Best hair repair treatments
A healthy hair It will always be in style, but every year there is a new way to improve the look and feel of your hair. The hair repair treatments bond repair, they are in 2023, the best way to get stronger and healthier hair.
To understand what exactly hair bond repair is, let’s go back to the basics. According to Ron McLaughlin, Living Proof’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development, there are three types of bonds in hair—hydrogen, ionic, and covalent—that come together to provide hair’s structural strength, elasticity, and shine.
“When hair is exposed to chemical services, dyes, pollution, and heat styling, these bonds can break, reducing the integrity of the hair,” explains the expert, sharing that, as the name suggests, the bond repair treatments they work to restore those broken bonds by penetrating the hair fibers.
Bond Repair treatments to consider:
- K18 Molecular Repair Leave-In Hair Mask, $75.
- The weekly leave-in treatment: Living Proof Triple Bond Complex, $45.
- Breakage prevention: Bumble and bumble Bond-Building Repair, $35.
- The After-Shower Spray: The Inkey List PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment, $14.
- The iconic product: Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil, $30.
- The color saver: Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In, $32.
- Lanoche: IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask, $34.
- The Botanical Shaper: Aveda Botanical Repair Bond-Building Styling Creme, $36.
- The hair serum: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair 3-in-1, $38.
- The Intensive Hydration: Amika The Kure Intense Bond Repair Hair Mask, $40.
- The strengthening shampoo: Ranavat Regenerative Veda, $48.
The difference between the link repair and other solutions on the market is that the first one focuses on actually rebuilding the broken links instead of masking the problem. ‘The goal of link building is to reestablish the structural integrity of the hair and the lost strength caused by exposure to harmful services,’ he says, resulting in a stronger and healthier hair.
This restorative technology is still relatively new, though McLaughlin notes that consumers have long sought solutions to repair damage caused by coloring and chemical products.
In an interview for Vogue, she cited a 2021 Mintel report: “At-home bonding products have become more common and consumers have become more comfortable doing their own hair activities since the pandemic began.” It was at that time when the solutions from Olaplex, K18 and others became a trend. But is it just a fad? According to Shab Caspara, a New York-based trichologist and founder of multi-brand hair care platform Leona, she adds no. ‘[La reparación de enlaces] has come to stay. It’s state of the art,’ he adds.
Those wishing to incorporate it into their regimen should follow the product instructions. You must not abuse them restorative treatments: ‘Don’t use them too often as they can overload your hair with protein and leave it dry, dull, limp and lifeless,’ explains Caspara.
“This can happen in each case, so I recommend being aware of the state of your own hair and using it accordingly,” adds Caspara, who adds: “For any doubt or question, always consult your trusted hair or scalp specialist . That being said, the results tend to be seen quite quickly: hair elasticity (its ability to stretch and recover) is increased, shine is restored, and hair feels softer. Results will continue to improve over time, but I suggest decreasing the frequency of use once hair returns to normal to avoid protein overload,’ she states.
Below, we present the best restorative treatments that you can incorporate into your routine:
Living Proof Triple Bond Complex
For McLaughlin, the Living Proof formula is suitable for all hair types and levels of damage: ‘It is the first hair strengthening treatment that creates a three-dimensional network in the capillary cortex that improves the strength and elasticity of the hair and leaves it as new,’ he explains. ‘Creates the three types of bonds found in hair and provides immediate repair and long-lasting protection against future damage. It works for all hair types and damage levels.’
Inkey List Bond Repair PCA Hair Treatment
‘I would suggest using a bond repair product to safely repair and add back lost protein, such as [The Inkey List’s PCA Bond Repair]’, says Caspara. “This after shower spray has the ability to repair broken bonds caused by chlorine and even bleaching of hair.”
Olaplex fixing oil no. 7
Olaplex No. 7 has garnered quite a cult following, particularly for those obsessed with its results on social media. Addison Rae and Peyton List unveiled the oil on their Beauty Secrets episodes, Vogue editorial and production coordinator Irene Kim also mentioned it as one of her signature hair care products, and the hashtag #olaplexbondingoil has garnered almost 18 million views on TikTok to date. With just a few drops, the oil improves shine, vibrancy and softness.
Molecular repair hair mask without rinsing Biomimetic Hairscience K18
Give K18 Leave-In Hair Mask just four minutes to clinically reverse the effects of hair damage. Suitable for all hair types, the leave-in treatment targets broken bonds in the hair’s innermost layer to address signs of damage caused by bleaching, chemicals, color and heat.
Amika The Kure Intense Bond Repair Hair Mask
Amika’s mask combines intense hydration with deep strengthening thanks to its joint repair technology, vegetable shortenings and fatty acid-rich sea buckthorn. Apply it from the roots to the split endsleave it on for ten minutes and rinse it to improve the manageability and general appearance of the hair.
Bumble and Bumble Bond-Building Repair Treatment
Split ends, frizz, heat damage, and dullness don’t stand a chance against this treatment from Bumble and Bumble. Its goal is to prevent breakage thanks to the brand’s honey repair complex, wildflower honey, and honey ferment to improve elasticity.
Aveda Botanical Repair Cream
A restorative treatment that also doubles as a styling cream? Yes please. Aveda’s 100% vegan elixir is enriched with a repair plant molecule, a green macroblend and a plant complex to smooth cuticles and reinforce hair integrity with a flexible hold.
Ranavat Regenerative Veda Bond Repair Shampoo
Perhaps your routine calls for a shampoo that incorporates bond repair. If this is your case, consider Ranavat’s formula. With a blend of amla, ashwagandha, pink lotus and hibiscus flower, this shampoo supports hair bonds and scalp health.
Antisocial Night Mask for Dry Hair IGK
Take advantage of your restful sleep to reinforce your nightly hair routine, incorporating the IGK hair mask. Thanks to bond-building technology and vegan silk proteins, this vegan treatment promises to soften, smooth and repair.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Serum Sealer 3 in 1
This Alterna Caviar serum has a triple approach to hair care: repairs, protects and seals. Designed for damaged and aging hair, it includes a blend of amino acids and lipids and caviar bond-strengthening technology to reduce breakage and split ends for visibly smoother hair.
Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate leave-in conditioner for damaged hair
Think of Redken’s Repair Treatment as the LBD in your hair care arsenal—it’s good for any occasion. This leave-in treatment contains citric acid and a concentrated complex to strengthen weak bonds, hydrate, soften, protect against heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and prevent color fading.
Article originally published in Vogue US, vogue.com.