Protein Treatments

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Protein Treatments

Protein Treatments

Protein treatments, we鈥檝e all heard about them but what are they actually? Growing up our mothers might have used some at-home remedies to infuse our hair with protein, such as the egg and mayo treatment but, did these treatments really work? Did they have the lasting benefits that were intended for our hair? Let鈥檚 investigate what we have already learned about the structure of hair. In the previous blog post, we learned that hair consists of 90% proteins including Keratin and Collagen. Therefore, having the proper protein and moisture balance in our hair is key to having healthy and strong hair. Too much protein and not enough moisture can lead to dry and brittle hair. However, too much moisture (known as hygral fatigue) and not enough protein can lead to hair feeling, mushy, weak, and lifeless. Let鈥檚 examine the structure of protein so we can utilize it in our healthy hair routine.

What is Protein?

The US National Library of Medicine defines proteins as large, complex molecules that are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body鈥檚 tissues and organs. They are made up of thousands of smaller units called amino acids which are attached to one another in long chains. Only 20 different amino acids are needed to create a protein. Therefore, amino acids are necessary for achieving a healthy body including growing stronger and longer hair. One of the best ways to grow strong hair to is to consume a healthy diet rich in proteins.

What foods are rich in protein?

Typically, when we hear the word protein we automatically think of meat. But we actually need a variety of proteins in order to maximize our results. Proteins can be found in both plants and animals with a recommendation to consume more plant then animal proteins. Here鈥檚 a list of some protein-rich foods that can be easily incorporated in your diet.

Plant Based Proteins (Medical News Today 15 Best plant base-proteins)


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tofu, tempeh and edamame

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Lentils

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chickpeas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Peanuts/Almonds or Almond Milk

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Spirulina

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Quinoa

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mycoprotein (fungus-based protein)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chia seeds/Hemp Seeds

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Beans with rice

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Potatoes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dark green, leafy vegetables- Kale, Broccoli, mushrooms

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Seitan

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ezekiel Break

Meat Based Lean Protein

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chicken Breast

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mahi Mahi


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pork Tenderloin

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 99% Lean Ground Turkey

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Eye of Round Steak

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Scallops

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Shrimp

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Turkey Breast

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tuna Fish

Protein Treatments for hair

While a protein-rich diet is the best way to benefit from protein, topical use of protein treatments can have some benefit as well. However, we just learned that protein molecules are very large and cannot penetrate the hair strand. So even though the egg and mayo treatment might temporarily make your hair feel good, it is not binding to the hair strand. Why? Because the molecules are too large, they cannot penetrate the hair shaft however, they can temporarily coat the strand. So what type of protein treatments work?

Keratin is a fibrous protein bound together by a strong chemical bond known as a disulfide bridge. In order to break these bonds, a process called hydrolysis is required. Hydrolysis is and electro-chemical process that separates the hydrogen and oxygen molecules with electricity. This causes the protein molecules to unchain into smaller amino acids. This process allows the hair to absorb the partially or fully hydrolyzed amino acids. So, in other words, hydrolyzed proteins are the only proteins that can be absorbed in the hair. See below for a list of hydrolyzed proteins.

Hydrolyzed Proteins:

  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Milk Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein

List of benefits of each protein can be found in the following link

When and How to Use on Your Hair

If your hair feels weak, dry, or damaged or chemically treated, regular use of hydrolyzed proteins should be part of your regimen. Some find regular protein use either monthly or bi-monthly works best for their hair鈥檚 needs. You may choose to use products that contain high amounts of proteins that don鈥檛 condition the hair or conditioners that contain protein.

聽List of protein treatments:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gelatin

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aphogee Two-Step Protein treatment

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Curly Hair Solutions Pure Silk Protein Deep Moisturizing Treatment

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aunt Jackie鈥檚 Curls & Coils Softening Conditioner

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DevaCurl Intense Moisture Treatment

How have you incorporated protein in your regimen