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Just like super-foods there seems to be a new miracle ingredient in the world of hair and beauty every moment, but there are some wonder ingredients that have been around for centuries. So, here we go with what you need to know about Bamboo for hair.

In traditional Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of Oriental beauty and luck; it represents the character of moral integrity, resistance, modesty and loyalty. Known for its beautifying properties for millennia it’s been used in beauty rituals since the time of the Ming dynasty in 1368. Said to be stronger than steel, it boasts incredible growth giving properties, no wonder really, as it’s the fastest growing plant in the world. If you long for Rapunzel-like lengths, just can’t get past that tricky ‘growing out’ length or have weak, thin or hair loss concerns, bamboo really is the hair holy grail.

Bamboo hair and beauty

With over 1200 different species that grow worldwide, bamboo bends without breaking and has long been a symbol of strength. Not only is bamboo the best kept modern secret for healthy hair, skin and nails, but it contains unrivalled amounts of biotin, a member of the B vitamin family that’s been shown to enhance hair growth. Biotin and silica are both found in abundance in the ancient woody grass and work in synergy to transform dry, dehydrated locks, whilst encouraging healthy hair growth. With continued use, hair appears silky, strong and lustrous. If you weren’t aware of bamboo hair and beauty benefits until now, you’ll soon be wondering why a bamboo shampoo isn’t a permanent feature in your bathroom.

Benefits of bamboo for hair

The number one reason why bamboo hair and beauty products should be part of your haircare routine is that it can help improve hair health from within. What’s so good about bamboo extract for hair is that it is made out of the most nutritious part of the bamboo. Containing a complex source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, it’s one of the richest sources of silica in the world; 70% of the plant is made up of this all-natural nutritious powerhouse. A trace mineral it helps to strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation, which can stimulate the blood flow to your scalp and encourage growth. Bamboo oil for hair is an alternative way of using bamboo which is made when the leaves and stalk of the plant are infused in oils that can be applied directly, or as an ingredient within formulations, to give hair strength and elasticity. However your hair gets its bamboo fix, it’ll thank you for it.

But, if you’re looking for the ultimate suite products inspired by bamboo hair and beauty, then look no further. Headlining the Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong collection - our Pantene hair care experts have combined the power of Pro-V science with biotin and bamboo. Plus, the shampoo and conditioner within the collection’s free from mineral oils and colourants. Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Shampoo is the bamboo shampoo you’ve been waiting for. It helps to reduce hair loss due to breakage, while promoting the growth of longer and 100% stronger hair against styling damage. Combined with Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Conditioner and you’ll quickly start to notice the difference in the strength of those strands.

Can bamboo for hair help thinning or damaged strands?

It’s a little-known fact but up 35% of women have fine or thinning hair. Most of us assume that hair loss is a problem that primarily affects older men or women, and while there’s some truth to that - your rate of hair growth slows with age - hair fall and thinning hair can actually affect men and women of any age. Hair loss can happen for a number of reasons; a change in hormones, imbalanced diet, stress, genetics, illness, and even hair styling and colouring such as bleaching, perming hair or over-exposure to heated tools.

Incredibly, hair loss is the number one searched hair issue on Google in the UK and, up to 80% of women suffer from hair damage that causes hair loss due to breakage. While some causes can’t be tackled with a revamped haircare routine, it’s not a bad place to start! Bamboo hair and beauty products are designed to strengthen strands to minimise hair breakage. While it’s normal to lose up to 50-100 hairs each day, if you’ve noticed excessive hair loss, bamboo shampoo could be the way to go. Use Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Shampoo in combination with a deeply nourishing conditioner treatment that’s uniquely formulated to reduce breakage. Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong Mask is infused with bamboo and biotin complex that’s proven to strengthen strands for up to 96% less hair loss*.

The benefits of bamboo for hair can be reaped outside the shower, so when the tap’s turned off, the treatments shouldn’t stop. Before styling, create the optimal environment for improved hair growth with Pantene Pro-V Miracles Roots Awakener Hair Fortifier that helps provide strength and thickness to each individual hair strand. Our unique potent blend that combines Pro-V science with biotin, bamboo, caffeine, vitamin B3 and panthenol, penetrates deep in to the hair, to strengthen the roots. This treatment will create the optimal environment for growth, so that you start noticing visible results as of the 1st use. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly.

Finish your new bamboo hair and beauty routine with a deeply nourishing leave-in treatment that benefits both dry and fine/oilier hair types. Pantene Pro-V Miracles Go Longer Leave-in Cream targets hair's weakest spots for hair that grows longer and 100% stronger**. This means it can be used as a standalone post bamboo shampoo treatment, and a biweekly beautifying shot. Pantene Pro-V Miracles Go Longer Leave-in Cream repairs damaged hair structure, deeply nourishing the hair follicle, significantly regenerating and protecting tresses. This daily leave-in conditioning balm restores enviable shine and radiance, replenishing hair’s moisture so it’s less prone to breakage. Cue longer, stronger strands.

So, if you’re one of the many men and women who have hair concerns and dream of long, lustrous locks, or you’ve just done a bit too much damage with your styling and colouring routine, the answer to all your hair woes is something that’s been famed for its strength and beauty for centuries, bamboo. Fast-track to more great hair days with bamboo for hair and Pantene’s Grow Strong Collection.

For more on how to prevent hair loss, or how much hair loss is normal, we’ve put together some guides with tips from our experts to help.

*hair loss due to breakage, vs. non conditioning shampoo
**strength against styling damage, vs. non conditioning shampoo

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