Juniper Scalp Therapy Conditioner – why so many oils?
December 20th 2017 by Tony Maleedy.
I recently received an email from a customer asking why, in the Juniper Conditioner, there were four organic oils and would one not do the same job?
It’s a good question and I will explain exactly why use four different oils, but before I do let me explain why we use oils in a hair conditioner the first place.
Oils basically serve two purposes in the product; firstly, to help moisturise the hair and secondly to protect it from damage. Hair in good condition has a natural moisture content within the internal fibres called the ‘cortex’ of approximately 10%. When hair becomes dry and brittle it is because the moisture content within the cortex is reduced, sometimes dramatically so, which leads to the hair losing its elasticity and strength to the point where it splits and breaks.
To correct this problem and improve the condition and appearance of the hair it is crucial to increase the moisture content of the hair. This is what happens when you use a conditioner. Moisture penetrates into the hair’s cortical fibres, BUT, it would also largely escape back out of these fibres if there were no oils in the conditioner. The Juniper Conditioner places an ultra-fine layer of oils onto the surface of your hair, these oils help trap the moisture within the hair’s internal fibres and this greatly increases your hair strength and elasticity.
The second way it improves your hair is by helping to protect it from damage. It does this by smoothing and flattening the cuticle scales on the surface of your hair. These scales open and become vulnerable to damage when your hair is dry. When they open, the important moisture inside your hair can escape more easily, making it even dryer, and because open cuticle scales give the hair a rough surface the hair tangles easily and breaks. The oils in the Juniper Conditioner very gently cover the cuticle scales on the surface of your hair compressing it and leaving it smoother and less vulnerable to damage from heat, styling products or adverse weather conditions.
This photo shows a dry hair with the cuticle scale on its surface open and rough. This hair will tangle easily and break.
In contrast this photo shows the same hair after the Juniper Conditioner has been used to smooth the cuticle scales on the hair’s surface. This hair is now much stronger and unlikely to break.
So, back to the different organic oils we use. These are; Avocado, Almond, Olive & Coconut Oils. The reason we use them is because they each have different properties and work in slightly different ways.
Avocado oil is one of the lighter oils and excellent for improving the ‘spreadability’ of the conditioner over the hair. It also helps to increase the shine on the hair.
Almond oil is richer than Avocado and full of nutrients. It also has natural anti-oxidant properties which is good for the skin and can be useful for the hair.
Olive is an interesting oil because it contains many of the same components as sebum, the natural oil of the skin, because of this it has excellent effects on the skin and hair as the body is ‘programmed’ to utilise these materials very efficiently.
This is a special oil because, unlike almost every other vegetable oil, its molecules are very small. This means it has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin and hair than other oils and its effects can be much greater. In the Juniper Conditioner it penetrates quite deeply into the hair to have light, but highly effective moisturising effects.
When all these organic oils are combined with moisturising juniper berry extract, wheat amino acids and glycerine, the effect on your hair is excellent and unlike so many other conditioners, only a little of the product is needed with each wash to keep your hair in wonderful condition.