Benefits of sunflower seed extract for your hair

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We use sunflower Helianthus Annuus (aka Sunflower) seed extract in many of our most popular product lines such as Ghost™, Hydrate, Volume and Curl. We include it because it’s essential in protecting your hair and keeping it soft!

Plus, there's a Verb haircare product containing sunflower seed extract that could be just right for you. Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of sunflower seed oil for hair and how to incorporate them into your routine.

What is sunflower seed extract?

Sunflower seed extract is made from the processed seed meal of sunflower kernels. During the extraction process, the beneficial juices in sunflower seeds are separated into a concentrated ingredient. 

Sunflower seed extract contains nutrients such as tocopherols (a form of vitamin E), polyphenolic antioxidants as well as minerals such as selenium, copper, zinc and amino acids. All of these come together to make sunflower seed extract a top ingredient in hair and skincare products.

Sunflower seed extract vs. oil

Sunflower seed extract is the concentrated essence of the sunflower kernels and is a multi-beneficial, antioxidant-rich ingredient. On the other hand, sunflower seed oil (sometimes simply referred to as sunflower oil) is the fat pressed out from the kernels, and is most commonly used in cooking.

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Benefits of sunflower seed extract for your hair

While sunflowers are quite beautiful, the benefits of the extract that they produce are even better. Rich in antioxidants and nourishing nutrients, here are seven reasons why you’ll love using sunflower seed extract in your hair:

1. Controls frizzy hair

Sunflower seed extract fights and counteracts dryness and hair damage. Its moisturizing properties hydrate the hair shaft to help get rid of frizz and prevent breakage.

2. Conditions and nourishes 

Rich in nutrients such as vitamin E and fatty acids, sunflower seed extract weightlessly conditions and provides the essential nourishment for soft, shiny hair

3. Guards against dryness

Because sunflower seed extract is an emollient, it prevents water loss in the hair. This helps to soften and shine, while being super light and moisturizing hair without weighing it down.

4. Protects color fading

The antioxidants present in sunflower seed extract can help protect your expensive hair color from quickly fading. By neutralizing free radicals, it minimizes oxidative stress, which is a common cause of color fading.

5. Prevents brassiness 

For those with color-treated hair, brassiness, the unwanted warm tones that turn blonde into orange, is one of the biggest hair problems. Sunflower seed extract's ability to protect against color fading can also help prevent the development of brassy tones, maintaining the vibrancy of the original hair color.

Explore our Purple collection of violet-pigment-infused hair products for more help neutralizing brassy hues.

6. Fosters a healthy scalp

Good hair health stems from having a healthy scalp. Adding sunflower extract to your scalp is incredibly beneficial thanks to a triple threat of antioxidants, fatty acids and other nourishing nutrients:

  • Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, preventing damage. 
  • Vitamin E contributes to scalp hydration and prevents dryness. 
  • A moisturized and nourished scalp supports natural oil balance.

By keeping your hair properly hydrated with sunflower extract, you can even tackle issues like flakiness and itching. Overall, with consistent use of sunflower seed extract in haircare products, you can keep your scalp happy and healthy.

How to use sunflower seed extract in every step of your hair routine

Shampoo infused with argan oil and sunflower seed extract

One of our most popular products, our Hydrating Shampoo combines the benefits of sunflower seed extract with argan oil and pro-vitamin B5 to gently cleanse hair and replenish moisture. You’ll love this shampoo for the way it leaves your hair soft, smooth and nourished.

Weightless moisture from our iconic Ghost™ Conditioner

From our iconic Ghost™ line of haircare products, this Ghost™ Conditioner is infused with ingredients such as moringa oil and of course, sunflower seed extract. These fatty acids work to smooth and defrizz hair, while adding shine that doesn’t weigh down strands.

Hydrate and tone with the Purple Mask

Stomp out brassiness and warm hues with our Purple Mask hair toner (infused with pro-grade violet pigment). With the help of sunflower seed extract to hydrate and soften hair, it tones blonde, highlighted, gray and silver hair. Not to mention, this purple hair mask was tested in a third-party lab and proven to reduce brassiness by 14%!

Sunflower seed extract for curly hairstyles

For our curly-haired people, our Curl Cream will define your curls while also providing moisture and definition. Thanks to the sunflower seed extract, this styling cream formula is lightweight enough to keep curls bouncy, but powerful enough to control frizz.

See for yourself why we are so obsessed with sunflower seed extract for hair!

These aren’t the only Verb products that harness the power of sunflower seed extract for beautiful hair. See for yourself and shop our whole collection of hair products with sunflower seed extract. That includes crowd favorites such as Ghost™ Shampoo, Ghost™ Conditioner, Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, Volume Conditioner and Volume Spray.

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