BFH Ingredient Dictionary

 

We believe ingredients in hair products should be transparent. See below for a listing of most of our ingredients, and please feel free to send us your questions about any of them!

 

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Alfalfa - Very rich in vitamins and minerals – good source of zinc, which is vital to healthy hair and scalp. Adds silica to the hair, helping prevent hair loss.
Aloe Vera Juice - Studies show that Aloe Vera promotes the production of enzymes on your scalp, causing cellular rejuvenation, provides the building blocks for hair proteins. and as an anti-inflammatory, protect against damage to the scalp and hair. Composed of 96% water, aloe vera is very moisturizing. Using a good sealing oil is recommended to hold in its moisture.
Amla Fruit - Also know as Indian Gooseberry, an antioxidant and astringent; stimulates scalp blood flow, prevents scalp infection, hair loss, premature graying, and adds shine; great when used as a moisture seal to retain moisture, keeping strands flexible and resistant to breakage.
Apple - The outer layer of the hair strand, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and protects it like the bark on a tree. When the cuticle lies flat, your hair has a smooth feel and appearance, and light is able to reflect off of your hair strands, causing it be shiny. During shampooing, the cuticle opens, allowing water and nourishing herbs into the shaft, and proteins to bind to it. However, when the cuticle layers are open, the hair will feel rough, coarse and brittle, and will leave the shaft (the core of each strand’s strength and flexibility) unprotected. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect it, which gives the appearance of dull and lifeless hair. Due to its lower pH, apple cider vinegar removes build-up and residue from the shaft and closes the cuticles. Closing the cuticles will cause your strands to have fewer tangles and more ‘slip’.
Apple Cider Vinegar - The outer layer of the hair strand, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and protects it like the bark on a tree. When the cuticle lies flat, your hair has a smooth feel and appearance, and light is able to reflect off of your hair strands, causing it be shiny. During shampooing, the cuticle opens, allowing water and nourishing herbs into the shaft, and proteins to bind to it. However, when the cuticle layers are open, the hair will feel rough, coarse and brittle, and will leave the shaft (the core of each strand’s strength and flexibility) unprotected. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect it, which gives the appearance of dull and lifeless hair. Due to its lower pH, vinegar removes build-up and residue from the shaft and closes the cuticles. Closing the cuticles will cause your strands to have fewer tangles and more ‘slip’.
Avocado Oil - The healthy fats in avocado cause it to be more penetrating than almond, olive, safflower, and soy oils. Avocado strengthens and fortifies hair, taking it from brittle, to soft and shiny.
Banana - Provides softening, elasticity, prevents split ends, strength and shine. Retains moisture, corrects dryness. Great for scalp and strands.
Black Pepper - Used in Ayurvedic home remedies to treat hair loss and fall.
Brahmi - Antioxidant, allows nourishment to reach hair roots; controls dandruff and soothes the scalp; can make hair denser and darker.
BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate) - This ingredient made from rapeseed oil is a superior detangler, causing easy comb out when in your hair. Behentrimonium Methosulfate is not a drying salt. Unlike sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a negatively charged (anionic) surfactant that foams and lathers, BTMS is a positively charged (cationic) surfactant that emulsifies and conditions. BTMS' adsorbent quality is what makes it a conditioner versus a detergent. SLS is a detergent type surfactant that does not adhere to your hair strand, but removes soils and washes away with rinsing.
Burdock Root - Improves hair strength, shine and body, and helps reverse scalp conditions such as dandruff, and combats hair loss; rich in phytosterols and fatty acids which maintain a healthy scalp and promote natural hair growth.
Calendula - A very effective conditioner, it also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and astringent properties that detoxify the skin, make it ideal for treating skin irritations and systemic conditions such as acne and eczema.
Capsicum - Cayenne chili pepper known to strongly stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Test for skin sensitivity.
Castor Seed Oil - A heavy, skin penetrating oil with humectant properties; very effective in sealing in hair moisture for longer periods of time than lighter oils. Conditions brittle hair.
Ceteareth-20 - A surfactant/emulsifier.
Cetearyl - A solid oil/fat that provides high conditioning, softness, and emollience.
Chamomile - Ideal for light hair rinses and for naturally tinting hair. Known for soothing skin and scalp.
Chocolate - Caffeine in cocoa stimulates scalp for hair growth; contains epicatechin, an antioxidant which prevents free radical damage.
