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Is K18 formulated without parabens & sulfates?

Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Phthalates, Sodium Chloride, Artificial Colors, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Donors.

Is K18 vegan & cruelty-free?

Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Color-Safe and Dermatologically Tested.

What are the ingredients in K18?

K18 Mask:

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Alcohol Denat., PropyleneGlycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Esters, BehentrimoniumChloride, Polysorbate 20, sh-Oligopeptide-78, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol,Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Geraniol, Linalool, HexylCinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol.

K18 Mist:

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Alcohol Denat., PropyleneGlycol, Polysorbate 20, sh-Oligopeptide-78, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer,Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum),Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol.

What is K18’s pH?

a.    The mist pH level of 7.5-8.0 shifts the cuticle layer to penetrate into hair’s cortex and hone in on damage sites.

b.    The mask pHlevel of 5.0-6.0 helps to close the cuticle and seal in the peptide.

What is K18?

a.    The K18Peptide ™ molecular repair service is a bioactive 2-step, in-salon treatment infused with our patented K18Peptide ™.                 

i.     K18Mist - 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.

ii.     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.

b.   K18Peptide™ is the patented molecular breakthrough clinically proven to reverse hair damage (in just 4 minutes) from:

-       Bleach + Color

-       Chemical Services

-       Heat

How does K18 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 our peptide is a bit of an overachiever, as a result of this reconnection, any disturbed disulfide bonds are also re-conformed.

Our peptide employs 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), our 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 is the K18Peptide ™

Our patented peptide is a unique sequence of amino acids that travels deep into hair’s core structure to fit in and reconnect broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains) responsible for hair strength and elasticity.

An Analogy:  When building proteins, the order of the amino acids determines the kind of protein and its properties, much like the way letters are arranged to make meaningful words and sentences. In the same way the order and where each word sits in a sentence leads to its overall meaning, K18 is the magic word that fits right in, integrating itself with the keratin chains as the hair recognizes it as a natural building block.

What is the K18Peptide ™ patent number?

EP3058936A2

Is the K18Peptide ™ in all K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Products?

Yes. All formulas are optimized to be the best delivery system to get the peptide where it needs to go.

What does the K18 Pro Mist do?

K18 Mist is a lightweight mist that repairs existing damage and strengthens hair before a chemical service. It’s clinically proven to repair damaged hair after just one 4-minute in-salon treatment. The slightly alkaline pH of 7.5-8.0 is designed to shift the cuticle layer, quickly penetrate the hair’s cortex, and hone in on damage sites. From there,K18Peptide™ regenerates and restores hair’s strength and elasticity. This allows hair to withstand damage occurring during the chemical service.

Who is K18 Mist for?

K18 is safe to use on all hair types and textures, all generations, and was made to be used on all types of damage.

What does K18 Mask do?

K18 Professional Mask is a post-service treatment that repairs damage caused during any salon service and can be used as an at-home treatment for clients to control ongoing damage. 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. The mask is clinically proven to renew damaged hair after just one 4-minute treatment.

Who is K18 Mask for?

K18 is safe to use on all hair types and textures, all generations, and was made to be used on all types of damage.

Why is K18 Mist applied before bleaching / coloring?

K18 mist is applied before bleach or color services because it works on renewing client’s existing damage to strengthen the hair canvas pre-treatment. Restoring strength and elasticity in just 4 minutes means the stylist’s work can go further without having to edit process around damage. The K18 mist’s liquid formulation optimizes the efficacy of the K18Peptide™ by opening up the hair’s cuticle layers and getting the renewing peptide deep into hair’s inner cortex to repair broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains).

How is the K18 Mist applied before a chemical service?

Follow these steps for best use:

-       Prep hair by lightly misting with water.

-       Apply K18 Mist section by section, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse out. This is a good time to mix or prepare for your chemical service. You can dry hair after the 4 minutes are up, if needed.

Why do I need to mist the hair with water before applying the K18 Mist?

Misting the hair with water allows the cuticle layers to prepare for optimal penetration of the mist into the inner cortex. In the same way a damp sponge absorbs more water, damp hair absorbs K18.  

