How to protect and repair these bonds?
the hair shaft is made of 95% keratin which is fibrosis and helical protein. Helical (in the help and shape) is the same thing your skin and nails are made of. We always talk about if rather or not hair is weak wet or dry.
As you break down the structure of the human body haircare becomes very easy. Keratin goes through a process. Synthesized by Keratinocytes, Keratin is insoluble in water, Which means protecting and waterproofing the hair is important.
Synthesis: Composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.
Keratinocytes: Most typical type of skin cell making the element of the epidermis.
Insoluble: Will not dissolve when combined with water.
Molecules make proteins. So let's talk about the bonds and molecules that make the protein keratin that is your hair shaft. The hair shaft is constructed of three bonds.
Hydrogen Bond: Temporary bond that can be reset instantly with water. The water only breaks the older bonds in your hair when you wet it as they form new ones. This bond is responsible for the hair's elasticity allowing the hair to change its shape temporarily.
Salt Bond: Temporary bonds that form between proteins in your hair. Damaged by the sudden change in ph
Disulfide Bond: These are permanent bonds. disulfide bonds stand for 2 sulfur bonds. The more sulfur-to-sulfur linkages the curlier the hair is. This is the bond responsible for your curl pattern as well as the size of the follicle genetically. The bonds also determine the strength of the hair shaft.
Damage Causes: Hydrogen bond: Hydral fatigue(moisture overload). Leaving hair wet. Product built within the hair shaft. Sleeping in conditioner/ layering products during heat styling.
Salt bond: High acid product/ homemade non-ph balanced products and remedies.
Disulfide bond: Chemical damage (over-processing)- Heat damage- Mechanical damage, color, relaxers, perms, lightening, hot tools, wet de-tangling, air drying before styling.
Things to do to fix the problem:
Learn your scalps profile, set a new routing based on your lifestyle, find one product line that fits your repair needs and one for styling needs. Set a maintenance routine and stick to it.
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Once the disulfide bond is broken it can not be rebuilt. That's because it keeps the hair shaft in tact and strong. A healthy routine ensures healthy bonds that are not repeatedly broken the wrong way. It is imperative that you have a pattern and routine set for breaking and setting the bonds. This is why I don't recommend dry hair products or the use of herb and curl ph levels that are not safe for everyone. To lean more about setting a healthy pattern join my 7-Day challenge today!
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