Why Everyone Needs Bond-Building Haircare
If you’ve ever had dry, dyed, or weakened hair, you know how many products there are on the market claiming to help reverse any damage you’re experiencing. While they may help your hair look better, they may not actually get to the root (no pun intended) cause of the problem—which is why bond-building haircare is the best way to go.
Read on below to learn more about why bond-building products are the actual holy grail solution to your damaged hair nightmare!
WHAT IS A BOND-BUILDING PRODUCT?
A bond-builder is a protein-rich formula designed to repair damaged, over-processed hair from bleach or excessive heat styling. Popular and widely recommended brands of bond-building haircare include Olaplex, K19, Goldwell, and Amika. Their formulas are each patented, but at the root of each formula is the presence of amino acids—the ingredients responsible for the keratin bond.
Instead of simply coating your strands with moisture like most products, bond-building products help repair disulfide bonds or polypeptide chains inside the hair that are broken due to coloring, straightening, or from thermal abuse. In other words, it helps to build up damaged, broken hair bonds from the inside out.
These bonding molecules can be found in hair oils, leave-in products, and shampoos and conditioners. Some of our favorites include:
OLAPLEX NO.0 INTENSIVE BOND BUILDING HAIR TREATMENT
OLAPLEX NO.4 BOND MAINTENANCE SHAMPOO
AMIKA THE KURE BOND REPAIR SHAMPOO
ALTERNA RESTRUCTURING BOND REPAIR CONDITIONER
GOLDWELL BOND PRO DAY & NIGHT BOND BOOSTER
WHO CAN USE BOND-BUILDING HAIRCARE?
Bond builder products help strengthen the chemical makeup of your hair, making it less prone to breakage (read: thicker) and adding shine.
This means that they are ideal for damaged hair, regardless of texture or type. However, you don’t have to have colored or dyed hair to use such products—“virgin” hair can still benefit from the extra strength, especially after lots of wind, styling, or sun damage.
HOW TO INCORPORATE BOND-BUILDING HAIRCARE INTO YOUR ROUTINE
No need to make it complicated: you can incorporate bond-building products into your routine by simply swapping out your regular shampoos, conditioners, or treatments with a bond-builder. Depending on your level of damage, it isn’t necessarily obligatory for you to swap out each of your products.
In fact, unless your hair is severely damaged (read: fried off), it’s important not to use too many bond-builders at once. This could cause an overload of protein on the hair, therefore weighing it down and resulting in potential breakage.
Until next time, you can check out our selection of bond-building professional haircare right here!
The BSE Team