Hyaluronic acid isn’t just a hydrating skin plumper, its also a tremendous water-binding lubricant that can help repair damaged hair. “Hyaluronic acid is a sugar, not a protein, and most damaged-hair repair products utilize amino acids and proteins,” explains Spokane, WA dermatologist Wm. Philip Werschler, MD. “When the HA binds water on the hair shaft it’s in essence like keeping your hair wet.”
As more and more hair-care brands embrace the “skinification” of hair, hyaluronic acid continues to be a trending ingredient for bringing compromised strands back to life.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Ultra Rich Shampoo ($31) doesn’t lather or foam. Instead it coats strands with a six-oil blend and hydrating hyaluronic acid to get damaged, straw-like hair into a smooth, lush look.
Use The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment ($10) once or twice a week to give it a boost of nourishment and much needed TLC. You can work it into dry or wet hair, but for results use immediately after washing and say goodbye to frizz and frayed ends.
Celeb-favorite Dr. Barbara Sturm brings her same approach to the scalp as she has to skin. With a combination of papaya extract, ATP and algin in her Scalp Serum ($35), the idea is to bring energy and moisture to the scalp.
Harnessing the power of HA as one of its main ingredients, Curlsmith Hydro Creme Soothing Mask ($30) creates an ideally nourished environment to promote beautiful, healthy, bouncy curls without the threat of frizz.
Coco & Even Like a Virgin Miracle Hair Elixir ($30) is a serum, hair oil, smoother and strand-fixer for softer, shinier and glossier hair overall.
Boost volume and thickness while restoring dry and damaged hair with Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum, which features HA ($35), caffeine and organic pea sprout extract to smooth, moisturize and stimulate hair growth at the roots.