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What is a bond builder and why do I need it?

Bonding technology is a revolutionary approach to protecting and preserving the integrity of hair, especially after it has been lightened or chemically treated. When hair is lightened, the process breaks down the protein structure, known as keratin, within the hair strands, resulting in weakened and fragile hair. This can lead to various issues such as dryness, brittleness, and increased susceptibility to damage.

Bonding technology, often referred to as bond builders or bond enhancers, works by reinforcing and rebuilding these weakened bonds in the hair. It typically involves the use of specially formulated products that contain ingredients designed to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen the broken protein bonds. These products usually work in two main ways:

Bond Multiplication: Bond builders contain active ingredients that help multiply and recreate the broken bonds in the hair. One of the most commonly used ingredients is a compound called bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate (commonly known as Olaplex), which is widely recognized for its effectiveness in bonding technology. This compound works by reconnecting the sulfur bonds that have been broken during the lightening process, helping to rebuild the hair's strength and integrity.

Bond Protection: In addition to rebuilding the broken bonds, bonding technology also helps protect the existing bonds within the hair. This protection is crucial because it prevents further damage and breakage, particularly during subsequent chemical treatments or heat styling. By creating a protective layer around the hair strands, bonding technology helps to maintain the hair's overall health and reduce the risk of further damage.

Redken's Acidic Bonding Concentrate bonding hair care is their most concentrated all-in-one formula for strength repair on all types of damaged hair. Featuring Citric Acid, their Acidic Bonding Concentrate contains a concentrated bonding care complex that reinforces weakened bonds within your hair to improve hair strength. Their ABC products are specifically formulated with an acidic pH to defend against the negative effects of hair coloring, heat styling tools, and even water.

Using bonding technology during and after the lightening process can significantly minimize the negative effects of chemical treatments. It helps to improve the hair's strength, elasticity, and overall condition. Additionally, hair that has been treated with bonding technology tends to retain moisture better, resulting in increased shine, manageability, and reduced frizz.

It's important to note that bonding technology is not a substitute for proper hair care practices. While it can provide substantial protection, it's still crucial to follow a hair care routine that includes gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and minimizing excessive heat styling to maintain the health and integrity of the hair.

We recommend consulting with your Salon 955 stylist to come up with a home care regimen that will compliment the bonder we use in-salon.