How To Choose The Best Protein Treatment For Your Hair

Common protein options for hair

I can’t say that I’m newly natural, in fact, a more spot on description would probably be “newly enlightened”, but like most newly natural and transitioning ladies I have been diligently studying what my hair has been doing since I’ve started my healthy hair journey.

Needless to say, armed with hours of research on what I need to do to tighten up my regimen, I came to the conclusion that my hair needs some protein especially after I tortured it with my flat iron on New Years Eve (no heat protectant, worst yet, on hair plastered with petroleum jelly) Yikes!

Now wait just a minute, let she that is without sin cast the first stone. That was then (before I was enlightened about the sins of hair care), long ago and far away.

After giving it a few months into the HHJ I decided to do what mama did back in the day; whip up that egg, saturate my hair in it and let it sit under a plastic cap for a bit.

Then I remembered reading somewhere that not all proteins are created equal, so I got to thinking about whether or not I had used the right protein. This led me to do some digging and I found that there are several different types of proteins, each with different functions when applied to hair.

People are constantly complaining that protein makes their hair hard and often attribute it to protein overload, when really the protein that you choose could make the difference between soft and brittle hair.

Sometimes it’s just a case of “too much of one thing, is good for nothing.” For instance, yogurt (commonly used) – Contains large molecules that just coat the outside of the hair. The result? It makes many people’s hair hard!

That is the power of the chunky molecules creating a crust onto the hair since they are too large to be absorbed by some hair types. Imagine that, and I was about to stock up on some Yoplait!

On the other hand, hydrolyzed protein – which is most recommended for those badly in need of a protein fix – is great for those with a good tolerance for protein because molecules are small enough to penetrate hair and increase elasticity.

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Marsha Buchanan

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.



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13 Comments

  1. 1

    Organic root stimulator hair mayonnaise is the BEST.

  2. 2

    eggs make my hair so brittle. it just breaks afterwards

  3. 3

    Phindi Zulu u have to add otger things with it eggs alone is to much protein at one time try doing eggs avocado oil a few drops of essential oils and a little of your normal conditioner….u can use a ph balance strip to test it to make sure its no higher than 5.5

  4. 4

    yea i would put one egg in the organic root mayo, it grew out my dreds like no other

  5. 5

    Gelatin? I’ve never heard of that. Thanks:)

  6. 7

    Thank you BlackHairInformation

  7. 9

    Thanks. I was just on-line trying to research a easy protein treatment.

  8. 10
    Melanie Washington says:

    This is a great example of how every set of hair is different
    I say trial and error until you find the one for you.While my hair loves greek yogurt, might be nice to try out some others,thanks

  9. 11

    Well first I do an ACV rinse followed by Palmers Olive oil shampoo. Followed by yogurt, eggs, honey, Jamacian Castor Oil and motions critical conditioner, mayo, palmers olive oil conditioner all mixed together for a deep conditioner. Despiteany neagtive comments a nay sayer has to say about my regimen, my hair has grown 4 inches in only 2 months. This works great for my 4c hair! :-)

  10. 12

    I use conditioners and treatments

  11. 13
    Shannon Griffin says:

    I have had great results with Greek yogurt, I mix it with some honey, and a bit of a moisturizing deep conditioner of my choice about once a week, and my hair is so soft and curly afterwards, when I tried to use an egg and mayonnaise I felt like both were much to strong for my hair I didnt like the texture afterwards even after I had put moisture back into my hair

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