Naturally curly hair relies on a good balance of proteins, nutrients, and oils to support healthy roots.
Typically, hair is about 91 percent protein, and is made up of long chains of amino acids. Harsh chemical treatments, exposure to sun, pollution and lack of proper care can lead to the breaking up of these chains which results in brittle and dull hair. Since the hair is made up of protein it would only make sense to treat your hair with protein. Right?
A protein conditioner could benefit hair that is overly relaxed or brittle. Brittle hair needs conditioners that have protein ingredients to help strengthen the hair follicle. These conditioners will add moisture to damaged hair, prevent further damage due to heat styling, and even mend split ends temporarily until the hair naturally repairs itself.
A protein treatment has different protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer. This places a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage. There are four types of protein conditioner treatments: protein packs, re-constructors, deep penetrating treatments, and light protein treatments. The hair’s current condition will decide the type of protein conditioner needed for treatment. Use a re-constructor for severely damaged hair. For moderately damaged hair, use a deep penetrating treatment. For slight damage and routine treatments, use protein packs or light treatments. Below is a list of the types of protein conditioners.
Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
Nutress Protein Pack
Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstrcutor
Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor
K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor
Creme of Nature Conditioning Reconstructor
Deep penetrating treatments
Dr. Miracles Deep Conditioner
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonniase
JessieCurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
DevaCurl Heaven in Hair
My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask
As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment
Light protein treatments
Aubrey Organics GPB
Neutrogena Triple Mositure Deep Recovery Mask
Hydratherma Naturals- Protein Leave In
Using Protein Treatments
Some hair types will need more protein treatments than others. For slightly damaged hair, a treatment once per month is more than adequate. For severely damaged hair or hair that is often styled, a treatment once per week will protect the hair follicles from further damage and help repair any current damage. Natural hair that has little to no damage would still benefit from a protein treatment at least once every two months to keep up the hair’s natural strength and shine.
Important: Follow the directions on the protein treatment’s packaging for the best results. Make sure that you buy the type of treatment you need based on your hair’s current condition. Remember to balance protein with moisture. Too much protein can make your hair stiff and lead to dryness and breakage.
DIY: Protein Treatments Ingredients
Do you have dry, brittle, and/or frizzy hair? Your hair porbably needs a moisturizing, conditioning treatment…ASAP! Don’t want to buy any new products? That’s okay. Some of our best hair treatments come from our kitchen. Here are 5 ingredients that make excellent DIY conditioners.
Eggs are rich in lecithin which both help to strengthen and moisturize. The yolk is the primary active ingredient in eggs when used on hair. The yolk acts as a serum, helping the hair to reflect light for an appearance of shiny hair. Rinse hair with cold water to avoid the egg yolks cooking. Trust me:/
I am not a fan of mayo, but it offers the same benefits of eggs and a built in oil . A few drops of your favorite essential oil can cut down on the scent of the mayo while it adds protein to your hair.
I love avocado! Not only is it good and healthy, but it is full of amino acids, all promoting strong, healthy hair growth, and it moisturizes. Before applying to hair or mixtures, make sure to blend well (to get rid of chunky pieces) until it is smooth and creamy.
In addition to being a softener, and really good, yogurt contains lactic acid which strips the outer layer of the hairs’ keratin, helping to improve absorption of other strength building ingredients. Due to the stripping properties, this treatment is best used as a pre-poo before applying a moisturizing deep conditioner.
Also known as coconut cream concentrate, this scented butter cream has all the benefits of coconut milk times ten!
DIY: Protein Treatments Mixtures
**Mix all ingredients according to the density and length of your hair.**
- Avocado (whipped) and 100% virgin olive oil
- Egg (whipped), pure honey and 100% virgin olive oil
- Avocado, banana, 100% virgin olive oil, honey, mayonnaise
Leave on for about 5-15 minutes.Rinse well and with cold water. Follow by detangling and deep conditioning.