Why Do You Need a Protein Treatment?

Your hair is approximately 91 percent protein, and is made up of long chains of amino acids. Harsh chemical treatments, exposure to sun, pollution and lack of proper care can lead to the breaking up of these chains resulting in brittle and dull hair. Since the hair is made up of protein it would only make sense to treat your hair with protein. Proteins are amino acids that account for about 20% of your body’s weight in muscles, skin, bones and hair. One of the main functions of protein is to build, strengthen and repair keratin. Keratin is the material that makes up the outer layer of your skin and is a key component in the structure of your hair and nails.

To grow new hair, your body must produce amino acids. Consuming the right amount of protein in your daily diet will give your body what it needs to stimulate new hair growth. According to the US Department of Agriculture, an adult woman should consume at least five ounces of protein per day, or more if you exercise. Healthy protein sources are lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and soy products.

A protein treatment has different protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer. This places a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage. There are four types of protein conditioner treatments: protein packs, reconstructors, deep penetrating treatments, and light protein treatments. The hair’s current condition will decide the type of protein conditioner needed for treatment. Use a reconstructor for severely damaged hair. For moderately damaged hair, use a deep penetrating treatment. For slight damage and routine treatments, use protein packs or light treatments.

Some hair types will need more protein treatments than others. For slightly damaged hair, a treatment once per month is more than adequate. For severely damaged hair or hair that is often styled, a treatment once per week will protect the hair follicles from further damage and help repair any current damage. Natural hair that has little to no damage would still benefit from a protein treatment at least once every two months to keep up the hair’s natural strength and shine.
Women with relaxed or color-treated hair need more protein than others. If you are relaxed or color-treated, those processes have compromised the protein structure of your hair.

During regular maintenance of your hair such as shampooing, you will naturally lose a small percentage of protein each time. Your hair regimen should minimize and replenish the loss of protein. It is also important to eat protein rich foods. Finer hair textures and women with relaxed or color-treated hair need more protein than others.

It can be beneficial to incorporate protein treatments into your routine every four to six weeks if your hair is “normal” or every two weeks if you are trying to repair damage from heat, color processing or split ends. However, if you are experiencing excessive dryness, protein treatments may not be your solution. You may need a hydrating mask or conditioning treatment.

Make your appointment for your protein treatment at Juldan Salon today!