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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Protein- When Does Your Hair Need More?

There are a lot of hair products that have protein, and a lot of people talking about using or needing protein in their hair. But how do you know when or if your hair NEEDS protein?
Ive been wondering about it lately, so I figured someone else must be too and I decided to tell you all what I found out!
While I was shopping at one of my local beauty supply stores today, C found something she thought smelled good. It just happened to be a product containing protein! There was a little booklet on top of the tub, so I decided to  read it and find out what protein is really about.
 Grab one of your shed hairs that came out during your normal washing/detangling.
Stretch it.

Did it snap right away without stretching at all?  If so, it probably has enough protein, but needs more moisture.

Stretch one of your shed hairs out far.... When you let it go of one end, did the hair return to its original shape (or just about?) If not, it needs protein.

Stretch a shed hair (slowly)... Did it stretch to about 20-30% of its original length then return to something like its original length when you let go of one end?  If so, it is perfect!  You should still check every once in a while to make sure- hair can change fast.

I didn't buy this product, because I decided C didn't need it right now.
I actually usually check C's hair this way when I get done with detangling, just to check the elasticity of her hair.  Even if you're not sure your hair needs protein, I don't see where it would hurt anything to use it anyway!
The protein products I found today were not of high quality, but there is a cheap and easy (natural) way to give your hair a protein treatment at home!    (The best time to do this would probably be hair washing time, since you need to put it in your hair while its damp!)

Just beat 3 eggs with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Completely saturate DAMP hair with the mix, and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.  *I would probably cover the hair with a shower cap!
When the time is up, rinse your hair with cool water. That's it!


  1. Not sure if this provides protien or not but this is a hair mask I use on my daughters hair that really makes it nice and healthy! Mash a ripe banana, add a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix well in a blender and apply the mask to dry hair. Let stand for 30 minutes (with a shower cap), and rinse thoroughly. After washing your hair as usual, the result is hydrated, silky and shiny hair!

  2. I have heard of that too... I cant remember what is supposed to be for either! :/
    But that sounds like a good mask too!

  3. Thanks for this post I have wanted to do the test on my daughters hair but and I know this sounds silly wasn't sure what hair to use!! I didn't know if I was supoosed to pull a piece of hair out!! HAHA I will be trying this next time I wash or co-wash/detangle. Thanks!!


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