WHAT ARE THEY?
Silk Amino Acids (A.K.A SAA's or Liquid Silk) are a staple additive in many of Terrene Fusions’ hair products. They are derived from one of the softest fabrics in the world- silk. The amino acids are extracted from proteins in the silk worms’ cocoon. These proteins are extracted after the silkworm has completed metamorphosis (which is when the worm turns into a moth and leaves its cocoon). This keeps the worms/moths alive while we get the benefits of the silk proteins from their cocoons.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The low molecular weight of silk amino acids allows them to easily penetrate the outer layers of our hair. These amino acids bind to damaged sections of our hair’s cuticle and form a protective layer. It easily binds to our hair’s cuticle so effortlessly because our hair is already made of amino acids. How would you retouch a wall with chipped paint? Paint over the chipped spots with the same, or a similar paint color. Then you’re left with a wall that looks crisp and new. In a way, that’s what silk aminos do for your hair. We are left with hair that is softer, less frizzy, easier to style and noticeably shinier with continued use. These benefits are why silk amino acids are so popular in the ingredient lists ofproducts used for hair smoothing treatments, like silk presses. You’ll often find them in Terrene Fusions' shampoos, conditioners, leave in conditioners and hair creams.
WHEN TO USE
Silk amino acids are gentle proteins, so it’s safe to use products with them regularly. Just be cautious if you are protein sensitive; other stronger proteins may be in your products and cause a protein overload. It is especially beneficial to use silk amino acids if you are trying to increase your hair’s natural sheen. This is because the appearance of your hair is dependent on the health of your cuticle. Raised, damaged cuticles reflect less light, making the hair appear dull. Smooth, healthy cuticles reflect more light off of each hair strand, making your hair shinier overall.
Speaking of shine, the bends in curly hair also influence how much shine you have. The tighter the curl, the less shine because light has less flat spots to reflect off of. So, kinkier textures like mine get a sheen versus a glossy shine. Think of it like this: It's easier to see a consistent reflection in the ocean when the water is still. The more the water starts moving, the more waves it gets. This produces a less uniform reflection, like the one below. Your hair is the ocean in this scenario. That's how and why shine varies on different textures of hair.
especially recommend using products with silk amino acids if you are planning to flat iron your hair. I tried this for the first time two weeks ago and my hair was shinier than it’d ever been after flat ironing in the past. I used Terrene Fusions Olive & Aloe Clarifying Shampoo followed by Terrene Fusions Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. Both products contain silk amino acids. It’s important to use as little product as possible. when flat ironing your hair to avoid weighing your hair down. So after washing, I just followed up with a heat protectant and a homemade lightweight leave in containing water, aloe, and a few drops of grapeseed oil. My hair was super soft, shiny and moisturized after flat ironing with a heat setting of 430°.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING SILK AMINO ACIDS
1. Replenishing Deep Conditioner
2. Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
3. Olive & Aloe Clarifying Shampoo
4. Mango Shea Cocoa Moisturizing Hair Lotion
5. Moisturizing Detangling Cream
If you are trying to tame constant frizz or increase your hair’s natural sheen, silk amino acids are definitely the way to go.
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