What Is A Light Protein Treatment And When Do You Need One?

What Is A Light Protein Treatment And When Do You Need One?

I suppose by now most of you are aware of the importance of protein in your hair regimens. If you are not then these articles herehere and here are essential reading for you.

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 shampooconditionerleave 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…

Originally posted 2014-03-16 15:00:52.

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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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Comments

  1. Toy Jaynell
    Toy Jaynell

    Aphogee really helps the hair to grow but it’s hard to get that moisture back in your hair

  2. Deaseree Cole
    Deaseree Cole

    Hydrolized Wheat Protein is the only “true” protein that is small enough to bind to the hair shaft. You can add it to your fav conditioner!

  3. Zelekah McClam
    Zelekah McClam

    The apogee one is a conditioner meant to be used after you do the actual protein treatment which is a separate product. The apogee treatment is pure protein. You apply it and sit under a lukewarm dryer until it hardens. After it hardens it is rinsed out and the product shown is applied to put the moisture back. The treatment is very strong so it protects the hair for up to 4 weeks and should never be done after a relaxed. This pic is deceiving because there is a great difference between a conditioner and a treatment. The apogee 3 step process starts with the apogee shampoo for damaged hair.

    1. Tauquilla

      The Aphogee 3 step treatment worked for me when I had a relaxer. It really does add the moisture back to your hair. I think I will try it on my natural hair. It also good for breakage.

    2. BlackHairInformation.com

      Many ladies use the term ‘light protein treatment’ when they mean light protein conditioner. I’m pretty sure that I explained in the post that hard protein treatments are different. The picture is just supposed to be an illustration on what to look for in the ingredient list 🙂

  4. Chrischell Denim-ink Smith
    Chrischell Denim-ink Smith

    Zelekah McClam I tried that aphogee 2 step protein treatment that you’re talking about…I never used the keratin 2 min reconstructor after because i don’t think it’s to be used in conjunction with the hard protein treatment. The aphogee 2 step protein treatment comes with a system and it’s the official protein, the balancing moisturizer (in the purple bottle ) and the shampoo for breakage. The 2 min keratin treatment is a light protein that’s Ok to use weekly or as needed depending on how severely damage the hair is…. I love them all but it can be pricy!

  5. Jessica Smith
    Jessica Smith

    I use the aphogee with a little conditioner, oils and water daily mix in a bottle. I think it has help my hair become stronger over a longer time and it help with growth too.

  6. Nicole Hunter

    IOk so I’m relaxed, but i only use natural products or mostly natural products therefore neither of these products make the cut for my hair. Any suggesstions?

  7. Mocha B Williams
    Mocha B Williams

    Protein is good but has anybody checked out what those other ingredients are like disodium or dmdm hydantoin might be worth checking out

  8. Zelekah McClam
    Zelekah McClam

    I am a hairstylist, so I do know the difference. Treatments and conditioners are totally different and should be explained as such. Just like a black woman saying that they want a perm when they should be saying relaxed. And to the person who suggested just putting an egg in your hair, the protein should be mixed with other things to balance it out. Would you put an egg and some oil on your sandwich and call it mayonnaise? Whipped eggs and oil are the primary ingredients in mayonnaise but it needs just a little more ingredients to make it mayonnaise.

  9. Lisa

    I used the 2 minute miracle two weeks in a row to reduce shedding and it did nothing for me. It wasn’t until I did a black tea rinse two weeks in a row that my shedding was significantly reduced!

    1. Laquayva Anthony
      Laquayva Anthony

      That’s the heavy duty one called the 2 Step. The 2 minute is the lighter one. Try it! They’re both great and work wonders

  10. Lateisha Hill
    Lateisha Hill

    Not all alcohol is bad the ones in both of these products are considered good fatty acid based alcohols

  11. Rasheda Mcghee
    Rasheda Mcghee

    Ladies can u use the sit under dryer as a steamer, is it as simple as putting a shower cap on to get the steam effect with a deep conditioner? New to Natural & trying hard not to go back to the perm …. BUT

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