Cinnamon - A known hair lightener, when mixed with conditioner, cinnamon can lighten dark hair 3-4 shades lighter after sitting in hair for eight hours, without any drying effect to strands or scalp. As well, an effective scalp stimulating herb.
Clove - Ideal for dark hair rinses and for naturally tinting hair temporarily. Clove has analgesic, antiseptic, and stimulating properties.
Cocoa - Caffeine in cocoa stimulates scalp for hair growth; contains epicatechin, an antioxidant which prevents free radical damage.
Coconut Milk - Known to treat hair loss and hair fall, prevent greying, and provides softness. Detangling, and helps treat chlorine-damaged hair. When mixed with lime, it can loosen the hair's curl pattern.
Coconut Oil - Smoothes hair and reduces breakage significantly. As a quickly penetrating oil, it nourishes chronically dry skin and hair.
Coffee - Caffeine in espresso stimulates hair growth when used on the scalp, and prevents age-related hair loss.
Comfrey Root - A very strong herb used in healing many health issues, it is also known to stop hair loss, soothe irritated, dry skin and relieve scalp itchiness. *Please note: Because of pyrrolizidine alkaloids sometimes found in comfrey, which are known to cause liver damage, this herb should not be used internally.
Espresso - Caffeine in espresso coffee beans stimulates hair growth when used on the scalp, and prevents age-related hair loss.
Fenugreek - In India, fenugreek is mixed with yogurt and used as a conditioner to bring health and luster to hair. The combination of hibiscus and fenugreek can make a good hair fall conditioner. An effective treatment in the reduction of skin problems, it helps heal eczema, prevents acne, and has skin-softening properties.
Ginger - Contains blood circulatory agents that help stimulate hair follicles. The fatty acids contained in ginger may be suggested for hair thinning and loss.
Glycerin - A humectant (moisture attracting) ingredients made from vegetable or animal source.
Grapefruit - Rinsing your hair with grapefruit juice will strip chemical and shampoo/conditioner buildup from hair. Also leaves hair soft, and stimulates hair follicles.
Grapes - The resveratrol in grapes is a powerful antioxidant that prevents aging and oxidation, and protects hair from UV effects of the sun.
Grapeseed Oil - Light, penetrating oil rich in minerals and vitamins that give it skin regenerative properties. Provides detangling with an effective slippage quality. Grapeseed oil is good for use in high heat, and is a natural heat protectant, with a high smokepoint of 420-degrees Fahrenheit.
Green Tea - Provides UV protection, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea polyphenols applied topically are likely to slow down the development of some aging signs.
Hibiscus - Hibiscus rehydrates the keratin fibers of hair, and regenerates hair's structure. Increases moisture in dry hair, giving it a silky, shiny look. Also known as rosemallow or jamaica, this flower is used to cure dandruff, and as a natural hair dye in Ayurvedic formulations for help in preventing premature grey hair. Effective against skin aging, hibiscus increases moisture retention, which improves skin flexibility/elasticity, and increases its moisture levels.
Honey - Honey is a humectant which helps skin and hair retain moisture in humid environments or during humid seasons.
Horsetail - Contains amino acids, silica, and phytosterols that condition & strengthen hair, and reduce buildup of oils on the scalp.
Lemon Peel - Astringent for oily hair or scalp.
Lime - Astringent for oily hair or scalp. Causes shine for hair.
Macadamia Nut Oil - Light, medium-thick, highly emollient oil that acts as an antioxidant. Protects cell membranes from deterioration, which makes it a great oil for dry and aging skin. Consider a non-greasy, emollient oil, it contains squalene and vitamin E, which penetrate skin and hair strands. Creates shine for strands.
Mango Butter - Similar properties to shea butter, but a softer butter often used as a replacement to cocoa butter for its skin toning properties. Ideal for all skin types, this butter provides nourishment for the dryness of eczema and psoriasis. Non-greasy, absorbs easily into the skin and provides UV protection.
Maple - Maple's a humectant that makes strands soft, shiny, and reduces frizz.
Marshmallow Root - Mucilaginous detangler and conditioner, great as a final rinse for hair. Anti-inflammatory that improves cell immunity against skin degeneration and oxidation. Very effective in healing skin irritations and wounds.
Mint - Oil balancing properties contained in mint make it effective for both oily and dry hair.
