Our hair needs to have the right combination of nutrients, proteins and oils to keep roots healthy and strong. Weak hair that frequently breaks due to excess heat styling or hair that has been chemically treated may require a protein conditioner to nourish it and bring back its healthy shine. In this article we describe the basics of protein conditioners, discussing why they are needed and how to use them to make sure you get the best results possible.
How does a protein treatment work?
A protein treatment creates a protective barrier around the hair follicle by hardening the cuticle layer. Protein treatments contain protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and this is how the protective layer is formed.
There are various types of protein conditioners and the condition and type of your hair will determine which one you need. The four types of protein conditioner treatments include reconstructors for severely damaged hair, deep penetrating treatments for moderately damaged hair, and protein packs and light protein treatments for slight damage and routine treatments.
What are the benefits of protein hair conditioner?
Protein hair conditioners help strengthen hair follicles that have been damaged and bring limp hair back to life. They can even mend split ends temporarily until the hair naturally repairs itself.
Of course, some hair types will require more protein treatment TLC than others but to get the best results from protein treatments, ensure you read the packaging, following the instructions on it carefully. Ensure you buy the type of treatment that is complimentary to your hair type and condition as this will give you the best results.
If your hair is quite badly damaged or styled regularly, we recommend using a protein treatment once a week. This should protect your hair follicles from more damage happening whilst repairing any existing damage. For hair that is slightly damaged and relaxed, use a protein treatment once per month. Hair with little or no damage will still reap the benefits of a protein treatment at least once every two months; this will help keep it strong and shiny.