Hair needs a balance of protein and moisture to be strong and healthy. Since protein makes up approximately 91% of your hair strand, it is required to prevent chronic breakage. All protein on the human body is made up of amino acids. Amino Acids have been shown to strengthen the hair and improve its porosity by filling the gaps in the hair’s outer cuticle, which provides additional protection to the inner hair fiber. This amino acid “shield” also increases the hair’s ability to retain moisture. Many women who use amino acids report shinier, smoother hair after heat styling, increased curl definition and stronger, more manageable hair.
WHICH PROTEINS SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
Hair that’s lacking protein can feel brittle or break easily. You may want to do a protein treatment if:
Wet one of your shed hairs, then hold each end of the hair and stretch it.
If you discover that your hair does need more protein, you should do a protein treatment the next time you wash your hair. I recommend Terrene Fusions Replenishing Deep Conditioner. It contains 16 vegetable amino acids derived from non-GMO soybeans, silk amino acids, molasses and hydrolyzed wheat protein, which work together to strengthen the hair and improve moisture retention. It also contains slippery elm for easy detangling, and moisturizers like castor oil and aloe vera.
I recommend doing protein treatments once a month or less, depending on your styling habits and protein sensitivity. Those who use heat should use protein more frequently to decrease the likelihood of getting heat damage. If you find that your hair needs more moisture, you should do a deep conditioning treatment. I deep condition my hair every 1-2 weeks.
I hope that you found this information helpful! I will dive deeper into other causes of breakage in my next post. If you have any questions or suggestions for a new topic, please leave them below.
Do you struggle with breakage? How often do you use protein?
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