Quinoa may be one of the superfoods we’re most familiar with, but did you know that it can also offer up a whole heap of benefits to skin, hair and nails? This small grain has been consumed by those who inhabit the mountainous and valley regions of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile for over 5000 years, but it’s gradually making its way into our shampoos, conditioners and styling products. The amino acids quinoa seeds contain are balanced in a way that is complementary to human nutrition, which is where they get their ‘superfood’ reputation from. However, quinoa is also high in calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium, which have been proven to aid in the conditioning of hair and skin. Its amino acids help repair damage to the hair shaft while its proteins coat, strengthen and protect the hair to aid in growth and protect against breakage. It’s no surprise then that many hair products are utilising the benefit of this tiny grain, including Paul Mitchell’s newest colour collection: Ultimate Color Repair
Including a shampoo, conditioner and ‘Triple Rescue’ spray to help protect hair from damage, this trio harnesses the mutiple benefits that Quinoa offers. The sulphate-free shampoo removes excess oil, dirt and impurities, whilst sugar cane and lemon peel extracts enhance shine for healthy-looking locks; it lathers well to leave hair detangled and smooth, before I’ve even opened up the conditioner! (A huge accomplishment on its own, knowing my extensions often get so tangled they need a hardworking treatment to set them free.) The rich and creamy conditioner also smells divine; it contains a blend of shea butter, jojoba and soybean oil to help soften hair and enhance shine, whilst nourishing vitamins simultaneously lock in moisture. The result is hair that looks and feels hydrated, healthy and full of bounce; smoothing and conditioning products often weigh hair down, but this just seems to provide a soft finish without doing so in the slightest.
This trio isn’t just great for hair that’s in need of a moisture hit or could do with a touch of shine though – all three products are perfectly suited to the summer months. Each formula contains powerful antioxidants to help shield hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause colour to fade over time; if you’ve ever noticed your hair tone changing slightly after prolonged periods in the sun, then a spritz of the Triple Rescue spray will help prevent this. Although I’ve really enjoyed using the shampoo and conditioner, as the spray doesn’t offer any instant benefit it’s not one I reach for regularly – but if you’re off on holiday it’s a great product to pack to prevent damage while you’re basking in the summer sun. I’ve no doubt it will come in handy during my two week trip to Florida this September! I’m a big fan of Paul Mitchell and this little range has reignited my adoration, providing a really pleasurable experience in my shower every morning. It leaves hair feeling and looking great, while protecting my colour too – what more could you ask for from a little grain of superfood?
What do you think of this new superfood ingredient popping up in hair care? Are you tempted to give the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair a go this summer season?
The Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair trio is available from selected hairdressers nationwide, as well as online – prices start at £7.75.
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