Is Lemongrass the Hair Industry’s Best-Kept Secret?
By Elise Minton Tabin , Executive Beauty Editor |
Every imaginable ingredient—from silicone to argan oil, and even coconut oil—has been bottled up and marketed as the "hero" for resurrecting damaged hair. But despite all the chemical compounds and botanical ingredients that tend to surface, could something as natural and sustainably derived as lemongrass be the holy grail for healthy hair?
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Harnessing the oil as the star ingredient in hisLemongrass Hair and Scalp Treatment ($58) celebrity stylist Paul Labrecque thinks the naturally derived ingredient is stellar. “Lemongrass oil is ideal to use during spring and summer. Not only is the scent beautiful, but the oil also gets deep into the cuticle for thicker, less frizzy strands,” he says. An under-the-radar hair helper, lemongrass not only acts as a smoothing agent, but it’s also believed to strengthen hair follicles to help prevent hair loss. “Plus, when you steam the oil into the hair (steam towels can be used), everything is absorbed better into the hair. And a cold rinse helps lock it in so results can be seen and felt for weeks,” says Labrecque.
Labracque’s products (there’s also an in-salon treatment of the DIY version that he offers at his New York, Philadelphia and Palm Beach salons) aren’t the only ones that harness the power of this do-good oil. Here, a few more lemongrass-powered hair potions that will do the trick and restore luster and vitality and pep up over-processed strands.