What is the difference between between K18 & “plex” products?

Most “plex” type products re-attach broken bonds using covalent crosslinkers, which are temporary. The effect is eventually washed away when the hair is exposed to water or a change in pH. K18 uses patented technology to actually regenerate disulfide bonds, locking the amino acids together as nature intended them, for permanent repair. The effects are clinically proven to not wash out, even after several shampoos.

Does K18 have UV protection?

No

Does K18 protect from heat?

No, but it repairs damage from heat styling.

Is K18 organic?

No, but it is vegan. 

When should I expect to see results?

You will start to see strengthening and smoothing results after the first use of K18.

Does K18 wash out of hair?

No, K18 is clinically proven to not wash out of hair, even after repeated shampoos.

Should I use K18 before my conditioner or conditioning masque?

On the days you’re using K18, use it instead of your conditioner or conditioning masque. For clients seeking extra hydration, you can apply your conditioner or masque after the 4-minute treatment. You do not need to rinse K18 out. 

Can I mix K18 with other styling products?

We do not recommend mixing K18 with other products, but you can layer styling products over K18 after the 4 minute processing time.

Can I use K18 on day 2 hair?

No, for best results use on towel-dried, damp hair after washing. 

Is K18 applied to dry or damp hair?

Always apply K18 to towel-dried, damp hair.

Can I use K18 every day?

K18 is designed to be used consecutively for 3-6 washes, and then every 3-4 washes to maintain your healthiest hair possible.

Can I overuse K18?

K18 is a concentrated treatment. To avoid overuse, we recommend using K18 consecutively for 4-6 washes, and then every 3-4 washes to maintain your healthiest hair.

Will K18 weigh my hair down?

No, the formula is lightweight and works on the inside of the hair so hair is left feeling clean and light. 

Who is K18 for?

Anyone looking for stronger, healthier hair. 

What happens if I apply styling products before the 4 minutes after applying K18?

Applying styling products before the 4 minute processing time will diminish the efficacy of K18.  

Why do you use K18 Masque on towel dried hair?

K18PeptideTM is not able to regenerate bonds in the presence of too much water inside the cortex. However, the hair needs to be slightly damp to help with penetration of the product into the hair.  

Why do you skip conditioner?

Conditioner formulas use silicones and conditioning agents that form heavy coatings on the hair which would prevent K18PeptideTM from penetrating to the broken bonds within the cortex. K18 is most effective on clean, towel-dried hair. 

Why do you need to leave K18 Masque in?

K18 is more effective when left-in. The formula is lightweight and works on the inside of the hair, so the hair is left feeling clean and light, even without rinsing it out 

How does K18 work?

K18 utilizes a breakthrough patented oligopeptide (K18PeptideTM) which shuttles amino acids (the building blocks of hair) into the inner structure of the hair. Once inside the hair cortex, the unique amino-acid chain goes directly to the broken disulfide bonds to replace the lost amino acids, regenerating the bond permanently and restoring ultimate strength, resilience and softness.

What is Masque’s pH?

Masque: 5.0-6.0 

 

How much K18 Masque should I use?

The amount of Masque needed will vary depending on hair type, thickness, and condition. Refer to the chart below as a guide.  

 

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Are the products Keratin Treatment safe?

We did not design K18 products to be used as part of a keratin service. But, they are great to use after a keratin service. You can start using K18 after your first shampoo at home.

Is K18 Peptide a replacement for a conditioner?

K18’s primary goal is to regenerate broken bonds in order to rebuild and restore strength and elasticity to your hair. Any detangling or conditions benefits are a bonus. As long as you leave Masque in for 4 minutes, you can add a leave in conditioner if desired. Most people find they get all of the conditioning they need from using K18 Masque without conditioner. 

Why do you use the product on towel dried hair?

K18Peptide is not able to correctly attach bonds in the presence of too much water inside the cortex. However, the hair needs to be slightly damp to help with the penetration of the product into the cortex. 

Can I use styling products with K18?

You can layer styling products on top of K18 Masque after the 4 minute processing time. 

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