It is rare for a conditioner to attract my eye. I just find hair care products terribly boring (probably because my straight, flat hair is terribly boring) and usually just pick up what’s cheaper at the drugstore.
But when I heard about Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, I was instantly intrigued. One of the key ingredients is baobab oil, something I had never come across in cosmetics before.
And, unlike most of its rivals that add “key ingredients”, especially the uncommon ones, in minuscule amounts just for marketing purposes, Sienna Naturals has put quite a lot of baobab oil into this conditioner. It takes third place on the ingredient list!
It’s refreshing to find a brand that believes so much in an ingredient to use it so abundantly. But is it worth it? Does baobab oil do anything for hair? Let’s see what the science says:
What Sienna Naturals Says
Get resilient, manageably soft hair with Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner. This light-weight leave-in delivers suppleness to hair without weighing down the natural vibrancy of its body or curls. Key ingredients provide protection to your hair follicles from the inside-out, defending against stress from the environment, heat and everyday styling.
Baobab Seed Oil
Baobab oil is obtained from the African baobab tree, also commonly known as “upside-down tree” for its distinctive shape, with its huge, large trunks, and small, spindly branches that resemble roots.
Baobab oil is made up of vitamins, including vitamins E and D, saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It’s these fatty acids that make it such a beneficial ingredient in hair care products.
Short and medium chain saturated fatty acids, such as lauric and stearic, are able to penetrate inside the hair shaft, nourishing hair from within, giving it suppleness and elasticity.
Higher molecular weight saturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are, instead, too big to penetrate hair and just sit on its surface, coating it in an occlusive film that prevents water from evaporating and humidity from affecting your locks. This keeps hair moisturized, making it easy to detangle and style, and prevents flyways and frizziness.
Baobab oil is made up of about one-third saturated fats, one-third monounsaturated fats, and one-third polyunsaturated fats. That means that it provides the best of both worlds. It strengthens hair from within and creates on the outside a barrier that keeps hair moisturized, and shiny.
This combination of fatty acids makes baobab oil beneficial for everyone, but particularly suitable for hair that’s been damaged by heat styling, chemical processes, too much swimming, or a too hot and humid climate.
Coconut oil is my favourite ingredient for hair. Why? it is able to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft, and much better than most oils, including baobab oil. That allows it to condition and strengthen hair from within.
Coconut oil also protects hair from hydral fatigue. That happens due to the swelling and contraction of the hair during the uptake and loss of water and needless to say, it is no good for your locks. Coconut oil, by reducing swelling of the hair shaft when wet, limits the damage. That’s why it makes such a great pre-wash treatment. Plus, it also reduce damage during combing and styling.
Like baobab oil, coconut il is also particularly suitable for dry, fragile, and damaged hair. But anyone can, actually should, use it. It just makes your hair look and feel so much better.
Shea butter is another favourite of mine. It is derived from the fruit of the shea tree, and is rich in hydrating fatty acids, including oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid.
It’s these fatty acids that make shea butter such a wonderful and effective moisturizer. It helps prevent water loss and keep hair soft and smooth.
Final Considerations On The Formula
The rest of the formula is made up of more, this time synthetic, conditioning agents, and a bunch of natural extracts that don’t really do much. But it is the 5 ingredients that make up the bulk of the formula, and 3 of them, the ones mentioned above, are top notch.
Full Ingredient List
Deionized Water, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Citric Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lanicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lanicera Japanica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E)
The Bottom Line
Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner is a godsend for damaged and dry hair. It nourishes and strengthens it from within, while coating in a thin layer that keeps it soft and smooth.
Have you tried Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner? Or anything else with baobab oil?
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