Protein treatments are an essential part of maintaining the health and strength of all hair types—kinky, curly, wavy, or straight. Many store-bought treatments are available, but you can also whip up an effective DIY version very easily.

Why You Need a Protein Treatment

Protein is the main structure of the hair, providing strength and elasticity. It can be lost through relaxing, coloring, frequent heat exposure, and daily styling. Protein treatments restore protein to your hair. Relaxed or color-treated hair may need a protein treatment once every two weeks or even weekly if the damage is severe. Undamaged hair could benefit from a protein treatment at least once a month.

DIY Protein Treatment

Things You'll Need

Now the fun part: how to make your own. Eggs are a good protein source for this. Use 1 egg for neck- to shoulder-length hair, and 2 eggs for longer hair. Thoroughly beat the egg in a bowl. Mix in a natural oil of your choice—olive or coconut oil are great options. If you prefer to have a creamy mixture, add a squirt of conditioner.

Drape a towel around your shoulders. Liberally apply the mixture to your hair. Start at the root and work your way down to the ends. Make sure to saturate every bit of your hair.

Leave the treatment on for 30 minutes to an hour. Do not wear a cap—the mixture should be exposed to air to dry and harden. Do not apply heat or else the raw egg will cook.

Afterwards, rinse the treatment off with lukewarm water. Immediately apply a moisturizing conditioner and leave that on for 30 minutes. 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.