Indian hair used to be renowned across the world for its deep black colour, thickness and high elasticity. Indian hair recovered from temples would find their way to wig-makers and hair stylists across Europe and U.S as high quality hair that could then be fashioned into wigs, extensions and natural add-ons for hair volume.
Please note the use of the past tense in this statement - Indian hair is shortly losing its allure across the world as our hair is getting progressively damaged. The last 20 years has played havoc on Indian hair as we have proceeded to colour, perm, straighten, blow dry and heat damage our hair.
The normal structure of hair:
Hair is mainly made up of a protein called keratin (the same compound your nails are made up of). The keratin proteins contain a natural amino acid called cysteine which contains sulphur atoms. Each strand of hair is formed by a natural “bridge” where the sulphur atom of 1 cysteine particle is bonded to the sulphur atom of the next cysteine particle. This bond is called the “di sulphide bond” and it is this series of Di sulphide bonds throughout hair that give it its shape, strength , elasticity and texture.
Keratin, because of the disulphide bonds, is extremely strong. A healthy hair strand does not break with twisting, pulling, rubbing or even applying a hammer force to hair. It is this very strength of the di sulphide bonds that stands in your way when you want to alter the texture of your hair.
How chemical colouring, ironing, straightening and perming damages hair:
Using a Flat iron to temporarily straighten hair : This subjects your hair to a temperature of 300 - 500 deg F to break the disulphide bonds and allow the hair to take a new texture. If you do this repeatedly, your hair loses its structural integrity and strength.
Permanently straightening or perming your hair : Strong alkaline solutions (pH of 13+) like Lye, Guanidine hydroxide and Ammonium thioglycolate are applied to hair. These chemical compounds break the disulphide bonds even more efficiently compared to heat. In fact these solutions are so efficient at breaking the hair bonds, that if hair is allowed to stay a little longer, it will dissolve its structure permanently and cause it to break and fall off. Again, this plays havoc with your hair's structural integrity. The hair will get rough, break more easily and will lose its natural health
Cysteine hair "smoothening" treatment : Carbocysteine is a manufactured chemical compound. It is not the same as cysteine, the amino acid that is a natural part of your hair. By shortening S-carboxymethyl-1-cysteine to “Cysteine” a company is attempting to defraud you into believing that they are putting the same amino acid that is naturally found in your hair into this chemical treatment. Carbocysteine works in a similar fashion as regular hair straighters do. This compound alters hair pH and breaks the disulphide bonds. High heat is then used to iron the hair and pull it into the desired shape. Glycoxylic acid is then applied to neutralize carbocysteine and then rinsed off to leave the hair in a new shape.
This treatment is now re-branded and sold as a “deep hydration”, “shielding”, “deep conditioning” and “deep repair” treatment, when in fact it should be logically called a “deep damaging system”.
Hair colouring using chemical colours : Repeated synthetic hair colouring can permanently alter the texture and health of your hair. Severely chemically treated hair becomes extremely porous because of multiple injuries to the hair cuticle. Chemically damaged hair also contains a layer of toxins on the scalp as this kind of hair is regularly coated with synthetic conditioners and treatments to artificially smoothen it and “condition” it externally.
Chemically damaged hair also contains a layer of toxins on the scalp as this kind of hair is regularly coated with synthetic conditioners and treatments to artificially smoothen it and “condition” it externally.
Because of the permanent nature of the damage wrought by chemical treatments, we have to ensure that the existing hair is conditioned and boosted with moisture so that it is more manageable and new growth is stimulated with better nourishment being given to new hair growth to ensure the hair is stronger. The regenerative capacity of hair of course depends upon the body’s state of health and the food being eaten.
The Krya Damage Repair hair products are designed to detoxify the scalp, boost the hair's moisture, repair the damaged cuticular structure of hair and ensure that new hair growth happens with stronger, deeper rooted hair. The products comprise of an oil, a mask and a hairwash . In all cases of damaged hair, we recomend using all 3 products for better results. For details on each of these 3 products, the herbs used in them and how they should be used, please visit the individual product pages.