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K18 | What it is, How it works, What you can expect

What is this? Gordon Salon is working with a new product line? Yes, indeed! Gordon Salon is working with a company called K18 and I am going to tell you everything you need to know about the products and what they can do for your hair today.

Watch this video to get a quick snippet of info! (There are some flashing and bright lights so be wary if you are photosensitive!)

What is K18? The K18Peptide molecular repair service is a bioactive 2-step in-salon treatment infused with patented K18Peptide. K18 Peptide is the patented molecular breakthrough clinically proven to reverse hair damage (in just 4 minutes) from:

- Bleach + Color

- Chemical Services

- Heat

How does K18 technology work?When hair gets damaged, the polypeptide chains (keratin chains) that make up the inner structure of hair strands become weakened and break. For context, there are billions and billions of polypeptide chains (keratin chains) in a single strand of hair. When these are damaged, hair’s core structure responsible for elasticity and strength becomes compromised and as a result it loses its resiliency and shine—or the look and feel of healthy hair. After spending a decade in the lab scanning and testing all amino acid sequences across the entire keratin genome that makes up human hair searching for a breakthrough, we discovered one unique sequence (a bioactive peptide) that brings damaged hair back to its original, youthful state. This is our K18Peptide. Traveling deeper into the inner layers of hair than traditional repair products, our revolutionary peptide is just the right size and makeup to fit in and reconnect those broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains). And because the peptide is a bit of an overachiever, as a result of this reconnection, any disturbed disulfide bonds are also re-conformed. The peptideemploys biomimetics to get the job done. To put it simply: Biomimetics is the practice of learning from and mimicking nature. Mimicking the natural structure of keratin building blocks (amino acid sequences), K18 bioactive peptide is recognized as natural by the hair. It’s not washed away by water or shampoo like traditional bonding agents either, making K18 a genuine, lasting solution for damaged strands.

What does the treatment include?K18 Mist - K18 Professional Mist is a pre-service treatment that strengthens hair before a chemical service. The pH level of 7.5-8.0 shifts the cuticle layer to penetrate into hair’s cortex and hone in on damage sites. K18 Professional Mask is a post-service treatment that repairs damage caused during any salon service. With a pH level of 5.0-6.0, the mask helps to close the cuticle and seal in the peptide, with added lightweight conditioning benefits to keep hair smooth and soft.

Is K18 vegan and cruelty free? What about other harmful ingredients?Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Color-Safe, and Dermatologically Tested. Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Phthalates, Sodium Chloride, Artificial Colors, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Donors free.

When should I expect to see results? And will it wash out of the hair?You will start to see stronger, softer, healthier hair after just one use. K18 mimics the natural keratin building blocks in hair, so it’s recognized as natural instead of a facilitated bond and won’t wash out. The peptide’s strengthening and smoothing results are clinically proven to remain in hair, even after shampoo.”

If you are curious to learn more about K18, please visit their website here:

To schedule an appointment to get the k18 treatment at any of our locations, please call 847-266-7777 to speak to our front desk coordinators today! Cheers to keeping your hair healthy, shiny, and strong!

Lexa xoxo

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