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Phytokeratin (vegetable keratin)

Commonly known as: Vegetable Keratin, Phytokeratin, Protein Hydrolysate fromblé/ of almond.
I.N.C.I. list name: Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Hydrolysed Sweet Almond Protein.
Extraction process: Wheat or almond proteins hydrolysed by enzymatic process.
Source: Plant.
Botanical name: Triticum vulgare (wheat), Prunus amygdalus (almond).
Family: Poaceae (wheat), Rosaceae (almond).
Part of the plant extracted: Seeds.
Provenance, origin: Europe.
Chemical characteristics: A set of proteins of variable size; Soluble in water; Insoluble in oil; Molecular weight of proteins varying from minus 300 to 10,000 Da; pH: 4.0-5.0.
Characteristics: Colloidal solution, emulsion, suspension.
Dosage required in cosmetic products: Usually used at 0.5-5% in formulations; Maximum concentration not regulated.
Function: Anti-statics, hair conditioners, skincare agents.
Properties: Film-forming, fortifying, restorative, softening, firming, tightening, nourishing, protective, anti-static.
Benefits: All skin typologies and particularly mature, dry, delicate and sensitive skin; All hair types and especially for brittle, dull, fine, dry, dehydrated and damaged hair; Suggested for the treatment of damaged, soft and brittle nails, and sparse eyelashes.



  • Anti-static:Facilitates styling by reducing or preventing the build-up of static electricity charges;

  • Film-forming:Solidifies, coats and protects the hair fibre by creating a film on the hair;

  • Fortifying, nourishing, restorative:Improves the strength of the hair by strengthening the hair fibre by providing sulphur in all the structures of the hair and in the main compounds of the fibre and the cuticle (proline, aspartic acid, serine, leucine);

  • Firming, instant tightening:Restores tone and regularity to the skin by forming a smoothing, elastic and continuous film which tightens the superficial layers of the skin.


  • Face care (masks, firming creams, eye contour creams, eyelash care);

  • Body care (nail strengthening serums/baumes, nourishing creams for feet and hands, shower gels);

  • Hair care (shampoos, conditioners, fortifying hair masks, split end repair serums, hair balms, styling gels);

  • Make-up (foundations, mascaras).

How to store

Store at room temperature in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place. Keep away from direct sunlight, heat sources and moisture.

Contraindications and precautions for use

Wheat or almond protein hydrolysate is asafe, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-allergic active ingredient.

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Keratin is a fibrous protein rich in sulfur that forms the outermost layers of the epidermis and dander (nails, hair and hair). Generally, keratin used in cosmetics is of animal origin. At Typology, we have decided to opt for a plant-based alternative: phytokeratin. Phytokeratin is a protein from wheat (gluten) or almonds that has been hydrolyzed, i.e. cut into smaller proteins by enzymes, and will thus have a better interaction and absorption on the surface of the skin, hair and nails. Their composition is close to that of keratin.