Laboratory tested, salon approved

Plant stem cells are enhancing a new breed of hair care products with restorative powers.

Every time we work out our hair gets put through its paces right along with our bodies. Headbands, tight ponytail elastics, sweat and constant washing are the main culprits that cause stress — making damage inevitable. Until now. Plant stem cells, most often obtained from rare Swiss Uttwiler Spätlauber apple trees, are little miracle workers that have the beauty world buzzing. The hype surrounds their ability to repair and protect hair follicles, thanks to a protein and phytonutrient-packed composition. “The new botanical stem cell products address all of the harmful things that we do to our hair,” says Doris Day MD, a New York dermatologist. “Depending on the formulation, plant extracts can help restore moisture and strengthen hair.” But that's not all. If it's body and shine you're after, consider that done too. “When used consistently, apple stem cells have been shown to energize the scalp and also extend the life of the hair follicle for longer, healthier, thicker-looking hair,” explains hair guru Peter Lamas.

Whatever plagues your mane, know that healthier hair awaits. Click through the slideshow above to find your fix.

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  • Andre Walker Phytocelltec Botanical Stem Cell Shampoo

    Andre Walker Phytocelltec Botanical Stem Cell Shampoo

    From the man who keeps Oprah’s mane TV-ready, this botanical-infused shampoo will restore the luster to your hair. While most traditional shampoos strip away the natural oils that add shine, this does the opposite: Its high-tech formulation features restorative and nourishing apple stem cells, plus antioxidants which fend off environmental harms like UV rays. Bonus: it leaves hair with a soft, fruity scent. ($23; available at andrewalkerhair.com)

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  • Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Regenerating Scalp Serum

    Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Regenerating Scalp Serum

    Think of this as liquid gold for your locks. Apple stem cells and swertia extract combine in this scalp-stimulating leave-in serum, famed for fighting hair loss and promoting glossy curtains of hair. Gently massage a few drops onto your scalp and allow it to absorb completely before styling. For the best results use morning and night. ($45; available at peterlamas.com)


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  • DS Laboratories Revita COR Conditioner

    DS Laboratories Revita COR Conditioner

    Turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate tired hair with this creamy conditioner. It’s packed with botanical stem cells and an army of softeners (such as apigenin, ginseng, and zinc), not to mention new synthesis formulation technology that keeps Revita COR’s moisturizing components working up to 12 hours after it has been rinsed out. Comb through towel-dried hair and leave in for 2 to 5 minutes. ($24; available at sleekhair.com)

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  • Serious Skincare Replicate & Renew Plant Stem Cell Recharging Hair Lift Spray

    Serious Skincare Replicate & Renew Plant Stem Cell Recharging Hair Lift Spray

    Add instant volume with a few spritzes of this botanical booster, enriched with apple stem cells. Ideal for fine hair, it's a two-in-one styling aid that adds body and bounce while protecting strands from humidity. Section hair into four parts, spray roots, then blow-dry and style as usual. ($30; available at seriousskincare.com)

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  • Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Sweet Orange & Argan style cream

    Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Sweet Orange & Argan style cream

    Let’s start with the scent: citrusy and yummy. But this rich cream is so much more — a serious frizz fighter, for starters. Apple and grape stem cells mix with organic aloe vera and a host of high-antioxidant berries to give your hair flexible hold that’s impervious to flyaways. If you have curls, it's perfect for keeping ringlets with a mind of their own from spiraling out of control. ($10; available at Andalou.com)

    In the market for more products rich in natural ingredients? Read up on argan oil here

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