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The Best Protein for Natural Hair?

By January 27th, 202115 Comments

The Best Protein for Natural Hair?

Protein is beneficial for fine hair and for damaged or porous hair, and is used in many deep conditioning treatments. But with so many different types of products that contain protein for hair, which one one do you choose?

  1. Look for hydrolyzed proteins in rinse-off products. These can penetrate hair and add strength and shine.
  2. Collagen is helpful in improving hair elasticity.
  3. Keratin is thought to be strengthening and improves manageability.
  4. Wheat protein adds strength and helps retain moisture.
  5. Soy protein and other plant proteins also have moisture-attracting (humectant) qualities.
  6. Silk protein tends to soften hair.
CN Says;

My curls LOVE Silk Protein (leaves my hair soft, smooth and strong) but hate the hydrolized, wheat, and keratin varieties (leaves my hair rough and brittle feeling).

Does your hair like protein? Which types?


  • Anonymous says:

    I have just bought doo gro mega thick hair intense repair. it contains silk protein, cannot wait to try it and see what the whole sill protein commotion is about.

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  • Anonymous says:

    For me, it varies. Whatever I have in the medicine cabinet or in the kitchen. It could be an egg/mayo/honey prepoo or the aphogee 2 minute reconstructor or Hask no-rinse hair placenta. Speaking protein treatments, I am due for one next week. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use Emergencee by Nexxus for a monthly protein treatment and my hair is awesome and strong. You can apply it while in the shower (3 minutes). I'm not sure about what type of protein it is, but it works for me!

  • Renee says:

    About every week, I mix egg/mayo/greek yogurt with some oils and slather in, baggy and leave it for about 1-3 hours. Then, I rinse out and co wash….. my hair LOVES it! I've been transitioning since October 2010 and It has been growing out wonderfully! I was shedding like crazy before I tried this!

  • MsAkira says:

    I read that the egg & mayo recipe doesn't have long-term effects on hair. Even though they are protein, it's not the right type. Actually, it's too big to fit into the small grooves of the hair allowing the majority of the protein to be rinsed out.

    I have been hearing a lot about aphogee protein treatments.

  • Jo Somebody says:

    I have no idea! I never even thought to separate proteins by type!
    Man! This taking care of your hair business is HARD!

  • SwanLakeLibra says:

    Like CN, my hair loves silk proteins. I can also use soy proteins but in moderation and in small doses. But 85% to 90% of the time is silk proteins such as the SheaMoisture Coconut Hibicus Curl Enhancing Smoothie for twists. The other protein I use weekly is Aubrey Organics GPB Rosemary Peppermint Conditioner (its a protein/moisture balancing conditioner). I also cowash with Giovanni 50:50 Hydrating Conditioner once a month, it has soy protein (soybean).

    For the past 1.5 months I have been using the Aubrey GPB weekly after I shampoo and then I deep condition after the GPB and my hair has been soft, but strong.

  • Anonymous says:

    Joico K Pak Reconstruct ingredients

    Water , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cetyl Alcohol , Glycol Stearate , Ceteth-2 , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth-20 , Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin , Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin , Hydrolyzed Keratin PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol , Thioctic Acid , Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract , Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate , Tocopheryl Acetate , Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil , Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil , Glycolipids , Allantoin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane , Benzophenone-4 , Hyaluronic Acid , Cetrimonium Bromide , Disodium EDTA , PEG-20 Almond Glycerides , Sodium Chloride , Myristyl Myristate , Citric Acid , Glyceryl Stearate , Fragrance , Sorbic Acid , Keratin Amino Acids , PEG , PPG-20 , 23 Dimethicone , Glycerin , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Methylparaben , Propylparaben

  • Anonymous says:

    I have used Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Conditioner (I get it from Ulta), and it is the business.

    Warning, my 4c sisters – it has no slip.

    Anywhoo, I've read that whole egg is great for fragile curls.

    Buuuut –

    Can lumps and clumps remain in 4b 4c coily hair?

    How long before the egg scent fades?


  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, what products do you use that contain silk protein?

  • NaturalDiva says:

    My hair mainly likes wheat protein, and silk protein. These types of proteins just seems to make my hair feel a lot healthier and stronger. I shed a lot less.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair appears to love all types of protein. Thank goodness! Therefore, my hair is relatively strong and I typically shed very little.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair seems to love Plant proteins, one of my favorite is Freeman – Sea Kelp Moisture Conditioner it has vegetable proteins and my hair loveeeees it

  • Anonymous says:

    For months i kept seeing too much breakage even after doing what i thought was all the right stuff. Someone suggested applying a plain 'ol egg once a week so I tried it and made sure i dc with a moisturizing condish afterwards for protein/moisture balance–voila, no more excessive breakage. I've been doing this every week for about a month, so far so good!

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