Everyone’s hair is comprised mainly of a protein called keratin, which is produced within the hair follicle. Ensuring your hair receives enough protein is vital for the production of strong, healthy hair, as exposure to hot tools and chemicals can leave it feeling brittle and damaged.
Many doctors agree that the best way to ensure your hair receives an adequate amount of protein is through a balanced diet. High protein foods include chicken, eggs, legumes, tempeh, and greek yogurt. Along with a healthy diet, you can also supplement through certain hair products that contain hydrolyzed proteins.
Hydrolyzed proteins allow the hair to benefit from proteins by breaking them down so they can be absorbed by the hair, as normal proteins are far too large to penetrate the hair shaft. This breakdown is done through hydrolysis, which is a type of chemical reaction. Common hydrolyzed ingredients include: Hydrolyzed Wheat, Silk, Soy, and Keratin protein, and you can find both Hydrolyzed Soy and Pea protein in our conditioner.
If you find that your hair is particularly damaged or brittle, you may benefit from incorporating a protein-rich deep conditioning mask into your routine for added strength and nourishment. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be bad, however, and that overapplying protein-rich products can actually lead to stiff hair, causing further breakage. Only apply additional masks when you find them necessary.