Bond repair, bond maintenance, or bond-building- you’ve undoubtedly heard these terms floating around in your salon or have been recommended by your hairstylist. “Madam, Olaplex kara lijiye.” Yup, it’s the same thing.
There are a lot of hair care products that come under the umbrella of bond repair or bond-building products and until recent years, only a select clientele had access to this ultra-reparative treatment but now, anyone and everyone can buy products to repair their hair bonds at home.
But, what are these said products and what do they do? Let’s find out!
Our hair is naturally made of a bunch of chemical bonds that are somewhat responsible for our hair’s health. Bond-repair products are an exclusive line of hair essentials that are meant to fix those damaged chemical bonds and maintain our hair’s good health by using similar chemistry.
These bond builders are created to target three different types of chemical bonds, that exist in our hair naturally.
Disulfide: It stabilises the hair protein chain as it’s the strongest of them all. It also constitutes the overall health of our mane and helps improve its elasticity.
Hydrogen Bonds: They are responsible for our hair’s resistance to external elements, such as sunlight, pollution, and even water.
Salt Bonds: Like the other two bonds, salt bonds also help contribute to maintaining healthy hair. They are the weakest of the three and break down when the hair is too acidic or alkaline.
This ‘bond building’ category of products can include shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, masks, and even a few styling creams.
Everyone has a different type of hair, meaning that these bond builders need to be carefully chosen from user to user. Since there is a specific range of shampoos, conditioners, etc. please ensure that your hair product always contains amino acids; the ultimate building blocks of proteins.
Amino acids work similarly to keratin (but you already knew that, didn’t you?) and other popular protein treatments that help strengthen our mane with ingredients that are already present! The only difference is that they go into much deeper layers (like the cuticle) to do some extra repairing work.
Ask your hairstylist this question and you’ll get a resounding yes from them! Hair bond repair products are excellent for the hair, especially if you are constantly styling your hair using heating appliances, tying it tightly, or have gotten it dyed on more than one occasion.
Every hair bond product works differently for everyone and the best way to go about it consult your hairstylist as they know your hair better than anyone.
Here are some of the best hair bond preparing products in the market. Grab ’em all!
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