Finally, last but definitely not least, step 8 includes hair strengthening treatments like Olaplex or protein-based hair treatments. When we color, heat style, roughly brush, or use other chemicals on our hair, we cause damage. There are two important facts about our hair that you must know. Hair is made up of 80% protein. When we color or bleach our hair, we break down that protein.
Second, our hair is made up of disulfide bonds (little couples) that give our hair its strength. Strength to hold hair styles, absorb conditioners, hold color, have shine, etc. When we damage our hair through styling with hot tools, hair color or bleach etc, those bonds break up. This leads to hair breakage, high hair porosity, flat hair color, and many other issues.
Strengthening hair treatments, like Olaplex 3
, help those bonds get back together. Protein rich treatments, which should be used sparingly, help return the protein in the hair that has been lost. Neither approach the issue of moisture or provide nutrients. They are specifically for returning your hair’s strength. Hence, the need for both treatments in your 8-step hair care routine.
These 8 steps may seem like alot, but once you implement your routine, it will become second nature. Remember, like everything else in life, it takes a little bit of effort and intention to achieve the goals we want and that includes hair goals. Good luck!