Discover The Secret Of How Protein Softens Hair

How protein softens your hair

Because of the dry brittle nature of black hair, many women will rightly conclude that moisture is the most important factor to include in their hair regimens. While this is mostly true, the approach that you employ to gain this extra moisture could ultimately determine how long your hair eventually gets.

I never fail at ever turn to stress the importance of protein in your hair regimen and barring any protein sensitivity issues, most of us should be supplementing our hair’s protein levels at least once a week by way of a protein deep treatment, a light protein conditioner or a leave in. Protein was quite instrumental to my success at growing my hair to waist length and as such when I would urge those of you with fine strands to seriously consider adding it to your regimens if you aren’t already.

With pictures being worth a thousand words, here is a set of graphics to help you visually see the difference between hair that has been treated with protein and hair that has not. They are overly simplistic of course but hopefully they will get the point across as to what is happening in your hair as you go about your weekly washes.

Imagine for instance that you have a strand of hair that has a fissure, crack or gap in it, a very common occurrence in black hair whether relaxed or natural. These cracks come about for various reasons the largest of which is manipulation usually during styling. Whenever you wash, style, comb, brush, use heat or otherwise mess with your hair, you are losing protein from the stands.

These micro particles of protein being lost eventually add up creating an area of weakness in your strand and this strand would be the perfect candidate to break when you next manipulate your hair.

Gap in hair


 

When you wash and/or moisturize you hair, you will of course get plenty of water in your strands which increases your hair’s elasticity preventing immediate breakage. But the surface moisture evaporates very quickly leaving your hair as dry and brittle as before and again the hair will be teetering on the edge of breakage.

Moisture evaporating from hair

 

Adding oil to ‘seal’ in the moisture will help with reducing evaporation and hence improve elasticity but it does little to strengthen the weakened strand so breakage is still a very likely danger.

Oil sealing moisture into hair

 

Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin and when you use products with hydrolyzed keratin or other protein, they patch up areas of weakness within the hair strand making it less likely to break. The added benefit is that protein increases the amount of moisture that the strand can actually hold by trapping water molecules hence keeping your hair moisturized for longer.

In essence, protein improves the structure of the damaged strand and as such your hair is able to hold on to more moisture hence softening your hair considerably.

Protein strengthening and moisturizing hair

 

While most protein is beneficial, products that contain hydrolyzed keratin have an even higher affinity to the keratin in our hair and will strengthen and moisturize it better than other protein varieties. Still different protein varieties serve different purposes in our conditioners so any protein whether wheat protein, silk protein, soy protein or even collagen are great too.

Bear in mind that this added protein will eventually wear away depending on how often you wash or manipulate your hair. For that reason you need to replenish your stocks every 6-8 weeks with a hard protein treatment and twice a month or so with light protein conditioners or you can keep to a regimen of regular doses of light protein to keep your hair in tip top condition.

Happy hair growing!

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Courtney Brown

I think I’m protein sensitive because it makes my hair crunchy.

DA White

I heard tht if protein is used to often it can do tht?! Idk how true tht is? But just a thought:)

BlackHairInformation.com

It can, that is why they say you have to balance everything, so too much moisture can make your hair mushy and too much protein can make your hair hard.. DA White

Courtney Brown

I use it like every 6 months because I know it strengthen our hair but even then I use a light one. My hair just doesn’t like it.

Celeste Jackman

I should try it.mines like a brick.smdh

Courtney Brown

Maybe i’m getting enough protein in my diet and adding it topically isn’t necessary for me.

DA White

Thanks:)

Monique Scott'Office Williams

How often should you do a protein treatment

Tasha
Tasha

Hey, are there any home-made hard protein treatments or do i have to go and buy a specialist one.

BlackHairInformation.com

Every 6-8 weeks but it really depends on how often you are manipulating your hair. If you are protective styling then 6-8 weeks is fine but if you wear your hair out all the time and manipulate weekly then you may need one ever 2 weeks. Also if you have colored hair or are relaxed then you are likely to need one more often.

Vee Black

Mayonnaise is just enough.

Lendi Joy

Protein can also dry your hair out and cause it to break! It’s a delicate balance.

emmjaepenniman
emmjaepenniman

I use a ‘hard’ protein once a month on my relaxed hair, either Aphogee Two Step or a homemade recipe of olive oil, egg and honey. And every two weeks I try to use a lighter protein deep conditioner or hair masque. I

lilly
lilly

Such an informative article! I have very very fine high porosity hair and since adding a protein conditioner weekly has assisted me with length retention. I do a hard protein every six weeks and I am on a role. I use repair me by Curl Junkie and it is on my HG list!

Rashonda
Rashonda

I use Nutress Hair Protein treatment once every month. It works wonders on my hair !!! You ladies should try it. 🙂

Jamelia K. Fynn

A whollllleeee lot!