In most of my articles I talk about hard protein treatments like Aphogee 2 Step but I would also like to address light protein treatments and their place in your healthy hair regimen.
A light protein is nowhere near as dramatic as a hard protein treatment. In essence it is just using a product that contains a little bit of protein that is used during or after your wash. You can include a light protein into your hair regimen with a shampoo, conditioner, leave in treatment or any other product that contains protein in it.
The ingredient to look out for would be hydrolyzed protein(keratin) which is different from other types of protein in that the size of the molecules are much smaller allowing the product to better penetrate all areas of the hair shaft.
Hydrolyzed keratin is especially good because it is the protein that most closely resembles the keratin that our hair is made from so try to go for products that have it in their ingredient list.
The main thing to be aware of when choosing a light protein treatment would be how far up the list of ingredients the protein appears. The higher up, the more protein that the product contains which is an important consideration if you are protein sensitive.
Pictured above, you can see a couple of light protein conditioners to show you how their ingredients compare. On the left is Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor and on the right is Tresemme Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Conditioner.
Of course the most accurate way would be to figure out the exact amount of protein per ounce of product but that would be difficult to figure out as manufacturers usually keep their exact recipes confidential. Still this is a good rule of thumb to follow when trying to find a suitable product to purchase.
So what does it mean and when would you use a light protein conditioner? Read on…