Your hair is approximately 91% protein. Constant treatment with chemicals and use of heat causes problems with the protein and that’s where protein treatment comes in.
Protein treatments are supposed to replenish proteins that were lost in the hair. You can decide to buy protein treatment creams or make your own.
Personally, I love DIYs because I know exactly why I am using what and I make sure I use the necessary ingredients. Plus, it’s very affordable because you’re using products from your kitchen. All you need is the extra oils and other products that you probably already have.
Before deciding to do a protein treatment, you should observe the following:
1. Your hair doesn’t snap back to its original curly form after stretching
2. Excessive dryness and breakage
3. You’ve added some chemicals to your hair or used too much heat
If your hair ticks all these boxes, it’s time for your protein treatment. Check out these DIY protein treatments to take advantage of.
Note: You can change the oils suggested here and use the ones available to be used. A number of oils to explore are Coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, Argan oil and baobab oil among others.
As to whether or not to shampoo before the protein treatment, I advise that if your hair is really dirty and you have a lot of product build up, you should wash with shampoo first and then do the protein treatment.
1. Egg and Coconut oil protein treatment
This is my go-to DIY treatment. It’s really simple to do. Break the eggs into a bowl and add your coconut oil. Mix it up and apply to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or polythene to retain heat in the hair. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes then you rinse it out with cool water. You then go ahead and use a conditioner as usual.
Eggs, as you probably know already are rich in protein and the coconut oil penetrates the hair follicles and repairs the strands from inside.