Banana Extract

A yellow banana with a green stem.

Ingredient - Banana Extract (Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract)

Scientific Background: Rooted in Science - Banana extract is derived from the fruit of the Musa sapientum, commonly known as the banana. This natural compound is treasured for its rich content of vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Noteworthy components include glucose and fructose sugars, potassium, vitamin C as an antioxidant, vitamin B6, as well as the minerals magnesium, manganese, and copper.

Plant Origin & Native Region - Bananas are native to Southeast Asia, including the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They have been cultivated in these regions for thousands of years and were first introduced to Europe by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. They quickly gained popularity in Europe and were also introduced to the Americas and Africa.

Hair Specialty: Moisturizer, Strengthener, Scalp Health, Growth Promoter - Banana extract offers a multitude of benefits in various hair care products, thanks to its diverse components:

  • Sugars play a vital role in attracting and retaining moisture, preventing dryness and breakage. They also contribute to strengthening hair and maintaining the scalp's natural pH balance.

  • Protection against free radicals: Sugars present in banana extract offer protection against free radical damage, while aiding in the production of keratin, the main protein responsible for healthy hair.

  • Improved hair circulation: Sugars promote hair growth and help prevent hair loss by enhancing hair circulation. They stimulate collagen production, crucial for the overall health and growth of hair.

  • Maintenance of hair color: Sugars contribute to the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color, and continue to shield it from free radical damage.

 

References

Prünte, A., et al. "Evaluation of banana extracts as potential hair conditioning agents." International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2009; 31(4): 273-280.

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