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Here's Why We Not Only Want To Eat Kale And Acai, But Put It On Our Hair Too

Superfood is a new trend in haircare and it guarantees healthier, shinier locks. Think of it as nutrient-rich smoothies for your tresses.

We’re all familiar with the concept of superfood. Packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, superfoods can be used to describe and classify any highly nutritious food. And some of the most commonly labelled superfoods include blueberry, salmon, acai and kale. In fact, the superfood phenomenon is so ingrained into us that it’s hard to imagine a trip to the gym without the option of purchasing a superfood smoothie or a superfood juice blend.

And then comes the skincare products, as superfoods found their way into creams and serums that promise us brighter, plumper and smoother skin. Even Sephora has a skin superfoods menu, which details the products that contain these skin-loving food as key ingredients. And so it’s finally time that they are the next big things in haircare.

When bottled into haircare, superfoods are designed to strengthen and nourish the hair shaft for added shine and less breakage, as well as to penetrate the hair follicles to stimulate healthier hair growth. Here, the best superfood-infused hair care products for healthier tresses.

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Matcha + Kale Replenishing Superfood Shampoo, $41 for 354ml
Inspired by superfood smoothies, this shampoo gently cleanses your hair and scalp while infusing it with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to strengthen hair and impart shine. The clean formula is also free of stripping ingredients so your hair remains optimally hydrated. Abyssian Superfood Recovery Shampoo, $44 for 500ml
Formulated with Abyssianian superseed extracts, which is rich in fatty acids, this shampoo instantly boosts hair resilience so that it becomes less prone to breakage. In addition, it also gets rid of build-up and impurities from the scalp while rebalancing its oil-moisture levels to ensure that your hair is healthy and shiny. Virtue Recovery Shampoo, about $52 for 240ml, at Net-A-Porter
Best for those with dry, damaged and chemically-processed hair, this replenishing shampoo fortifies each strand with Alpha Keratin 60ku™. Plus, it also contains Hydrolyzed Quinoa to enhance hair’s natural luster, Baobab Seed Oil to lock in moisture and Grapefruit Extract to revitalise the scalp so even though your hair is left soft and silky, your scalp still feels light and refreshed. Botanist Botanical Damage Care Treatment (Peony & Berry), $26 for 490ml
Free of silicones to give you the false illusion of silkier, smoother hair, this rinse-off treatment infuses tresses with plant-based ingredients to rebuild and repair hair from within. It also contains botanical seed oils which replenishes moisture and quenches parched ends for healthier and more manageable locks. Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Naturelle, about $72 for 60ml, at Net-A-Porter
Designed to be used as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment, it is packed with botanical oils of the finest quality to deeply nourish, hydrate, purify, rebalance and calm all scalp types. All you have to do is massage a few drops directly onto scalp, leave it on for about 15 minutes and follow with your favourite shampoo for lustrous hair. Mauli Rituals Grow Strong Hair Oil, about $51 for 30ml, at Net-A-Porter
Drawing from ancient Ayurvedic know-how, this 100 percent natural hair oil harnesses the age-old healing system that’s been practiced for thousands of years ago. Suitable for all scalp and hair types, it is packed with botanicals like moringa, turmeric leaf, cedarwood, argan, sesame and coconut oils to condition the scalp and stave off premature greying and hair loss. It also contains Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant to strengthen hair follicles and promote healthier, fuller hair growth.