Keratin, What is it, and how does it really relate to my Hair?
Have you ever taken the time to really understand what keratin is and how does it relate to our hair? Anytime we search for products or treatments for hair we won’t get very far before we see an advertisement with keratin involved in it. Some if not most of us get mesmerized when we see the word “keratin” in any of the hair products we regularly purchase to maintain our hair. So let’s delve into what exactly keratin is and what it does for our hair.
A string of amino acids compose to make a fibrous protein called keratin. It is a key component to a humans hair, skin, and nails. It has watertight properties making it very useful in protecting our internals, providing an outer layer of tough weatherproof protection in our bodies. Keratin is the key ingredient to hair as it is the main building block of hair.
Why do I need a keratin treatment?
Over time hair strands composed of scaly keratin cells become frayed. If you multiply this by the over 100,000 hair strands in a typical head you end up with a frizzy bulk of hair. Getting a keratin treatment tightens the scales back to the center of the hair strand making it easier to manage your hair, and it also gives the silky smooth feeling everyone looks for. These treatments last 3-4 months and can cost upwards of $300. If you are interested in getting a treatment do plenty of research in the salon you are going to. Stay away from any products that may have: methylene glycol, formalin, methylene oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanal, oxomethane, oxymethylene, or CAS Number 50-00-0. There are also chemicals, such as timonacic acid (also called thiazolidinecarboxylic acid) that can release formaldehyde under certain conditions.
Unfortunately there isn’t a keratin treatment that is free from chemicals. However formaldehyde free solutions are available using organic products. So we at HCI Hair Solutions use minimal chemical exposure with our products that we use in our treatments.