next level with these ingredients.
What it is This egg-shaped fruit from the manketti tree has a thin layer of edible flesh around a hard, pitted shell. Inside the shell is a nutrient-rich nut that releases oil when pressed, similar to an almond. Why it’s great “Mongongo is rich in omega-6 oil, which aids hydration and cell renewal,” explains Meagan Smith, product manager for Biosense, a professional and locally produced haircare range. “Thanks to its high amounts of vitamin E, mongongo has excellent antioxidant properties, and the alpha-eleostearic acid present acts as a protective barrier when hair is exposed to UV rays. This ingredient is especially great for colourtreated hair.” TRY  Biosense Finish Creamy Dreamy Pomade (R150).
What it is Oval in shape, the ximenia fruit contains a single seed that’s enriched with unsaturated fatty acids and oils. Why it’s great “The unsaturated fatty acids in ximenia help nourish, moisturise, soften and revitalise hair,” explains Meagan. TRY  Biosense The Ultimate 12 In 1 Leave-in Treatment (R160).
What it is Thought to live up to 3 000 years, the baobab tree can create its own ecosystem, and the San people thought of it as a magic tree because it provided shelter, food and water. Its superfruit contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and soothing properties. Why it’s great “Baobab helps to smooth, moisturise and strengthen hair, meaning less breakage,” says Meagan. “It reinvigorates damaged hair and calms frizzy locks.” TRY  Biosense Hydrate Shampoo (R150).