A Look at Hair Loss Solutions Part 3: Keratin Hair Fibers
In this series on hair loss solution options, we have already talked about some medical treatments, as well as cosmetic hair loss concealer applications. In this 3rd post, it’s time to start talking hair fibers by first looking at one of the options available - a product that is often referred to as keratin fibers.
What are keratin hair fibers?
Is the word keratin unknown or unfamiliar to you?
Here’s the official definition of this word courtesy of Google:
noun: keratin; plural noun: keratins
a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hoofs, claws, horns, etc.
So in other words, when you see keratin fibers, you’re looking at a product that uses animal based fibers. More often than not, they are made of wool. There are plenty of solutions on the market.
They work in a very similar way to Forila fibers. You sprinkle them onto thinning areas to mask hair loss.
Some things to consider:
- Keratin fibers are often made with harsh synthetic dyes. If you’re looking for all natural products and ingredients, they generally won’t fit the bill.
- Artificial dyes often result in color hues that don’t look very natural. It is also very hard to dye wool, so it must be heavily treated (think bleach) before it can be colored. It is a highly unnatural process.
- Their use can lead to allergic reactions, such as an itchy scalp or rashes. If you have a very sensitive scalp, you may experience some adverse reactions.
- Keratin fibers tend to fall out easily and don’t stay firmly in place (we get into the science of this a little more below).
- They don’t actually work to make your hair thicker. They often just end up resting on your scalp.
- Application is pretty straightforward. Shake the fibers over your head to fill in the thinning areas. Since there is no natural attraction between them and your natural hair, getting them to stay put can be a little more challenging.
- Costs for keratin hair fibers are comparable to other types of hair fiber solutions and are a well-priced option for concealing hair loss.
Let’s talk a little science…
As we talk about in the here, there is a science behind hair fibers, based on the scientific principle of attraction - likeness repels and opposites attract.
When it comes to hair, we’re all familiar with this effect. Since similar charges repel, hair strands will push each other away, especially if the hair is very dry. This is called "flyaway" hair. The static electricity makes your hair stand straight out from your head.
Take a look at this chart to get a better understanding. You can see that human hair and wool are both positively charged. They repel each other, just like "flyaway" hair. This is precisely why wool-based or other animal fur-based hair fibers won't stay in place and easily fall out. There is no bond between them and your natural hair. Animal hair and human hair is not different enough. Rain, wind, sweat, or even just resting your head on a pillow? Out fall the fibers.
So what’s the alternative to animal based keratin fibers? In the next post of our series, we are going to talk about plant based hair fibers such as Forila.
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