THE GOODNESS INSIDE!

At Lee Stafford we are as passionate about what goes into our amazing products as ensuring they do what we say they are going to do. We pride ourselves in using the best of ingredients available, whether that’s naturally sourced wonder botanicals or the latest in scientific discoveries to get incredible performance. We want to be open and transparent to as to why we use ingredients and what they are in our products for, so indulge your curiosity with our ingredient overview. If you have any questions on ingredients or our formulations please get in touch!

Click an ingredient to see more about what is is used for and which products it is used in.

OUR INGREDIENTS

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AGAVE

Nutritiously Hydrating Sugar

As a cousin to the Aloe Vera, Agave flourishes in harsh desert climates by producing a highly nutritious sugar that maximises every bit of moisture from its surroundings. This keeps the plant hydrated even during prolonged periods of drought. Agave sugars provide the same healing and protection properties for hair by locking in moisture, strengthening the cuticle and essentially healing breakage. A unique ingredient that helps make hair visibly stronger, shinier and healthier.

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AGAVE

Nutritiously Hydrating Sugar

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ALGAE EXTRACT

Maximum Strength Boost

Algae extract is a natural extract is taken from seaweed. It is a fantastic source of fatty acids which help to strengthen the hair follicle and reduce breakage. Algae is also mineral and protein rich, make it great for supporting the growth of strong healthy hair.

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ALGAE EXTRACT

Maximum Strength Boost

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ALLANTOIN

Essential Skin Nourisher

Allantoin is a great anti-irritant reducing redness and helping the scalp to feel relieved and refreshed. It nourishes and conditions, helping to relieve or prevent a dry and itchy scalp.

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ALLANTOIN

Essential Skin Nourisher

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ALMOND EXTRACT

Sweet Shiny Hair

First cultivated thousands of years ago, Sweet Almond Oil is extracted from ripe seed kernels after they have been dried, crushed and cold pressed. It has been used in many ancient cultures for their healing and health properties, many of which benefit the hair! As an emollient it softens the texture of hair, making it easier to comb and style so your hair is less prone to breakage and split ends. The high protein and Vitamins A, B and E content also revitalises dull hair to give it that sweet shine.

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ALMOND EXTRACT

Sweet Shiny Hair

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ALOE VERA LEAF JUICE

Healing All Rounder

The Aloe Vera plant is commonly found in tropical climates and has been used for centuries as a healing, medicinal plant. The juice is extracted by crushing and grinding the leaf of the Aloe Vera plant, followed by a process of purification and filtering. The end product is full of natural vitamins and enzymes that help remove the dead cells from the scalp, balance out the hair’s pH to retain moisture and promote overall hair health.

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ALOE VERA LEAF JUICE

Healing All Rounder

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ANGELICA ROOT EXTRACT

Amazing Irritation Reliever

Angelica Root Extract is used in scalp and haircare as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It’s also thought to help boost circulation of the scalp, which in turn means healthier hair.

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ANGELICA ROOT EXTRACT

Amazing Irritation Reliever

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APPLE EXTRACT

Packed With Nutrients

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or so they say! Apples are rich in nutrients including Vitamins A, B2, C, E and biotin. Biotin is often recommended in the diets of people suffering hair loss as it promotes hair growth, strength and thickness.

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APPLE EXTRACT

Packed With Nutrients

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ARGAN OIL

Liquid Gold

Lee Stafford sustainably sources its Argan Oil from local Berber women within Morocco. The kernels are gathered from Moroccan Argan trees that can live as long as 200 years and are hand crushed by the local women using traditional extraction technique

Historically used to drizzle on food, this golden oil also has fantastic skin and hair care benefits. It is brimming with antioxidants and essential fatty acids including Vitamin E and oleic acid which protect, hydrate and condition the skin, scalp, and hair.

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ARGAN OIL

Liquid Gold

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ARNICA FLOWER EXTRACT

Cleansing Growth Stimulator

Arnica Flower Extract has multiple scalp and hair benefits, it’s best known for it’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. It aids in the removal of oil, sebum, dirt and dandruff from the scalp and can help to relieve itchiness too. It can also help to stimulate the follicles to assist in new hair growth.

