We’ve all heard of keratin treatments at the salon and have considered getting it after seeing some of those mind-blowing before and after snaps. While most of us know how tedious and time-consuming the salon visit is, how many of us know about the key ingredient in this treatment? Today we’re diving into the basics of keratin. We’re spilling all the beans of their importance and letting you know the best way to use it in your hair. PS- It’s by using a hair mask.
What is keratin?
Let’s get scientific for a minute and dig deep. Keratin is a type of protein that can be found on the surface of the skin, in epithelial cells. There are 54 types of keratin and different keratins are responsible for the growth and health of skin, hair, and nails. These are categorised as Type 1, Type 2, Alpha-Keratins and Beta-Keratins.
Type 1 keratins are smaller and more acidic and their main job is to help promote healthy epithelial cells. Type 2 are larger than Type 1 and have a more neutral pH and regulates cell activity. Both, Type 1 and 2 falls under Alpha-Keratin, which is a special type of keratin that is found only in humans and wool of mammals. And finally, coming to Beta-Keratins. These are categorised as polypeptide chains and are only found in reptiles and birds.
Keratin protein is a major component of the cortex, which is the interior layer of our hair strands. In layman's terms, this can be described as the root of a tree. If the roots are damaged or deprived of nutrition, the whole tree looks dry and lifeless. The appearance and health of your hair depend on the keratin present in your body at that given time. Though consumption of food rich in keratin is essential, topical usage of haircare infused with keratin can also vastly benefit your hair.
How to add keratin to your hair?
Keratin can be used in haircare with shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. Shampoos cleanse the scalp and help the goodness of keratin reach your hair through your scalp. Keratin makes its way in through the ends and cuticles with conditioners. And through hair masks, it gets the chance to thoroughly get absorbed in. Every product has its benefits, however, a hair mask is the best way to add a boost of keratin to your hair.
Benefits of keratin masks
Hair masks are an incredible addition to any hair care regimen. With the market swamped with hair masks for different concerns, everyone is bound to find their perfect match. Hair masks enriched with keratin are great for every hair type as they don’t just show immediate results but also provide long-term benefits.
Masks are usually applied right after shampooing. This gets rid of all the grime and allows the mask to deeply nourish the roots. And since the mask goes all over your hair, it moisturises and provides nutrition to every strand. Apart from that, masks also stay on your hair longer than shampoos and conditioners would, this allows the ingredients to work better on every strand of your hair. Whether you have dry or oily hair, you must include a hair mask in your routine and use it at least 1-2 times a week. Keratin hair masks repair and give you healthy hair, inside out.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a hair mask, our go-to is the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask. It provides moisture for up to 72 hours and keeps hair tamed, frizz-free, soft and smooth. Apart from strengthening your hair with keratin, this also adds a beautiful shine to every strand, thanks to the marula oil in the formula. Just one use will give you manageable and tangle-free hair for up to three days. This mask is magic in a jar and hair professionals vouch for it too! Regular use of this mask will give you longer, stronger and thicker hair.