From bird poop on the face to bull semen in the hair, beauty treatments are becoming more and more extreme. Now beauty brand Hask sells placenta hair treatments that promise to “instantly restore life and luster to dry, damaged hair.” And unlike many of its exotic counterparts which require costly salon trips, you can find Hask's placenta hair treatments at beauty supply chains and some big-box retailers. While putting placenta on your tresses may sound wild, evidence suggests Hask's products may give damaged hair a shiny, restorative boost.
How They Work
The Hask line of placenta hair treatments includes a variety of products, including a conditioner, leave-in conditioner and heat-activated oil. According to the company, the placenta in these products comes from birthing cows and contains hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturizer. In a 2009 article for the “Los Angeles Times,” Ron Robinson, a cosmetic chemist, said that because placenta is rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins, Hask's product may help strengthen lifeless hair.
Although Robinson doesn't base his statement on any research studies, some studies suggests placenta may help hair growth. Researchers have found success in using placenta extract injections to boost hair growth in women who have experienced hair loss. Additionally, scientists have also found that when applied topically to rats, placenta increased hair size and length, according to a January 2011 article in the "Indian Journal of Dermatology." While these studies don't prove Hask's placenta products live up to their claims, they suggest that for about $5 a bottle, the hair treatments might be worth a try.