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ARNICA FLOWER EXTRACT

Cleansing Growth Stimulator

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AVOCADO OIL

Repair Replenish Protect

Avocado oil is pressed from the flesh of an avocado, the most well known superfood! The benefits of avocado are never ending… rich in oleic acid and monounsaturated fats, this lightweight oil can penetrate the hair shaft to deeply moisturise the hair from within without weighing hair down. Avocado oil also naturally contains Vitamin E which helps to protect and heal hair from UV damage.

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AVOCADO OIL

Repair Replenish Protect

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BEESWAX

Honey Hydration

Cera Alba, more commonly known as Beeswax, is a natural wax produced by honey bees. It’s properties make it perfect for use on all hair types by nourishing, conditioning and softening those locks.

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BEESWAX

Honey Hydration

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BIOTIN

Effective Hair Saviour

Biotin is a B vitamin that plays an important part in skin, hair and nail health. It doesn’t just help with general hair health, it can also aid hair density, as well as stimulating hair growth.

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BIOTIN

Effective Hair Saviour

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BLADDER WRACK EXTRACT

Calm Sooth Nourish

Bladder Wrack Extract also known as Seaweed Absolute is extracted from Bladder Wrack Seaweed that is harvested from rocky shores around the world. Bladder Wrack is great a great hair care ingredient for calming and nourishing the hair and scalp for maximum hydration and softness.

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BLADDER WRACK EXTRACT

Calm Sooth Nourish

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BLUE PIGMENT

Cool Down Your Colour

Freshly bleached hair looks bright and beautiful but can discolour and go brassy over time. Purple pigments work to counteract yellow tones whereas blue pigments neutralize orange, brassy tones. These pigments deposit on the hair shaft to create icy, silver-grey shades to brighten blondes and achieve a cool, ashy look.

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BLUE PIGMENT

Cool Down Your Colour

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CACTUS FLOWER EXTRACT

Powerful Prickle Extract

Cactus Flower Extract is a natural extract of the flower of Cereus grandifloras. It is a great source of moisture and hydration for the hair while also helping to protect the hair against environmental damage for stronger and healthier hair.

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CACTUS FLOWER EXTRACT

Powerful Prickle Extract

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CACTUS STEM EXTRACT

Thirst Quenching Hydration

Cacti have cleverly adapted to their dry, desert environments to retain as much water as possible within the stem. The cactus stem is therefore a great source of antioxidants, with amazing anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a fantastic ingredient for hair care, giving weightless moisture to quench thirsty hair. The vitamins and nutrients of the juicy cactus also help to replenish and restore hair natural moisture levels, leaving it hydrated and healthy.

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CACTUS STEM EXTRACT

Thirst Quenching Hydration

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CAFFEINE

Energise Healthy Hair

Caffeine isn’t just great for waking you up in the morning, it is effective in promoting hair growth too! By targeting a hair loss causing hormone known as ‘DHT’ in the initial phases of hair growth, Caffeine ensures your hair follicles get all the essential minerals and nutrients required to encourage healthier, stronger hair. Caffeine also helps retain moisture rather than stripping hair of its natural oils, creating a natural shiny sheen to your mane.

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CAFFEINE

Energise Healthy Hair

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CAMELLIA OIL

Packed With Smoothing Powers

Sourced from the seeds of the Camellia plant, Camellia Oil is a fast absorbing emollient known for sealing moisture into the hair and softening curl

When blended with Wheat Germ Oil, Wheat Bran Extract and special emollients, this unique mix is proven to protect from humidity, aid shape retention, provide frizz control, strengthen hair, smooth and seal the cuticle.

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CAMELLIA OIL

Packed With Smoothing Powers

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CANOLA OIL

Protect & Shine

Canola Oil is known for nourishing the hair and scalp, imparting amazing shine and leaving curls with a frizz free finish. As an emollient, this oil forms a protective layer on the surface of the hair to seal in moisture, help to detangle curls and reduce any damage by allowing your comb to slip through without snagging.

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CANOLA OIL

Protect & Shine

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CARAGEENAN EXTRACT

CARAGEENAN EXTRACT

Carrageenan is extracted from red algae seaweed and acts as a textural base to make fantastic feeling products. This ingredient creates smooth, creamy textures and ensures your favourite shampoos and conditioners feel luxuriant!

