Plant Keratin for Hair Strength

plant keratin in hair care


Plant Keratin for Hair Strength

Strength and elasticity are two very important qualities of healthy hair. Plant keratin is a superb ingredient to use in hair care products to promote hair strength. Keratin is found inside our hair and contains 18 amino acids.  Most keratin derivatives come from animal sources such as bovine. Plant Keratin, is a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin. It contains comparable properties to animal keratin, but it is a better and more sustainable ingredient, thus making plant keratin for hair strength the superb option.

Hair Structure and Anatomy

To understand how plant keratin can strengthen the hair, firstly let’s understand the structure of hair. Our hair structure is made of three parts: cuticle, cortex and medulla. The outer part is called, the cuticle. The cuticle protects the hair. The middle layer is the cortex and offers strength, flexibility, and elasticity to the hair. The cortex accounts for 80% of our hair mass. Lastly, the innermost layer is called the medulla. The Medulla is made of mostly keratin and provides strength and elasticity. Since it matches the same ratios of amino acids in our hair, this makes plant keratin an excellent strengthening ingredient for our hair.

Hair Benefits

There are many benefits of plant keratin. It is a sustainable ingredient for your hair care formulations and at the same time, can provide many benefits to the hair. This ingredient is also 100% vegan and vegetable-based!


  • Increases hair strength
  • Increases hair elasticity
  • Adds shine
  • Reduces static and frizz
  • Increases hair comb ability, or the ease of which hair can be combed.
  • Helps to protect the hair from environmental damage and over processing hair

Using Plant Keratin in Hair Products

Are looking to formulate with plant keratin for hair growth? If so, these hair products are excellent choices: shampoo, conditioner, leave-in hair treatments, or styling products.

Cosmetic Formulator and Instructor Joan Morais of our Pro Natural Hair Formulation Course developed new formulations with plant keratin. These hair care products are a stable and effective shampoo and conditioner set. They promote strength and elasticity to the hair.

New Formulation! Plant Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner- Strengthening 

    • 100% Vegan
    • Naturally Derived
    • Non-GMO
    • Gluten-free
    • Sustainable option to animal keratin
    • Vegetable-based

Learn how to make these formulations in our Pro Natural Hair Care Formulation Course. You will learn how to formulate with plant keratin and other top vegan ingredients such as, sea moss and silicone alternatives. 




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