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How Does Keratin Benefit Your Hair?

January 31, 2019

There are constantly new trends coming up in the world of hair care, and whether you work at a salon or are interested in hair care as a hobby, it’s important to stay abreast of these issues so you can keep your hair looking great for many years to come. One such trend you may have noticed in recent years is a surge in products that have “keratin” prominently listed on the label or packaging. You may also have had a stylist at your hair salon in Branford, CT recommend keratin treatments to you. But what is keratin, and why is it so beneficial for your hair?

Keratin is a category of structural proteins that naturally occur in the hair, skin and nails. These proteins are the basic building blocks for these locations in your body, and when those areas are damaged, they serve as repair assistants. When you see blisters or calluses forming or have dandruff coming from your hair, this is a result of keratin at work, going to protect your body against damage in these areas.

Keratin can make up anywhere from 65 to 95 percent of your hair, both as the exterior protection of the cuticle and the inner structure of the cortex. But just as these keratins can be healing proteins, they can also be destroyed if you do not properly care for your hair. When you use low-quality water, chemical-based products, an excessive amount of heat or improper hair care techniques, you open yourself up to some major damage.

This is where keratin treatment comes in—it helps you replenish keratin in the hair you might have lost due to these types of improper hair care practices in the past.

Keratin hair treatments

With all of this in mind, what are the benefits of these keratin treatments? Let’s take a look:

  • Improved strength:
    Keratin treatments help restore those basic building blocks in the hair, ensuring better elasticity and strength. Hair that has a lack of keratin is more prone to brittleness and breakage. More keratin means a greater ability to hold up to heated styling tools and general wear and tear.
  • Better appearance:
    More keratin in the hair means you’ll have hair that is shinier and appears to have been moisturized. Hair that holds in moisture is less likely to sustain damage during styling. Split ends tend to be a problem with hair that is overly dry and lacks keratin.
  • UV protection:
    Keratin helps block some of the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sun exposure is generally overlooked with regard to haircare, but constant exposure to the sun can indeed result in some damage to your hair, so it’s important to do what you can to protect your hair from those UV rays.

These are just a few examples of some of the greatest benefits of keratin treatments. For more information about keratin and about today’s natural hair care methods, contact our hair salon in Branford, CT today. We look forward to assisting you!

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