9 Amazing Baobab Benefits for Hair, Skin, and Nails

You may have occasionally perked up at the word baobab on some of your favorite hair and skincare products, but did you ever wonder why it’s in those products? It’s worth taking a look at what this ingredient actually is and what it can do for you. Often referred to as the “tree of life,” the baobab tree is native to Africa, and the nickname certainly makes sense considering that a single tree can live for over 500 years. Part of its appeal is that the pulp of baobab fruit—extracted from baobab pods and then transformed into raw powder—has been a favorite ingredient in wellness and beauty treatments for millennia. See nine of our favorite baobab benefits to transform your hair, skin, and nails, along with a range of products that all boast the ingredient as one of its active properties.

Up next, read on to see our editors' favorite hair masks for dry hair, including picks formulated with baobab oil.