We all know that hair can occasionally be challenging. Sometimes you throw your hair up into a ponytail because you think it’s just too difficult. Well, you’re right. Your hair is complicated and it has an equally complex structure. Before you give up on your hair, however, maybe you should take some time to get to know it on a deeper level. Yes, we are still talking about hair and not men.
The structure of the hair is an intricate layer of cells that come together to form a strand. While each layer is comprised of varying components, these layers can be broken down into three separate levels.
Cuticle: The cuticle is the outermost layer of your hair. This layer is made up of keratin. To understand its organization, think of this layer as scales on a reptile (or roof shingles) that overlap. These overlapping “scales” work to protect the lower layers from chemical decomposition. The cuticle is also the part of your hair that is noticeably damaged and split. colorpHlex effects the cuticle by chemically bonding to the damage sites of the keratin protein found in the cuticle, strengthening the cuticle and smoothing it by bonding it back into place.
Cortex: Located between the cuticle and the medulla, the cortex is the next layer of your hair. This layer consists of pigment granules, which are responsible for the color of your hair. When you color or bleach your hair, the cuticle is lifted up and artificial color is deposited into the cortex. colorphlex effects the cortex by reinforcing the keratin structure by chemically bonding to the damage sites and cross-linking to add strength and a more dense, compact structure that not only makes the hair appear healthier, shinier and silkier; it also helps the hair hold color and texture services longer.
Medulla: Finally, the medulla is the innermost layer of your hair. It is made up of cells that form a shaft in the middle of hair, which the cortex insulates. Fun fact, not everyone has the same amount of medulla in his or her hair. The amount of medulla in the hair differs in amount from person to person. So, you truly are unique down to every hair on your head.
So now you’re thinking: “Great, I now know the anatomy of my hair. So what?” Just like a boyfriend, your complex hair needs time, attention, and care in order to function properly. The cuticle, cortex, and medulla all come together to form your hair. And your hair, as with the rest of your body, consists of numerous bonds that keep your hair alive and healthy. At least, they try to.
Coloring your hair hurts these bonds. The cuticle layer is lifted each time we dye or bleach our hair. When this outer layer lifts, our weak cores and bonds are exposed. Though our hair is designed to have natural defense mechanisms, these bonds cannot defend themselves forever.
Calling in the reinforcements: In order to prevent further damage, treatments involving bond builders are designed to help restore defeated bonds in the cortex. Bond builders act as an additional defense mechanism inside each individual hair strand. colorpHlex, a bond-builder, targets these weak and broken bonds and repairs the damage. colorpHlex works to penetrate your hair during coloring or bleaching in order to reinforce and protect your strands. It will give your bonds an extra boost to stay healthy and prevent further breakage.
So don’t give up on your hair when the times are tough. All it needs is a little TLC— and a bond builder— and then you’ll remember why you love it so much. After all, boys may be temporary but you’ve got your hair for life.
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