Hair care ingredients: Alkanes, plant extract, Living Libations

Hi, I have three part question all related to hair care:
1) I recently saw the ingredient C13-15 alkane as an ingredient in a leave-in conditioner. What is it and does it provide any hair conditioning benefit and is it similar to silicone? Does it cause build-up?

2) What is the difference between a plant oil and a plant extract? For example, in one John Masters De-tangler, it lists
"Arnica Montana Flower Extract" and "Pelargonium Graveolens Oil." Do they both provide benefits to the hair?

3) I was curious about the Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo, but it is expensive. Also, I don't see any common surfactants listed. How does the shampoo cleanse? Do the ingredients warrant the price ($25/4 oz)? I listed the ingredients below for reference.

Jojoba Oil - Simmondsia chinensis
JSeabuckthorn Oil - Hippophae rhamnoides
Coco-Protein Oil - Cocos nucifera
Yucca Oil - Yucca elata
Bladderwrack Seaweed Oil - Fucus vesiculosus
Orange Wax Oil - Citrus aurantium
Calendula Oil - Calendula officinalis
Red Clover Oil - Trifolium pretense
Oatstraw Oil - Avena sativa
Horsetail Oil - Equisetum arvense
Coltsfoot Oil - Tussilago farfara
Comfrey (Symphtum officinalis)
Stinging Nettles Oil - Urtica dioica
Chamomile Oil - Anthemis nobilis
Grapefruit Oil - Citrus paradisi
Peppermint Oil - Mentha piperita
Vetiver Oil - Vetivera zizanoides
Lime Oil - Citrus aurantifolia
Sage + Rosemary Oil - Salvia officinalis + Rosmarinus officinalis


  • However, if diagnosed right, you can control hair fall with certain home remedies that are natural and effective in saving your locks. Some Natural Remedies To Treat Hair Fall:

    1. Egg Mask
    • Separate one egg white in a bowl and add a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey.
    • Beat to make a paste and apply it all over from root to tips.
    • After 20 minutes, rinse with a mild shampoo.
    2. Licorice Root
    • Make a paste by adding a tablespoon of ground licorice root and a quarter teaspoon saffron to one cup of milk.
    • Apply this to your scalp and hair length and leave it on overnight.
    • The next morning, wash your hair.
    • Repeat this twice a week.
    3. Coconut Milk
    • Grate a medium-sized coconut and simmer it in a pan for five minutes.
    • Strain and cool.
    • Then add one tablespoon of each crushed black pepper and fenugreek seeds to the milk.
    • Apply on your scalp and hair.
    • After 20 minutes, rinse with a shampoo.
    4. Green Tea
    • Soak two-three teabags in one-two cups of hot water depending on the length of your hair.
    • When it cools, pour this over your scalp and hair, while gently massaging your head.
    • Rinse with cool water after an hour.
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