Flax

Linum usitatissimum L.

Family Linaceae

USE IN KLORANE PRODUCTS

Flax is a plant that currently offers a variety of applications. Textile flax is used for its long fibers, which, after various processing steps, produce the linen thread used for making fabrics.
Linseed is grown for its edible seeds that are rich in oil and protein. They are widely used in the field of dietetics as they are very rich in essential fatty acids. In the food industry, the mucilage of its seeds can be used to replace gum arabic. In herbal medicine, flax seeds are used for internal and external purposes due to their emollient and soothing properties. In cosmetics, flax is mainly used for its anti-aging and softening properties. Recently, its use in hair care has been established thanks to the volumizing properties of its mucilage.

PLANT EXTRACT CHARACTERISTICS

Klorane Laboratories derive mucilage from flaxseeds: soluble fibers composed of polysaccharides, which offer film-forming properties, act as powerful natural protectors to support and volumize hair from the root.

BOTANICAL FACT SHEET

Latin name: Linum usitatissimum L.
English name: Flax, common flax or linseed.
Family: Linaceae.
Flax is an annual herbaceous plant with a straight fibrous stem that can grow to 80 cm tall.
The leaves are simple, alternate, linear or lanceolate.
Its blue flowers are solitary and are borne on a straight, elongated stalk.
Its fruit are capsules which contain smooth, glossy seeds of varying shades of dark brown that measure 4-6 mm long.
Flax has been cultivated for so long that we are not aware of its wild form, and its origins are uncertain. Currently, L. usitatissimum is widely cultivated in Europe and many other regions in the world. It grows wild in the vicinity of fields, meadows and roadsides.
There are approximately 200 different species of flax.

TRADITIONAL USES

Flax has been grown since ancient times and dates back to the origins of agriculture. Along with Hemp, it is the second oldest known textile plant. Numerous archaeological remains of it exist, and fabric fragments dating back to 8,000 B.C. have been found. Flax was used to make clothing, sails, ropes and canvas. The burial shrouds of Egyptians and the bandages in which they wrapped their mummies were made from flax in 23rd century B.C. Hippocrates (5th-4th century B.C.) used flax seeds for their medicinal properties, and it appears that Theophrastus (4th century B.C.) was the first to indicate their mucilage to relieve coughing. In the 15th and 16th centuries, linseed oil was widely used in medical practice.

KLORANE Hair

VOLUME AND TEXTURE

Flax

Is your hair flat and lacking volume? Are you looking to add texture while preserving your hair's natural movement?
Blending natural and technical care, the flax fiber hair care range offers a unique volumizing ritual. A powerful concentrate of effectiveness, flax fibers are high in mucilage, which gives them an ability to protect and coat the hair to give it full volume that is supple and light.
Featuring a blue, airy color, a feminine, botanical fragrance and lightweight, crystalline textures, these products are specially formulated to deliver volume.

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