Modern hair care products may be the best for women, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Researchers surveyed 1,200 women aged 18 to 59 who use at least one modern hair care product per week, and compared them to their own hair care preferences.
Women with thicker or thicker hair were more likely to use modern products than those with shorter or thinner hair.
The study found that modern products made the hair more manageable, less frizzy, and less greasy.
They also reduced the chance of scalp cancer.
“These products reduce the chances of hair loss and inflammation and improve hair care efficiency,” said Dr. Joanne A. Johnson, lead author of the study.
She also pointed out that modern hair products were more expensive than their natural counterparts.
“The majority of women are using products with the same ingredients as the traditional products, which include sodium lauryl sulfate, which is highly effective in combating bacteria,” said Johnson.
She added that women who used modern products also had significantly higher levels of melanin.
Johnson added that modern ingredients tend to contain more ingredients than traditional ingredients.
For example, the most commonly used modern ingredients are hydrogenated coconut oil and glycerin, which are known to contain the same anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Modern products are also more expensive, with an average price tag of $150 for a full-size shampoo and $180 for a shampoo containing 10 percent of a hair gel.
“We know that our skin absorbs and cleans products better, so modern products are a better choice for those with sensitive or dry skin,” said Jessica A. Ritchie, senior clinical scientist at American Academy for Dermatological Research.
The researchers also found that women with thinner or thicker hairs were more interested in modern products, but were less likely to buy them.
The findings may help explain why women with longer, thicker, or darker hair are more likely than others to buy modern products.
Johnson noted that newer products may have a slightly higher level of ingredients.
“In this study, the average price of products with more than 20 percent of an ingredient was about $50, but products with fewer than 10 percent were cheaper,” she said.
“For products with less than 10 to 15 percent, the price per product was about the same.”
Johnson noted there are more products in the market today than there were just a few years ago.
For instance, there are currently six brands on the market.
“There is a lot of innovation in this space, and there are a lot more options available to women,” she added.
Johnson and her colleagues have more to share about the study when they present their findings in a forthcoming issue of the journal.
You can read the study in the June issue of Derma, a professional journal of dermatology and allied dermatology.