What are the benefits of creatine for hair?
When your hair is damaged, bonds are broken. Bonds that influence your hair strength, thinning hair, or hair breaking. Creatine is one of those ingredients that gets a lot of attention for muscle building, but creatine for hair doesn’t get enough attention!
Just a reminder about damaged hair...
Damaged hair can come in many forms. In fact, each layer of the hair shaft can undergo damage and the combination of external damage, general environment (such as percent humidity), and hair structure can create different looking effects in your hair. Hair falling out? It could be from breakage due to overuse of hot tools. Hair color fading? UV rays could be to blame for that. Did you know that bleaching your hair will actually take your cuticle (the outside protectant of the hair shaft), open it up to the cortex and oxidate the melanin (the part that gives your hair color)? But, once that’s done, then that’s it, your cuticle is damaged and any other coloring will continue that process until your hair completely falls off. Not to mention, once that cuticle is broken, doing other things to your hair like wet brushing, blow drying, and using hot tools will cause more and more hair breaking, tangles, dryness, and losing hair strength.
As you know, we’ve done A LOT of research about which ingredients will protect and repair your hair damage. We didn’t just pick the usual hair care ingredients to clean and make your hair “look” better, we wanted to get to the root of hair damage and fix it at the source. Not just that, but our Reboots are also designed for scalp care, because we want your hair to be healthy from the very start. One of the ingredients that we were excited to incorporate into all of our Reboots was creatine.
What is creatine?
Creatine is a naturally occurring derivative of the amino acids glycine and arginine in the muscles. Most humans get their supply of creatine from eating meat or taking supplements. Many bodybuilders and exercise gurus take creatine supplements to help improve their exercise performance and increase muscle mass.
Other benefits of Creatine
Creatine can help with memory, and fight off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, and other neurological diseases and injuries. It also has shown some evidence of improving intelligence scores for people who are deficient in creatine.1
For topical skincare, creatine also improves cell metabolism and acts as a moisturizer and protectant. As people age, their skin loses its metabolism which lowers its ability to utilize certain proteins like collagen, elastin, and keratin. Age also lowers the cell’s ability to protect the skin from environmental stress.2 This improved cell metabolizer allows the skin to stay younger longer and protect it from environmental effects such as free radicals. For us, this means a lot as far as how to repair a damaged scalp.
What does creatine do for the hair?
Creatine is one of our featured ingredients in Bond Reboot™, our skin care worthy tip-to-root bond building ingredient. Creatine has been shown to rebuild and strengthen the hair structure from within. Even among some of the most damaged hair, including bleached and relaxed hair, it was been shown to increase the hair’s mechanical properties, as well as protect hair against head damage caused by a flat iron. The creatine used within SAVE ME FROM has been shown to improve mechanical properties by building electrostatic bridges. When hair is healthy, three intermolecular bonds including disulfide bonds, electrostatic bonds and hydrogen bonds are responsible for the tensile strength of the hair. When hair is damaged, these bonds break. Fortunately, with creatine electrostatic bridges can be formed resulting in a reduction in hair breakage and added protection against heat stress.3
In addition, creatine for hair care has an incredible smoothing effect on the cuticle.2 As you may recall from previous articles, the hair shaft is made up of different parts: the cortex, the cell membrane, and the cuticle. The cuticle is the outer portion that protects the cell membrane and the cortex from drying out or losing its melanin. It’s also the part of the hair shaft that you often encounter the most as it is the reason behind your hair feeling tangly or looking dull. When the cuticle is tearing and broken, the hair snags onto each other making it feel difficult to comb. Dry hair is often caused by broken cuticles that cannot hold moisture in the cell membrane.
While many people like to use creatine as a supplement that they swallow, it won’t have the same positive effect on the hair or skin compared to when it’s used, say, in a shampoo for split ends. The topical performance of creatine offers the maximum benefits for a dry scalp and fine hair. In fact, that’s one reason why we loved the skin benefits of creatine, we wanted to be able to not just treat your damaged hair, but also treat your damaged scalp!
SAVE ME FROM Reboots contain creatine!
Our reboots not only contain creatine, but also other high quality, carefully selected ingredients that strengthen the hair cuticle, infuse moisture into the cell membrane, and protect your hair color. Creatine plays one of the most integral parts in our formulas. It lays the cuticle down, strengthening that bond to ultimately protect the other layers. Doing this for your cuticle reduces future damage as well, since broken cuticles combined with wet brushing, coloring, pollution, UV rays, etc. causes hair loss due to the hair shaft breaking off at its most damaged areas.
So, skip the salon treatment for your dry hair and have your own salon treatment at home! Don’t start your hair repair process with your hands tied behind your back! Let us help you figure out which products would be best for your lifestyle. Take our quiz to learn which reboot would be the best fix for your hair damage! We hope you’ll love what you try and that you’ll see the difference!
2.) Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH. Technical Information TEGO® Cosmo C 100. June 2008.
3.) Evonik Industries. TEGO® Cosmo C 100 The Hair Architect. 2016.