I hadn’t heard of protein treatments until reading ‘Grow It’ by Chicoro.
Gentle vs Intense Protein TreatmentsLight Protein Treatments: Chicoro suggest that generally ‘light protein treatments’ can be used weekly and can be left in for just a few minutes before being rinsed out.
Intense Protein Treatments: Chicoro suggests that ‘intense protein treatments’ tend to involve adding HEAT and although designed for damaged hair she believes it can be ok to use strong protein treatments on healthy hair also, although she also warns against over treating the hair with proteins as it can be very damaging. Some articles I've read such as on stylehairmagazine.com disagree with Chicoro and strongly advise against using intense protein treatments on healthy hair.Personally I think it's best to experiment a little to find out whats best for you.
How Often Should You Do A Protein Treatment?This varies depending on the strength of the product and the condition of your hair. The general advice seems to be approximately:
- Every 2 or 3 weeks for light treatments.
- Every 6 or 8 weeks for intense treatments.
Overall I'd say be your own judge!
It's also VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO DO TOO MANY Protein Treatments as too much protein can make the hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
You can try using conditioner to counter this effect but if you do over-do it with the protein it’s likely to take a few weeks of regular intense conditioning to restore your hair back to normality. I speak from awful experience. Some people recommend always using a deep conditioner after doing a protein treatment but I only do this when I’ve used a particularly strong treatment.
How I Do It
I'm not strict about how often I do protein treatments. I just do them whenever my hair feels weak or if I'm notcing more breakage than usual.
After an awful first experience with an intense treatment (here), I've since been quite cautious about what I use. I almost always leave my protein treatments on for approximately 20 minutes under a plastic cap, and apply heat, regardless of the strength; however I tend to use light/average strength treatments, which seems to work really well for my hair.
Some people describe their hair has being 'protein sensitive'. This basically means their hair responds badly to protein, usually by leaving it feeling stiff and straw-like, and prone to breakage.
However, many sources argue that 'protein sensitivity' is a myth. Any hair that is exposed to more than its fair share of protein will become brittle and breakable. Instead it's recommended that you experiment to find the right protein based product for you. It's possible your hair may not need as much protein as others. Homemade recepies could be a good alternative to try.
ProductsBelow you can find a list of the products pictured in this post. These are products that I've heard about or had recommended as protein treatments for hair.Have you tried any of them? What was your experience like? What other protein treatments would you recommend? Share your thoughts.
- Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner
- Sofn Free Gro Healthy Milk Protein & Olive Oil
- Parnevu Organic Hair Mayonnaise
- Hair Rescue Keratin Reconstructor
- Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment
- Aphogee Keratin 2 Min Reconstructor (not pictured)
- Mizani Kerafuse Intensive Strengthening Treatment
- Motions CPR
- Nexxus Keraphix
- Aveda Damage Remedy
- Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
- Nexxus Emergencee
- Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
- Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Liquid Reconstructor (not pictured)
- Keratase Ciment Anti-Usure
- Aubery Glycerin Protein Balancing Conditioner
- ORS Hair Mayonnaise
- Giovanni Smooth as Silk Xtreme Protein
- Vatika Egg Protein Hair Mask