Have you ever gotten so hot and bothered about a cosmetic ingredient that you couldn’t wait to share it with others and your thoughts were moving way quicker than your fingers os you end up wiht a bunhc f typos? No? Just me? Okay.
I’ve been closely following research on hydrolyzed quinoa-—yep, the super grain of the ancient Incas that’s been purported to regulate blood sugar levels and diabetes—and its potential to “penetrate the hair shaft to prevent damage, while adding control and manageability” and “retain hair color through a natural and sustainable platform,” according to cosmetic ingredient manufacturer TRI-K Industries. And because quinoa has all eight essential amino acids, is paraben-free and gluten-free, it could be a superstar ingredient for natural hair and skin care formulations.
Hydrolyzed Quinoa Improved Damaged Hair
TRI-K Industries has been reporting on their research for a couple of years, but has just now officially launched Quinoa Pro EX. In a test that applied five treatments of a solution comprised of 1% Quinoa Pro EX to swatches of double bleached Caucasian hair, the results were:
- 32% improvement on damage to the outside of the hair, and
- 26% reduction of damage inside the hair cortex
In separate tests, the Quinoa Pro EX produced:
- 79% reduction in stress during wet combing,
- 83% reduction in stress during dry combing, and
- 51% increased reflection (gloss and shine).
I’ve been in a nearly exclusive love affair with slippery elm for most of 2012, but I have to admit that the findings above leave me a wee bit smitten. Hydrolyzed quinoa is already used in hair care products such as Aubrey Organics NuStyle Organic Detangler & Shine Booster, but I’d say it’s just a matter of time before quinoa becomes the latest “it” cosmetic ingredient and starts turning up in all kinds of hair and skin care products.
In the meanwhile, I’ve ordered a small sample to play with over the holidays. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
Do you eat quinoa? How do you prepare it?