K18 Biomimetic Hairscience

K18 Treatment

Leave-in molecular repair hair mask

4-minute leave-in treatment to reverse damage

Hair like new. This leave-in mask heals and strengthens hair with lightweight moisturizing benefits to detangle and keep hair smooth and soft, without weighing it down. For best results, use for the first 4-6 consecutive washes following a service, and then every 3-4 washes as needed to maintain hair strength.


Biomimetic Hairscience

Essentially, biomimetics is taking inspiration from nature and its designs to model new technologies after them. In its truest sense, it is creating something man-made that imitates the structure and function of something natural. This of course can take many forms. In the beauty world, biomimetics usually means mimicking substances, structures, or biological functions found in nature and harnessing those properties to create a more effective ingredient or formula.


As hair cells emerge from the skin, they are exposed to oxygen and die while becoming packed tightly with filaments of the protein keratin. While those hair cells are dead, multiple chemical bonds continue forming and reforming, meaning every single strand of hair (dead or alive) is constantly changing, breaking, and reconnecting.

A single hair strand has 3 main layers: The cuticle, the cortex, and the medulla. Under a microscope, the outside layer of hair, the cuticle, looks like overlapping tiles on a roof. Healthy cuticles lay flat—they are porous and can absorb and retain moisture. Unhealthy cuticles do not lay flat—they allow moisture to enter and escape easily, causing frizz and dryness.


In the cortex, keratin strands will self-assemble into a coiled-coil (a helical shape that is formed by multiple protein chains). Those coiled-coils form bundles of intermediate fibers, which in turn interweave to form filaments and fibrils, that, in total, make up the hair fibers.


K18 the magic treatment

When hair gets damaged, the polypeptide chains (keratin chains) that make up the inner structure of hair strands break. These chains are responsible for hair strength and elasticity, so when they become weakened or disconnect, hair loses its resiliency—or the look and feel of healthy hair.

Traveling into the inner-most layers of hair to reach the core polypeptide chains (keratin chains), the K18Peptide™ is just the right size and molecular structure to fit in and reconnect these broken keratin chains and reconform any disulfide bonds. This reconnection is what renews hair for that like-new look and feel.

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