Do Products With Glycosaminoglycans Promote Healthy Hair?

September 24, 2012  |  

If you’re on a quest for beautiful hair that is resplendent with health, you have probably heard of nutrients such as panthenol, keratin, biotin and collagen. There is a good chance, however, that you have not heard about a very important amino sugar called GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS (also known as mucopolysaccharides).

Glycosaminoglycans have shown promising ability to stimulate hair growth in clinical tests. They lengthen the anagen or growing stage of a hair’s strand’s life cycle, thereby giving hair an extended period of time to grow longer. Another benefit of this substance is that it has the potential to reduce hair loss, so if excessive shedding is a concern, you might want to look for conditioners that have this all important ingredient in the mix.

Some products that have glycosaminoglycans (mucopolysaccharides) are:


Although it was originally formulated for use on horses, Mega-Tek is widely touted as a miracle product for inducing hair growth and thickness in black online hair care communities. Some say the original formula has changed, and the makers of Mega-Tek even took the same ingredients and tried to give it a marketing makeover by introducing a similar product that was aimed at women. Devoted sisters “recognized game” for what it was and didn’t take the bait, going as far as to order the original Mega-Tek from equine supply stores. It is commonly applied directly to the scalp, but some do use it as a conditioner.

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