How much K18 Mist should I use?

The amount of K18 needed for your client’s hair depends on their hair type, thickness, and condition. Reference our dosage chart below to get started.

How do you use K18 Mask as part of a lighting or color service?

K18 Mask is used after processing bleach/color by following the below steps.

-       Shampoo hair. Skip the conditioner.

-       Towel-dry thoroughly.

-       Apply K18 Mask, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Leave for 4 minutes before styling. DO NOT rinse out.

-       If cutting, begin right away. Make sure to wait the full 4-minute wait period before heat styling.

-       If toning, apply toner/gloss on top of K18 Mask. Process toner/gloss as required. Shampoo and rinse. Follow with a secondary application of K18 mask. Towel dry thoroughly. Style as usual.

Will applying toner on top of K18 Mask affect the outcome of my color?

K18 will not interfere with toner or final color. Colorists tell us K18 Mask actually improves their results, as it evens out the hair’s porosity, creating a more uniform and vibrant color application.

How much K18 Mask should I use?

The amount of K18 needed for your client’s hair depends on their hair type, thickness, and condition. Reference our dosage chart below to get started.

How do I use K18 Mask during a haircut or as a treatment on its own?

Follow these steps to use K18 with a hair cut or alone as a treatment service.

-       Shampoo and rinse. Skip the conditioner.

-       Towel dry thoroughly.

-       Apply K18 Mask, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse. If cutting, begin right away.

-       Make sure to wait 4 minutes before heat styling or using other styling products. If needed, you may also condition or add a leave-in once 4 minutes has elapsed with K18.

Can you use K18 with a Sodium Hydroxide Relax?

Yes, follow these steps to use K18 with a relaxer service.

-       Prep hair by lightly misting with water.

-       Apply K18 Mist section by section, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse out. Use this time to prepare your relaxer solution.

-       Apply sodium hydroxide relaxer directly on top of K18 Mist.

-       Apply and process as usual.

-       Rinse, towel dry and follow with K18 Mask for 4 minutes. The amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Follow with neutralizing shampoo after 4 minutes has elapsed.

-       Towel dry and re-apply K18 Mask for 4 minutes. Style as usual once the 4-minute window has elapsed.

Can you use K18 with a Japanese Straightener / Thermal Re-conditioner?

Yes, follow these steps to use K18 with aJapanese Straightener/ Thermal Re-conditioner service.

-       Prep hair by lightly misting with water.

-       Apply K18 Mist section by section, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse out. Use this time to prepare your Japanese Straightener / Thermal Re-conditioner.

-       Apply and processJapanese Straightener as usual.

-       Rinse and apply neutralizer

-       Once the neutralizer has processed, rinse, lightly shampoo and towel dry.

-       Follow with K18Mask for 4 minutes, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Style as usual once time has elapsed.

Can you use K18 with a Keratin Treatment?

Yes, follow these steps to use K18 with a keratin service.

-       Prep hair by lightly misting with water.

-       Apply K18 Mist section by section, the amount needed depends on client’s hair type and condition. Reference chart for approximate dosage.

-       Wait 4 minutes

-       Clarify per your keratin treatment instructions.

-       Apply and process keratin treatment as usual.

NOTE: Keratin treatments act as a laminate on the hair. Because of this, we do not recommend using the K18 Mask immediately after the keratin treatment, as it will block the peptide from fully penetrating and will leave it ineffective. Wait 3-4 shampoos post application of the treatment, either in-salon or at home.

Can I use K18 during a perm?

Yes, follow these steps to use K18 during a perm.

 -       Prep hair by lightly misting with water.

-       Apply K18 Mist section by section.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse out. Use this time to prepare your perm solution.

-       Apply perm solution directly on top of K18 Mist.

-       Rinse and follow with neutralizer.

-       Re-apply K18 Mist.

-       Wait 4 minutes. DO NOT rinse out.

-       Style as usual.

How many times should K18 be used to receive optimal results?

We recommend using the 2-step pro service of K18 Mist + Mask every time your client visits, especially for all chemical services to strengthen the hair canvas before and after damage.

