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Here’s Why Quinoa Is Hair Care’s Latest Hack

* Quinoa doesn’t just taste great, it also does wonders for your hair
* These hair products use the pseudocereal’s beneficial proteins and amino acids
* Options include protective mists, shampoos and hair oils

Known to ancient Incas as the “mother of all grains,” it’s little surprise that quinoa (keen-wah) has seen such an impressive rise in popularity recently. And while much of that rise has been diet related, it’s not exclusively so.

As a supergrain, quinoa is one of the most protein-filled food sources. And these proteins aren’t just good for eating. Numerous parts of the body can benefit from a healthy supply of powerful protein – including your hair.

Each one of these hair products utilizes quinoa’s impressive array of proteins to deliver care for your hair. This superfood has been shown to deliver shinier, stronger and smoother hair. It can also reduce damage at the same time. Take a look through these hair care products and learn to appreciate the secret powers of quinoa.

1. Aveeno Blackberry Quinoa Heat Shield Mist

Inside the

, you’ll find oats, blackberry and quinoa protein to give your hair protection from heat-filled treatments like blow drying or hair coloring. The mist works its way across all of your hair strands to prevent damage and leave it feeling stronger and smelling great. In addition, this heat shield free from dyes, sulfates and parabens.

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2. Briogeo Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel

If you find yourself dealing with frizzy hair quite often, it may be time to invest in the

. This gel contains quinoa extract and keratin amino acid to provide hold for your hair and thus preventing that crazy, out-of-control look. The gel itself is 93% naturally derived and contains no gluten, sulfates, silicones or parabens. In addition to frizz control, the medium-strength hold provided by the gel allows for styling and hair maintenance.

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3. Cote Hair Quinoa Smoothing Oil


is another product that can help you deal with your troublesome frizz. The oil also helps to keep your hair hydrated, maintain its color and provide a smooth and healthy appearance. You’ll also find that the oil doesn’t just look great, it smells great, too. After application, people near you will start asking, “What’s that beautiful smell?”

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4. BIOLAGE R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo

If healthy-looking, lusciously soft locks sound like something you’d be interested, it’s worth adding

to your hair care regime. This silicone, sulfate and paraben-free shampoo uses quinoa husk and honey to transform your dull and lifeless hair. As an added bonus, for the more environmentally conscious, the shampoo comes in a bottle made from 95% recycled plastic.

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5. Biotop 911 Quinoa Hair Mask

Where calling 911 is usually reserved for dealing with serious emergencies, the

deals with emergencies of a different kind – the hair kind. This Israel-made hair mask is full of vitamins and minerals and is ideal for dry, damaged and dehydrated hair. One use of this mask will bring your hair back from the brink. After working the mask into your hair, the product works to moisturize, condition and soften your head of hair, leaving it full of life and unbelievably smooth.

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6. ONC Art of Care Quinoaplex R3 Hair Renewal Formula

With over 90% of Amazon users awarding the

with 5 stars, you already know it must be doing something right. The ingredients, which include aloe vera, comfrey, quinoa protein and chamomile, actively work to repair your hair and reduce frizz, preventing split ends and increasing your hair’s general health. As an added bonus to the renewal formula, the quinoa proteins inside this formula have also been shown to to enter the hair shaft to reduce hair thinning in both men and women.

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