Unbreakeable Hair? The Protein Treatment That Beats Pure Protein

How Does It Work?

To appreciate how it works you must have a basic understanding of the proteins that hair needs, so here is a crash course:

Keratin is the main protein in hair and it is a water-soluble protein which is extremely strong. (Horns of animals are formed from this stuff, that’s how tough keratin can be). The Keratin has some chains of amino acids which include cysteine which is what makes keratin so tough.

If your hair needs a revival you will need these proteins:

  1. Hydrolyzed proteins in rinse-off products (ding ding; that’s one for the DRC-28)
  2. Collagen for elasticity
  3. Keratin for strength and to improve the feel
  4. Wheat protein also for strength
  5. Soy protein to enhance moisture or bolster normal porosity
  6. Silk protein to soften your strands

The DRC-28 is deep penetrating, which allows it to build the hair from within by fortifying weak areas. So rather than simply sitting on the hair it can actually get inside the cortex and work its magic. It is said that hair is made up of 22 proteins and amino acids, but the composition of the DRC-28 includes up to 28. This may be part of the reason that this product is making waves. Further investigation of the composition of the DRC-28 revealed that it has hydrolyzed proteins. Part of the packaging content from a bottle reads:

Dudley’s DRC 28 is a deep-penetrating advanced hair treatment and fortifier that is concentrated with most of the hair’s own natural protein and amino acids.  This rich formula works from the inside out – nourishing, restoring and repairing severely damaged or weakened hair to a stronger, healthier state.”

Notable ingredients include:  Hydrolized Animal Protein, Hydrolized Keratin Protein, Biotin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), and Hydrolized Glycosanminoglycans (shown to promote hair growth in in clinical tests)


Main Ingredients:

Deionized Water, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-11, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, Panthenol, Acetamide MEA, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Fragrance, Biotin

Well, now the picture is a little clearer because even though protein is great for hair and absolutely vital to its existence, not all proteins are created equal. In case you are a little lost, basically, in order for protein to be most effective, the molecules have to be at the right size to be able to penetrate the hair, but not all of them can do that. For instance, when we break an egg and slap it on our heads, this does well to condition the cuticle layer but it doesn’t necessarily get inside the cortex so issues within the strand don’t get addressed. Proteins with the word ‘hydrolyzed’ before them means they went through a process that allows them to be small enough to penetrate the hair or to be absorbed.

Have you noticed how many times hydrolyzed appears in the ingredients list for DRC-28? That may offer some insights into why the reviews are so great. In addition, that Glycosanminoglycans has the cysteine in there and did you notice biotin a Panthenol?

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Marianyeliz Rodriguez

I need one for my micro zizi box braids…

Karen Gonsalves

I need to try this out