If your client is not receiving chemical services and does not have damaged hair, you may use K18 3-4 consecutive times and then every 3-4 visits. For these clients, the goal of K18 is to maintain the integrity of their hair.

Can I use K18 Mist + Mask together?

These formulas are intended to be used at separate times during the service but work together to renew damaged hair from the inside out.

During a chemical service, K18 Mist is applied prior to chemical application. K18 Mask is applied post-service to renew damaged caused during the chemical service.

During a few services, you will only use theK18 Mist in the salon. During a perm for example, K18 Mist is applied before the perm solution, K18 mist is then reapplied again after the neutralizer instead of the mask to avoid additional weight on newly formed curls.

What would happen if I put K18 Mist or Mask directly into my chemical services?

K18 products were meant to strengthen and protect hair before and after chemical services, they do not need to be added directly in. We have found no benefit from adding K18 directly into the chemical services.

Do you suggest using a clarifying shampoo before using K18? Will K18 still work if there is a lot of product or buildup on hair?

In most cases, clarifying and/or detoxing is not needed prior to K18 use. However, if there is extreme coating of product or mineral buildup on the hair, we recommend clarifying before using K18 to clearway for our peptide to fully penetrate hair. Excess buildup can block the peptide from getting where it needs to go.

Can you use a built-in bonder lightener with K18?

K18 Mist + K18Mask are compatible with all professional products.

Can I use all hydrogen peroxide with K18 products?

All volume percentages of hydrogen peroxide work with K18. Please use per the recommendation of the company/manufacturer’s instructions. No need to alter timing or increase the volume of developer when using K18.

What’s the difference between acidic toners and K18?

K18 products provide all the great conditioning and acidic balancing results of an acidic toner. They can be added as an additional step before toning for even more benefits.

Will alkaline hair color affect the performance of K18?

Alkaline hair color swells the hair’s cuticle layers and throws pH level off balance. Using K18 before and after these services will help to calm the hair environment, bringing the pH level closer to hair’s natural pH.

Are K18 products keratin treatment safe?

K18 products are safe to use with keratin treatments. K18 is sulfate-free. Please keep in mind, keratin treatments act as a laminate on the hair, so it’s best to wait 3-4 shampoos prior to application of K18 Mask for best results. The K18 Mist can be used prior to the application of the keratin treatment, after shampooing and prior to clarifying.

Is K18 a replacement for conditioner?

K18 was created to restore hair’s strength and elasticity by reconnecting broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains) responsible for hair’s core structure. Detangling and conditioning benefits are often a bonus clients experience from K18 use. Once K18 Mist or Mask has been applied and you’ve waited the initial 4-minute wait period, you can add a leave-in conditioner. Most stylists tell us the K18 Mask alone provides all the necessary conditioning for their client’s hair.

Can I use styling products with K18?

K18 is compatible with all styling products.

Aside from bleaching, coloring and perming, when can I use K18?

K18 can be used on all clients with all services. The strengthening and softening benefits can renew any hair type that has been damaged due to chemical processing, mechanical styling, and heat.

Why do you use K18 products on towel-dried hair?

Hair should be towel-dried and slightly damp so that K18Peptide™ can more effectively penetrate hairs inner cortex. When there’s too much water inside the hair cortex, K18 has a harder time honing in on damage sites.

Why is K18 mask a leave-in treatment?

K18 mask is recognized as natural by your hair and won’t wash out to provide a lasting solution to damaged strands.

Wheat is listed on both K18 Mist + K18 Mask ingredient lists. What if my client has a wheat allergy?

Client’s should check with their doctor before using K18 if they have a wheat allergy. If their doctor allows, they should test the product on a small patch of skin to make sure there is no reaction before applying.

Is K18 Safe to use during pregnancy? What about allergies?

Although K18 is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, artificial colors, sodium chloride and is vegan and cruelty-free, we recommend clients consult their doctors before using K18 during pregnancy or if they have concerns about allergies.

We are happy to provide a MSDS sheet.

How often should my client use the K18 at-home mask?

We recommend clients use the K18 Mask 6 consecutive times post-chemical service, then every 3-4 washes for maintenance.

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