Keratin – Friend or Foe?

We’ve discussed the benefits of using Keratin before, but today we’re going to discover if keratin is really the hair saviour it is touted as.

Keratin is a protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails. It keeps things strong and waterproof. When your hair gets damaged from too much hair coloring, heat styling or chemical processing, you’re losing keratin. Keratin bonds can be worn down, causing gaps in the cuticle which leads to weak, frizzy, dry hair that tangles easily.

Thankfully, lots of products today actually contain keratin to replace what’s been lost. Using products with keratin will fill in the missing gaps, leaving your strands feeling smoother and looking shinier.

But what happens when your hair gets too much keratin? Don’t shoot the messenger, but it turns out that you can have too much of a good thing. Too much keratin can overload your hair, making it feel hard and brittle, and possibly even leading to more breakage. Before you go throw out all of your hair products, we should probably tell you that there is a way to have your keratin cake and eat it, too.

The key to getting the most out of keratin is balance. Keratin does an amazing job of making your hair stronger and harder, so to keep your hair from getting too hard and becoming brittle you need to make sure that you balance out the keratin protein with plenty of moisture. This will keep your strands soft, hydrated and supple. Moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, argan oil and almond oil are fantastic for keeping hair soft and manageable.

So how do you strike the right balance, you say?

If your hair is severely damaged, focus on repairing it with a mask like Braziliss Express Luminosity Keratin Hair. Then follow that up with a leave-in conditioner like Dr.Hauschka Neem Hair Lotion to leave your hair soft and frizz-free.

If your hair that just needs a little TLC, try a light, moisturizing conditioner like SACHAJUAN Conditioner and spritz a little Braziliss Reviving Luminosity Spray Conditioner for a lightweight, protective layer. Remember, the key is keeping things balanced!

 

– Aseya Atiq

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