The cactus plant usually gets a bad rep. It grows in the desert and because of this prickly thorns many simply shy away from it or considers them to be a nuisance. However, it's prickly thorns are just a defense mechanism to steer people/animals away from it's stem where it stores all of it's beneficial goodness. The gel inside of the prickly pear cactus mixed with a little water makes and excellent hair mask that rejuvenate and nourish heat damaged hair. The same nutrients that allow the prickly pear cactus to thrive in the scorching sun helps to rejuvenate heat-damaged hair. Instantly your hair will feel glossy, shiny, lush, silky soft and hydrated. It's like a shampoo and conditioner all in one. Rinse thoroughly!