The importance of protein in healthy hair
Why do we need protein:?
- Hair is made of protein (keratin)
- Protein gives hair strength and durability. Strong hair doesn't break off as easily, so the ends survive =length
- Adding protein through regular treatments replaces what is lost during chemical services and with frequent use of heating appliances
- Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. These tend to slip easier into the hair shaft.
- For relaxed ladies, protein will help strengthen the dermarcation line (between new growth and relaxed hair). This minimises breakage and helps manage the two textures better (Take note transitioners!)
What's out there?
Conditioners: Aphogee 2 min reconstructor (medium), ORS Replenishing Conditioner (light), ORS hair Mayonnaise (medium), Organics Hair Mayonnaise (medium), Aphogee 2-step treatment (strong), VO5 conditioners (light protein).
Leave-in conditioners: Aphogee Pro-vitamin leave-in, Infusium 23 Original formula, Aphogee Green tea and keratin spray, Chi silk infusion, Chi Keratin Mist.
- You can start by adding a protein conditioning treatment to your routine once a week or every 2 weeks.
- Protein conditioners must be followed by a moisturizing conditioner -unless it is a light protein conditioner- or your hair will feel hard! Preferrably, shampoo or clarify in-between.
- Start with light protein conditioners and see how your hair responds after a month of trying it. If your hair feel hair when dry, cut back on the protein, if it's soft but strong, keep it up.
- A cheap alternative before spending any money is to add an egg or two to your conditioner before applying it. Leave on for 10 minutes (NO HEAT), rinse and follow with a moisturizing conditioner. See how you like this!