Protein treatments are an essential part of maintaining the health and strength of hair. Whether your hair is kinky, curly, wavy or straight, you will be able to benefit from a treatment such as this. Many of these treatments can be bought in the store, but they can also, very easily be made at home containing the same benefits.
Protein treatments are basically the use of a protein based treatment to add strength and restore protein to the hair. In case you are unfamiliar with why your hair would need this, allow me to elaborate. Protein is the main structure of the hair. It gives it strength and elasticity. Protein treatments put the protein back in your hair that is lost through relaxing, coloring, frequent heat use and daily styling. How often you do your protein treatments are based on these factors. If your hair is relaxed or color treated, you may need a protein treatment once every two weeks or even weekly, depending upon the damage. If your hair is not damaged you should do a protein treatment at least once a month.
Now that you know the benefits of protein to the hair, here’s how to make your own. Your source of protein will be an egg, 1-2 depending upon the length of your hair. If your hair is neck to shoulder length, one egg should suffice. Longer hair will need 2 eggs. Thoroughly beat the egg into a bowl. Add a natural oil of your choice. Olive oil would be best, but you can use your favorite oil. I like to add coconut oil and olive oil to my mixture. At this point you can apply the treatment to your hair. If you prefer to have a creamy mixture as oppose to the runny mixture, add a conditioner of your choice to the mixture.
Drape a towel around your shoulders and section your hair. Using an applicator brush, liberally apply the mixture to your hair. Start at the root and work your way down to the ends. Pay close attention as you do this and leave no part of your hair untreated.
Once the entire mixture is applied to your hair, allow it to set for 30 minutes to an hour. Do not place a plastic cap on your head. You want the mixture to dry and harden on top of your head. Do not apply heat to your hair. Remember this mixture contains raw egg that will solidify in an attempt to cook and you may find yourself picking egg from your hair.
After the allotted amount of time has elapsed, rinse the mixture from your head thoroughly using lukewarm water. Immediately apply a moisturizing conditioner and allow to set on your head for 30 minutes with a plastic cap. This step is very important, if you do not use a moisturizing conditioner after the protein, your hair will remain hard and will begin to break.