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CARAGEENAN EXTRACT

CARAGEENAN EXTRACT

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CASTOR SEED OIL

Super Strength Boost

Castor Oil is well known for its great hair properties. Not only can it improve the condition of hair by strengthening the follicle to minimise breakage, castor oil can also trap in moisture for hydrated hair! Produced by crushing and pressing the seeds of the Ricinus Communis, Castor Oil also helps boost scalp health through increasing the blood flow, making this ingredient perfect for extra nourishment.

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CASTOR SEED OIL

Super Strength Boost

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CHAMOMILE EXTRACT

Brighten Strengthen Protect

Chamomile extract, taken from dry chamomile flowers, has soothing and conditioning properties which help to strengthen the hair follicle for brighter, healthier hair. The yellow pigment of the flower helps to add a natural glow to blonde and light brown hair whilst also protecting hair from environmental damage.

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CHAMOMILE EXTRACT

Brighten Strengthen Protect

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COCOA BUTTER

Food Of The Gods

Cocoa Seed Butter is the natural, edible fat extract from the roasted seeds of Theobroma Cacoa, an evergreen tree native to the Americas. It is commonly used in producing chocolate and cocoa powder! Cacoa is also an ancient superfood ingredient known as the ‘food of the gods’, rich in antioxidant and mood enhancing properties. In hair it acts as a fantastic conditioning agent leading to less breakage and split ends in addition to helping to maintain healthy scalp oil production.

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COCOA BUTTER

Food Of The Gods

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COCOA SEED EXTRACT

Food Of The Gods

Cocoa Seed Butter is the natural, edible fat extract from the roasted seeds of Theobroma Cacoa, an evergreen tree native

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COCOA SEED EXTRACT

Food Of The Gods

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COCONUT OIL

Go Nuts For Soft Hair

Derived from Copra, the dried flesh of a coconut, Coconut Oil famously has a long list of benefits. Deeply nourishing and moisturising , Coconut Oil helps to repair damage, leaving hair feeling healthy and soft with added shine.

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COCONUT OIL

Go Nuts For Soft Hair

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CORN STARCH

For That Clean Feeling

Corn starch is a naturally derived ingredient from the corn kernel with fantastic oil absorbing properties. Corn starch is key for keeping your hair looking cleaner and fresher for longer whilst banishing greasy roots instantly.

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CORN STARCH

For That Clean Feeling

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CREATINE

Damaged Hair Hero

Creatine is an amino acid derivative identical to the natural creatine occurring in the skin. It has fantastic skin care benefits, is known to help moisturise, reduce potential irritation and soothe skin. Creatine is also a hero ingredient for stressed and damaged hair. It acts as a great source of moisture and helps to improve the condition of hair by smoothing the cuticle making hair feel glossy and sleek.

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CREATINE

Damaged Hair Hero

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CUPUACU SEED BUTTER

Pharmacy In A Fruit

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CUPUACU SEED BUTTER

Pharmacy In A Fruit

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DULSE EXTRACT

Marine Multitasker

Dulse extract is taken from Palmaria palmata, a type of seaweed that grows primarily around the Northern Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It’s high vitamin content makes this the perfect haircare ingredient, helping to protect hair against colour fading and protein damage. In addition, it contains high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids to stimulate the scalp and help with hair growth.

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DULSE EXTRACT

Marine Multitasker

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GINGER ROOT EXTRACT

Stimulate And Strengthen

Ginger is an amazing hair and scalp ingredient that stimulates the hair follicles to help promote hair growth. Ginger root extract also contains many vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids which strengthen hair strands helping to reduce hair loss and restoring moisture depletion in the hair.

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GINGER ROOT EXTRACT

Stimulate And Strengthen

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GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT

Reliable Strength Champion

Ginseng is believed to increase the dermal cells on the scalp which then strengthens the hair follicles and roots. This not only encourages the new growth of strands but also helps to prevent hair thinning and breakage.

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GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT

Reliable Strength Champion

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GLYCERIN

Strengthening And Moisturising

Glycerin helps in strengthening the hair, leading to less split ends forming. Frizz is caused by low moisture in the hair, leading to hair damage and hair loss, Glycerin is heavy in humectants, which are made to pull moisture into the hair and retain it.

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GLYCERIN

Strengthening And Moisturising

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GLYCOLIC ACID

Multi-Tasking Powerhouse

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, it is used in skincare for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimising the appearance of pores, fighting acne, removing dead skin cells and evening out skin tone. In scalp products it is used to help exfoliate the surface of the scalp, whilst clarifying product residue from the hair. It’s also been found that adding Glycolic Acid to hair improved the protection and manageability by conditioning, moisturizing, strengthening while also preventing breakage.

