AlgaPūr High Stability High Oleic (HSHO) algae oil  is a bio-based oil derived from a microalgae sourced from the sap of chestnut trees in Germany, and developed by Dutch-based food and biochemicals company Corbion.
“For centuries people have used oils to care for their hair because of their conditioning and nourishing properties. AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil is the newest evolution in that tradition: It is a natural ingredient produced through fermentation, is readily biodegradable, and has a low environmental footprint in the water, carbon, and land use,” explains Lubrizol Life Science - Beauty (LLS Beauty), which is launching the substance in the beauty and personal care markets, as part of their global collaboration agreement with Corbion.
During the fermentation process, the algae sourced from the chesnut trees efficiently convert simple sugars into triglyceride oils. This manufacturing process takes place in a controlled bio-reactor, far from fragile ecosystems, while ensuring rapid scalability and reproducibility.
As a result, this natural ingredient (according to ISO 16128) has a minimal environmental impact. It is also free from palm-oil, petrochemicals and animal byproducts.
Rich in Omega-9 fatty acids
According to LLS Beauty, AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil contains over 90% of beneficial Omega-9 Oleic Acid in a highly stable, liquid-based formula that protects the hair fiber from breakage, repairs split ends, provides shine, controls frizz, improves manageability and conditions.
Tests on multiple types of hair showed, among other things, that hair breakage was 83% less likely to occur in hair treated with AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil than with untreated hair. It also repaired split ends 10% better than argan oil.
AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil also demonstrated several benefits for the scalp, including an anti-aging and moisturizing effects, and the ability to repair photodamage. In vitro tests have shown an increase in type 1 collagen and elastin synthesis, and a decrease in signs of UV-induced cell damage. In vivo tests have demonstrated its immediate and long-lasting benefits on moisturization and improved skin barrier function.
According to LLS Beauty, AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil is ideal for the formulation of a wide variety of hair and scalp products, including shampoos, conditioners, treatments, or styling products.
“Throughout history, women have relied upon oils to protect and beautify their hair and scalps. AlgaPūr HSHO algae oil takes that beauty practice to the next level in delivering healthy hair fiber and scalp,” explains Juliana Mancini, Global Hair Care Marketing Manager, LLS Beauty.