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Michele S. Green, M.D.
Updated on December 20, 2023

Hyaluronic acid is no longer just for your face! It’s the next top hair-care ingredient promising fantastic results. We asked a world-renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Michele S. Green, M.D., what she thinks about the hyaluronic-acid trend that is rising in both drugstore and professional hair-care products. Is it just name-dropping or really the next big thing for damaged and dehydrated hair? Read on to learn about hyaluronic acid for hair!

What Is Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is highly well-known and recognized for its ability to provide and maintain moisture for dry skin — it simply adds radiance to the skin. HA is a powerful ingredient that’s used in numerous face creams as well as serums. Also, hyaluronic acid is a substance our skin produces, even though the amount tends to diminish as we get older.

HA is found in the tissue of the dermal layer in the scalp. It’s what keeps our cells hydrated and maintains the scalp’s moisture to prevent dryness from occurring and also any premature hair loss. Over time, our body ages naturally and, gradually, less HA is produced, causing a decline in the quality and quantity of your hair.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid for Hair?

There are many brands that are adding HA into products because it’s a powerful moisturizer that’s capable of rejuvenating dehydrated hair. One of the best ways to apply it to your hair is through a leave-in conditioner, that’s because conditioners work by retaining moisture in your hair. Another beneficial way to apply HA is directly on the scalp, because when the scalp is kept moisturized, it’ll make your hair grow as well. Topical hyaluronic acid can help lock in water into the hair shaft, which provides hydration and moisture for hair that’s thin, flat, or even damaged. When using HA, all you need to do is apply a few drops into your conditioner, or you can directly apply it to damp hair and/or your scalp, giving it the extra nourishment it needs to help support healthy hair growth. You can think of hyaluronic acid as a fertilizer; it will help promote hair growth and thickening of hair strands, which will increase your hair’s volume.

7 Hair-Care Products with Hyaluronic Acid

To save your time, we have created a list of the most interesting hair products containing HA.

1. Noah Restorative Treatment Hair Mask

Noah is a natural Ecocert-certified Italian brand. The key ingredients of this restorative hair mask are avocados, from organic farming, and hyaluronic acid. It has moisturizing, fortifying and anti-aging effects, helping to renew dehydrated and brittle hair.

2. IGK Thirsty Girl Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

This product line has made a lot of “noise” on the Internet. Thirsty Girl uses coconut milk and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, protect from UV and air pollution, and leave hair smooth and frizz-free for up to 24 hours. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free and safe for color-treated hair. Check out the leave-in conditioner from this line, too!

3. Oribe Power Drops Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster

Formulated with hyaluronic acid, creatine and moringa seed extract, this highly concentrated serum provides an intense dose of hydration. Mix 3-5 power drops with any product in the palm of your hand to give your regular routine a boost. To use alone, apply to damp hair. Also, you can carry this bottle in your purse to quickly fix dry ends.

4. Grow Gorgeous “Back Into the Roots” Scalp Treatment

Healthy hair starts from a healthy scalp, which is pretty obvious. This 10-minute scalp mask is Infused with an expert blend of low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, burdock root, vitamins, caffeine, and a cooling menthol to give hair a little extra oomph.

5. Monat Double-Action Hydrating Serum

There are a lot of hair stylists who use Monat products religiously. In fact, this professional hair-care brand was one of the first to experiment with hyaluronic acid for hair. Deep moisturizing is the key to healthy, soft and manageable hair.

6. PHYTODENSIA Botanical Plumping Hair Serum

This non-greasy serum stimulates your scalp and hair, due to its powerful set of ingredients, which includes hyaluronic acid, grape polyphenols, vernonia and acacia collagen. As a result, thin hair gets strong, resistant and shiny. By the way, this serum is marketed as an anti-age product called to restore youthful looking hair with vitamin-rich peptides.

7. NatureLab Shine Oil Mist

Infused with grape stem cells, hyaluronic acid, pearl extract and platinum fiber, this futuristic mist protects hair, enhances color and elevates shine. Its oily formula is actually weightless and doesn’t make thin hair feel greasy. Also, NatureLab Tokyo is an eco-conscious company that doesn’t use harsh chemicals.

Hopefully, you learned a lot about hyaluronic acid for hair, as well as discovered some top-rated products with HA. Follow our expert, Dr. Michelle Green, and educate yourself so you can take care of your hair and health, in general.

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