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GLYCOLIC ACID

Multi-Tasking Powerhouse

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GRAPE SEED OIL

Seal In Moisture

Grape Seed Oil creates a deeply nourishing blanket around strands, locking in moisture, sealing the ends and protecting the hair fibre. Packed with antioxidants, this oil is lightweight and easily absorbed, imparting some serious shine without the greasy feel.

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GRAPE SEED OIL

Seal In Moisture

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GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT

Super Star Multitasker

Used in hair, its ability to enhance elasticity makes Green Tea Extract a common ingredient in hair care products that work to cleanse the scalp, soothe dryness, eliminate dandruff, fortify the strands, support and stimulate growth, and enhance lustre.

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GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT

Super Star Multitasker

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HONEY

Bee Strong

Honey is an emollient meaning that it helps to keep hair moisturised, hydrated and soft. By sealing in moisture, this keeps the hair conditioned and strengthens it to help reduce breakage. Honey is also rich in antioxidants which help to protect the hair against environmental damage, keeping the scalp and hair healthy and protected.

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HONEY

Bee Strong

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HYALURONIC ACID

Powerful Hydration Hero

Hyaluronic Acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that helps keep it hydrated and plump. The HA within our bodies holds a thousand times its weight in water. When you apply HA to your skin it basically takes moisture from the air around you, leaving skin hydrated and plump, which is why it’s a good anti-wrinkle ingredient. It’s moisturising and softening properties prevent the scalp from becoming dry and flaky, providing the scalp and roots with essential nourishment.

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HYALURONIC ACID

Powerful Hydration Hero

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HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN

Restore And Repair

Hydrolyzed Corn Protein is renowned as saviour for damaged hair that has been chemically treated, bleached or dyed. It helps to increase elasticity, strengthen the hair to minimise breakage and deeply moisturises the hair leaving it feeling hydrated and nourished.

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HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN

Restore And Repair

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HYDROLYZED KERATIN

Miracle Damage Remedy Multitasker

Hydrolyzed Keratin helps to reduce the porosity of hair and strengthens it from within, making hair appear healthier, shinier, and easier to manage. The particles of the protein work by filling in the cracks along the damaged areas of the hair shaft to increase elasticity, boost volume, reduce frizz and restore lustre for soft effortless sleek locks.

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HYDROLYZED KERATIN

Miracle Damage Remedy Multitasker

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HYDROLYZED LUPINE PROTEIN

Sleek And Effortless

Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein is a naturally occurring ingredient and is obtained from the seeds of the Lupine plant. Lupine Protein is great at increasing manageability and reducing frizz for nourished, sleeker looking hair.

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HYDROLYZED LUPINE PROTEIN

Sleek And Effortless

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HYDROLYZED MILK PROTEIN

Hydration And Bounce

Hydrolyzed Milk Protein is one of the most nutrient rich proteins due to its amino acid content and this comes with a lot of benefits for haircare. Increasing body, strength, hydration and elasticity, whilst enhancing manageability for effortless body and bounce are just a few to mention.

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HYDROLYZED MILK PROTEIN

Hydration And Bounce

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HYDROLYZED SILK

Protein Protection

Hydrolyzed Silk Protein is a natural protein obtained from natural silk fibres from the cocoon of the silk worm. This delicate ingredient has a low molecular weight giving it a greater ability to penetrate the hair shaft, helping to improve elasticity, reduce breakage and forms a protective barrier on the hair surface. This barrier improves shine making the hair look healthier whilst also protecting the hair against moisture loss and other environmental damages.

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HYDROLYZED SILK

Protein Protection

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HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN

Soft Strong & Healthy

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, a protein that is isolated from soybeans, is a super ingredient which strengthens and repairs hair. It deeply hydrates hair, improving texture and adding lustre for strong, shiny locks.

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HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN

Soft Strong & Healthy

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HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN

Smooth And Luxurious

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein follows a process to break down the protein in vegetables in to their component amino acids. This enables this ingredient to enter deep into the hair shaft to deliver deep moisturisation and shine, in turn reducing brittleness, split ends and increasing manageability for effortlessly beautiful hair.

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