Neem - Antiseptic; helps treat dandruff; has skin rejuvenating and skin soothing qualities. Gentle and nourishing when used for itchy, sensitive or dry skin conditions.
Nettle - Very popular plant used in the regular care of hair as well as treatment of hair issues. Increases scalp circulation, and contains hair growth minerals, vitamins A and C, mucilages and amino acids.
Oat Straw - Oat straw is high in silica and extremely nourishing, relaxing and soothing, particularly to the inflamed skin of psoriasis and eczema.
Olive Oil - An emollient, nourishing oil that prevents loss of skin moisture. Absorbs quickly, helps manage split ends, heals dandruff and adds shine to hair.
Orange Peel - Astringent, balancing skin toner, and cleansing fruit that adds shine and softness to hair, and increases skin circulation.
Palm Fruit Kernel Oil - A highly nourishing exotic oil comparable to coconut oil, with a firmer consistency ideal for hair pomades.
Pistachio Oil - Rich in fatty acids (especially linoleic) that nourish and soften skin, and a natural emollient. A lack of linoleic acid and other omega-6 fatty acids in the diet causes dry hair and hair loss.
Preservative - The preservative we use, a combination of Phenoxyethanol (bactericide) and Caprylyl Glycol (antimicrobial moisturizer), provides protection against microbial growth in all pH levels. Paraben and formaldehyde-free.
Purified Water - Water is the ingredient found in other ingredients that is able to moisturize hair. For dry hair concerns, water should be one of the first two ingredients listed on product labels, indicating that there's a high water content.
Red Wine Vinegar - The outer layer of the hair strand, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and protects it like the bark on a tree. When the cuticle lies flat, your hair has a smooth feel and appearance, and light is able to reflect off of your hair strands, causing it be shiny. During shampooing, the cuticle opens, allowing water and nourishing herbs into the shaft, and proteins to bind to it. However, when the cuticle layers are open, the hair will feel rough, coarse and brittle, and will leave the shaft (the core of each strand’s strength and flexibility) unprotected. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect it, which gives the appearance of dull and lifeless hair. Due to its lower pH, vinegar removes build-up and residue from the shaft and closes the cuticles. Closing the cuticles will cause your strands to have fewer tangles and more ‘slip’.
Rose Hips - Contains 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs) with antioxidants beta carotene and lycopene that aid in skin cell regeneration and helps prevent premature aging. Effective for dry and damaged skin.
Rosemary - Stimulates hair follicles and adds shine.
Safflower Oil - Contains a high level of vitamin E and polyunsaturated fats, safflower is a light, sealing oil. This oil protects, firms and nourishes hair, is highly beneficial for dry hair, and dilates the blood vessels of the scalp, circulating more nutrients to the scalp. Helps retain more hair moisture, provides shine, and prevents hair protein loss that leads to hair loss. Due to its linoleic acid, safflower acid reduces clogged pores which lead to blackheads and acne.
Sage - Potent antiseptic and astringent characteristics makes sage an effective toning conditioner for the hair. Also thickens and strengthens hair shafts. Skin healing; deepens dark colored hair.
Shea Butter - Natural UV protectant, deeply penetrates skin and gives it elasticity, and very effective for dry, damaged and aging skin. Also improves the brilliance and manageability of hair.
Silk Protein - Can form a protective layer that prevent hair damage by alkaline ingredients in hair products, and can make hair softer without adding weight to strands.
Slippery Elm - When added to warm water, has a slippery, mucilaginous consistency, which can help provide 'slip' to hair.
Spirulina - Protein-rich plant that nourishes the body, helping facilitate hair growth.
Tea Tree Oil - Known for its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic properties that treat persistent dandruff, itchy-scalp and head-lice.
Turkey Red Castor Oil - A heavy, skin penetrating oil with humectant properties; very effective in sealing in hair moisture for longer periods of time than lighter oils. Conditions brittle hair. Sulfated castor oil emulsifies in oil and water, creating an effective cleanser.
Wild Cherry Bark - Contains properties that add smoothness and silk conditioning to hair.
Yarrow - Improves circulatory disorders, and is an effective deep cleanser for oily skin and hair.
Yogurt - An effective light protein treatment for hair, and due to the lactic acid in it, is anti-bacterial. The lactic acid in yogurt works well for oily scalp and hair. Commonly used in ayurvedic hair care. Hair comes out softer and smoother, and it loosens curls.