5 weird (but fun!) sea buckthorn berry facts you need to know
Let’s talk about this superfruit we’re obsessed with – sea buckthorn berry. We simply can’t quit loving these underrated litter berries, but why? #1 it contains multiple benefits for our hair(obviously). #2 it got a name that’s catchy and fun (/ˈsē-ˈbək-thȯrn-ber-ē/). Small but mighty, the bold orange berries is the essential ingredient we used in every single amika product! We’ve gathered 5 fun facts about sea buckthorn berry that gives it its quirky charm:
1. It’s exotic
Sea buckthorn berry can only be found in some areas of the Himalayas and in Siberia. For over a thousand years, it was widely praised and used in medicinal practices in China and has only been getting popular in North America since the last decade. Contrary to its name, the sea buckthorn berry is not originated from the sea, it actually comes from the mountainous regions. Our creative director + co-founder, who is Russian, had experienced the power of the superfruit ever since she was a child. It was no surprise that she has been incorporating the berry into every amika hair care and styling product since day 1 of starting the brand.
2. It has nicknames aplenty
Sea buckthorn berry, or seaberry, or obliphica or its latter name – Hippophae rhamnoides L, which means “shiny horse” because this is the exact berry that the ancient Greeks fed to their horses and makes the horses’ hair super shiny and glossy. According to Greek mythology, it is also the favorite food of Pegasus, the mythical winged horse, and the berry is so powerful that it contributes to Pegasus’s flying ability.
3. It’s a nutrition powerhouse for hair
The berry’s magical conditioning property is every hair enthusiast’s dream. Packed with antioxidants and omega fatty acids from the sea buckthorn berry, our soulfood nourish mask makes your hair significantly shinier, smoother and stronger. With 3 times more vitamin A than a carrot and 15 (yep, 15) times more vitamin C than an orange, the superfruit is a supercharged nutrition powerhouse. It also protects hair and skin from oxidation and aging with 190 cell-nourishing biologically active compounds.
4. It’s versatile, too
It’s multi-beneficial to our hair. For example, all of the benefits mentioned above work like a dream team with other key components like UV filters and betaine in vault color-lock shampoo to improve hair’s elasticity and lock your color. Not only does it contributes to healthy mane, but it also offers supports cardio health, promotes liver health, strengthens the immune system and offers protection against diabetes. It can be used in a wide range of products from skincare to oils and health supplements.
5. It’s tart to the taste
You may eat the berry raw, technically, but it’s incredibly tart. Hence, it’s often used in sauces, jam, juices or baked into a cake. It tastes like a blend of pineapple and passionfruit but without the sweetness. Sea buckthorn berry is just like your blunt BFF, who always tells you the truth even though you might not want to hear it, but you’ll be glad you do.
You might be adding your bottle of normcore signature shampoo to cart in the hope of it just doing its fundamental job – cleansing, but the superfruit inside the shampoo makes it performs so much more to promote your mane health. In a nutshell, you probably need to start searching for sea buckthorn berry in the ingredient list of every hair product. Luckily, search no more, we’ve got plenty here.
Based on an article written by Wendy Sy