Bond building hair treatments are widely known in the beauty world as the answer to treating damaged, over-heat-styled, over-chemically-processed hair. A protein-rich bond builder works to repair hair that’s been majorly devastated by bleach or excessive heat-styling by linking broken protein bonds in the hair both during and after chemical services to make your hair stronger. And chances are, if you’ve ever highlighted your hair or used a flat iron, you could probably use a protein bond-building hair treatment.
Bond builders are especially essential if you plan on lightening up your locks again without doing even more harm. Over-bleaching can lead to spongy, rubber-band like locks that are extra-prone to breakage and straight-up falling off. In fact, colorists often use bond builders as a bleach or lightener additive in order to prevent damage. Bond builders make your hair shiny and manageable, repairing each strand from the inside out.
Bond builders are superstar strand savers but what exactly do they do?
Let's break it down to science. Your hair is made mostly of a protein called keratin. Inside keratin are copies of the amino acid, cysteine. Cysteine bonds with other cysteine copies forming disulphide bonds. These tiny bonds are what hold the protein together and give it strength. This is the most important bond in human hair as it accounts for as much as 90% of your hair’s overall strength and toughness. However, it is easily broken when a substance of a pH of 5.5 or greater is applied.
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During the perming, coloring, bleaching, and straightening processes, the chemicals break down the disulfide bonds and harden them into a new shape, resulting in what we call hair damage.
Bond building hair treatments work to not only reconnect those bonds, so your hair is physically stronger, but create a glossy, healthy-looking seal over the hair protecting it from future damage from hot tools or root touch-ups.
The Nourishing family from the Naturaltech line is a reparative three-step system designed to be used as a treatment for damaged hair.
Infused with both a bond-rebuilding Hair Protective Booster to repair structural damage and restore the disulfide bonds that often get damaged, fragmented, or shattered when over heat-styling or bleaching the hair; and vegetal keratin to keep strands shiny and soft.
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The Nourishing family helps deliver moisture and protein to super porous strands that are resistant to absorbing nutrients, and therefore prone to further breakage. The Nourishing family is an in salon and at home system, with unique paths designed for both fine hair and coarse hair.If constant hair lightening and heat styling has wrecked havoc on your hair, a bond building hair treatment will restore your hair’s integrity and ensure that you’re delivering the proper balance of moisture and protein. If you’re suffering from major breakage, a bond builder is the best treatment for your damaged hair.
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor
cover photo by Davines North America