Protein. It’s good for your body and it’s good for your hair. There are so many benefits to getting it onto your tresses but some women still don’t understand how much protein can help them reach their hair goals. That goes for processed and natural hair.
The natural hair movement is a powerful force that has taken the black hair world by storm over the last several years. It is now the thing to do; to forgo the creamy crack and embrace your hair for exactly what it is. Now, while there are those that fall off and on the wagon, the ones who are steady and consistent know that it takes more than just washing your hair with good products and sleeping with a satin bonnet to ensure natural hair’s growth and health. Protein is an important aspect of the hair care process that can give you the boost you need.
I know what some of you are saying- but my hair is protein. While that is mostly true in that it is made up of protein filaments commonly known as keratin, exposure to the wrong products, harsh chemicals, and the elements can break that down and cause brittle, dull, and damaged hair over time. That’s when it becomes necessary to use products that add protein back into your hair. Doing so serves to help keep your it vibrant and strong.
So let’s look at a few ways to get some protein in your life.
Deep Conditioning Masks
You can never go wrong with a good deep conditioner mask. This is a must for those who put their hair through the ringer throughout the year. Your hair gets tired, just like you, so it needs to be rejuvenated. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair is a really good deep conditioning mask. While it is a bit on the pricey side, research shows that it can reduce breakage up to 81%. If you deal with dull hair and wonder why it’s breaking off, this $36 mask from Sephora may help.
Overnight Protein Treatments
If your hair is in need of some big-time tender love and care, then trying an overnight protein treatment can help tremendously. The hustle and bustle of things can sometimes cause unintentional neglect. In those moments, don’t dwell on what you did or didn’t do and actually take action. Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack is ideal because not only is it a great product with no sulfates, parabens or dyes, it can be left in overnight. It’s super affordable too and you can find it at places like Target.
This may be a new term for some people, but a reconstructor quickly works wonders for hair that needs an instant boost. This is especially true if you have processed or colored hair. Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and Aphogee 2 Step Reconstructor are excellent choices as they both work effectively and powerfully to get the job done. Using heat with these infuses the product into your hair, which helps reduce breakage significantly.
Intense Protein Treatment
If you tried the overnight option and found that it still doesn’t do the job, then you may need something a little more intense. Most treatments are just one step. There are some two-step treatments and then there are some with more steps like Dr. Miracle’s Miracle Repair 3 Step System. This one is for natural and relaxed hair and includes a non-lathering conditioning shampoo, a reconstructor, and an intense moisturizing masque.
Protein is a building block of nourished and robust hair. If you need some in your life, try these out for size.