Opinions needed on reconstructor productsPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Since today I was in the hair shop I looked for some cheap alternative to Joico k-pak reconstructors. I found this brand (italian) and thought of asking an opinion on the ingredients. I know joico states they use human hydrolized keratine. In another mask I have there is keratine without the word "hydrolized". These new products I found say hydrolized. It seems my hair can't stand keratine but was wondering if the difference could be in that "hidrolized" word that I don't know what could mean! Thanks in advance!
Well, there would not be much point in adding non hydrolized keratin to your hair as much as I understand. Non hydrolized keratin is a stringy rubbery mess of huge protein molecules and hydrolizing is a chemical process to cut them in smaller fragments that are small enough to be dispersed in product and attach to your hair in the end.
I think it's just wording difference, but proteins in hair products are a pretty complicated matter really....
Thanks still_larva, that makes a bit of sense (i'm an ignorant in these matters). My hair can't stand keratine they become stiff and hard but maybe because there is the wrong form keratine in those.
I wonder if differences between different brands would be in how big or little ''pieces'' is the keratin ''split'', as you can hydrolize with different chemical processes and the end results will be different chemically, but I'm just speaking from a purely theoretical point of view and rather limited biochem knowledge (I fell asleep in lvl 2 biochem a lot and never took the exam)
Also, I wonder where do they even obtain human parts to make human hydrolized protein, I guess they harvest human hair somewhere. (Other options are way too creepy)
Don't ask about human parts LOL if you read my other thread I used human placenta.. creepy indeed. I guess a lot of these ingredients are not what they claim to be, I'm at a loss, a full cabinet of products and can't find one that really helps my hair. I wasn't even aware of hydrolization!
My mom was rewieving a paper one of her cosmetology school students was writing about placenta treatments and looking a few things up herself to cross check, and apparently, if it says just ''placenta'' it's sheep placenta, and if it says ''human placenta'' at least on EU market it means that cells from raw placenta are cultivated in tissue culture to bulk them up and after that an extract is obtained and also all the human hormones are removed from that, as in EU you can only sell human hormone containing preparations as perscription medicine. So it's nothing like popping a bucket of placentas in a juicer and adding the resulting fluid to your hair treatment. (Sorry for bad mental image)
LOL that's a relief, many thanks! yes it says no hormones in it. But still, no great result!
by megedenPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
If you want something natural you should try unrefined virgin coconut oil, its magical on hair.
I have it even if it's not unrefined (couldn't find it here). But it seems it makes no difference. I have to use oils more often and see if things get better.
by shiziaPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Coconut oil is really good. You can also mix different oils together, such as macadamia oil, argan oil etc.
The funny thing is that when I use these professional hair treatments that usually cost a lot of money, they don't do much to my hair. But, when I use natural oils, my hair feels healthier.
I can also recommend Sesa oil, which is great for reconstruction, promoting hair growth and preventing hair from falling out. My cousin is a hairdresser and she recommends this product to her clients :) Other alternative is Dabur Amla oil. They can be both found on ebay or amazon :)
Thanks @shizia, these products are not costly, both are € 4, more or less. But since I have two bottles of coconut oil I'd like to start again from scratch, one thing at a time, and see what helps me and what not.
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