Demystifying protein-based/strengthening hair products can be tough some times because hair product labels can be confusing. Even the list of ingredients can be misleading because protein ingredients will be list on intensive protein treatments, mild reconstructors, deep conditioners AND moisturizing conditioners. If you use heat on your hair and/or perform chemical services (i.e. color, relax, etc). You should consider incorporating some form of protein-based hair product(s) into your hair regimen because these processes will inevitability result in the loss of the moisture and protein naturally occurring in your hair. Proteins are essential in maintaining your hair’s protein/moisture balance. They restructure the hair shaft to add strength, structure and/or elasticity to the hair. However, certain proteins are most often used for their ability to increase the hair’s absorption of moisture. Below is a list of the different types of proteins you will likely encounter on the ingredients list of your hair products.
Gentler/Moisture Boosting Proteins*:
*Some times you will see that the word “Hydrolyzed” will come before some of these proteins and/or “amino acids” in the place of the word protein. It means that the protein has been broken down into its component parts for more effective/easier penetration into the all 3 layers of the hair shaft (i.e DEEP conditioning).
Shopping Tip: The higher the protein is listed on the ingredients list, the more of it there is in the product compared the ingredients that are listed after it. Below are some products and their protein ingredient(s).
Strong Protein Treatments for Extremely Damaged Hair:
Moderate to Mild Protein Reconstructors:
Elucence Extended Moisture Repair Treatment (Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk)
Silk Elements MegaSilk Intense Conditioning Mayonnaise (Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk Amino Acids)
Deep Conditioners with Gentle/Moisture Boosting Proteins:
LeKair Cholesterol (Collagen Protein)
Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment (Hydrolyzed Collagen)
Motions Naturally You Deep Conditioning Masque (Silk Amino Acids)