Popping up now and then in the discussion about natural keratin proteins is the word ‘Replicine’. I want to talk a little today about what exactly Replicine is and what it means when you find it on your ingredient list.
First things first, what on earth is Replicine?
You can think of it almost as a brand of functional keratin protein. Are you wondering how protein can be branded? It’s all about the patent.
See, Replicine is a fully functional keratin protein that has been extracted from pure New Zealand wool. Replicine is the only commercially available keratin protein that has been extracted using this patented technology. So if you’ve got any sort of functional keratin in your hair product, you can bet it’s Replicine.
What exactly makes Replicine keratin technology different to other keratins? Replicine respects the complexity of natural proteins and works to replicate them in form, sequence and function. Remember the post about hydrolyzed keratin? We all know by now why hydrolyzed keratin just doesn’t cut it in terms of giving your hair the full benefits of keratin.
Replicine, on the other hand, acts just like the natural keratin in your hair and gives you all the same protection and strength. I’ll explain how this works.
Replicine understands nature’s complexity
Most labs treat all keratins as the same, but the scientists behind Replicine know that this is not the case. Rather, keratins can be categorized into families. Some keratin families are responsible for strength and some act more as glue that holds the hair together.
By respecting the different forms of keratin, Replicine functional keratin technology can isolate and use the proteins exactly how they were intended to be used. For instance, in hair products, Replicine is the only keratin protein that can mimic and can regenerate with your own hairs natural keratin.
Replicine maintain keratin’s form and function
Imagine a zipper. The teeth on both sides need to be designed to perfectly fit and lock into each other. If the spaces or the sizes aren’t perfectly matched to each other, then the zipper doesn’t work.
Keratin can be thought of like a zipper. You want the keratin in your hair and skincare products to interact with the natural keratin in your body. So picture the teeth of one side of the zipper as your own natural keratin. What should the teeth on the other side look like?
Well, if you want the zipper to work the teeth need to be exactly the same on both sides. That’s why Replicine completely replicates the form of natural keratin proteins. So it fits right in with the stuff in your hair and skin.
Replicine controls sulphur amino acids
Making up about 5% of your hair is an amino acid called cystine. Cystine determines the structure of proteins by forming bonds between and within protein molecules.
We already know that the structure of the proteins is crucial to their function, so clearly the cystine in the keratin plays an important role. Unfortunately, few companies seem to realize this and cystine is almost always destroyed in the extraction process.
Replicine makes sure the amino acids in keratin is protected to keep the cystine intact and ensure that it can bind to the hair like it’s supposed to.
And that’s Replicine!
All of these things go into the extraction and processing of keratin from pure New Zealand sheep’s wool to result in Replicine. Each of these processes, by the way, is patented by a company called Keraplast. Keraplast is the only holder of these technologies and Replicine is the only protein that can claim them.
So there’s your science lesson for the day. Just remember to check the ingredient list before you buy your keratin product… Look for Replicine, the only fully-functioning keratin protein on the market.