Fatty acids are what, in part, compose oils and are considered essential or essential. Essential fatty acids are those that are not naturally produced by the body while non-essential fatty acids are produced by the body. Essential fatty acids must be obtained through taking supplements, foods, or a topical application. Fatty acids are a result of the breaking down of fats that produce a chain of hydrocarbon. In order to have healthy skin, hair, and scalp fatty acids are a necessity.
So, what do fatty acids provide the hair, skin, and scalp? Fatty acids provide nutrients but in a variety of ways as each has different properties. Fatty acids provides conditioning in numerous ways for the hair such as helping to reduce frizziness, providing moisture, penetrating the hair shaft, enhancing softness, and much more. Obtaining and maintaining moisture within the scalp is critical in achieving healthy hair and scalp. This critical moisture can be secured through the use of oils and butters which are made of fatty acids.
The skin can be enhanced by fatty acids through moisturization, penetrating the skin, and helping with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This is due to properties that are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral which are contained in the fatty acids. These same properties provide relief from itching of the scalp and skin.
A lack of fatty acids will lead to hair loss, dry hair, skin, and scalp, brittle nails, and much more. Hair becomes much more manageable when it is provided the nourishment of fatty acids and skin becomes more supple. The scalp becomes healthier as well from being provided fatty acids which will decrease the breakage of hair and promote hair growth. Of course, fatty acids are needed for the internal health of the body as well but this blog will not focus on the health of the overall body but only the hair, skin, and scalp.
FYI: Some fatty acids are created by processing chemicals derived from animals while others are made by using seeds and plants. Yet, fatty acids can also be manufactured by other means by a completely synthetic process. It is best to check with suppliers before purchasing the product to discover the source of fatty acids if this is an issue of concern. There are a large number of fatty acids but this blog will only cover a few.