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Tiffany writes:
“I want to do a really good protein treatment, but I’ll be honest, I’m not a “naturalista natural”, meaning the DIY mixes aren’t really for me. Does anyone have any brands they can recommend?”

Jamila responds:

The Science of Black Hair explains,

“Protein is what
gives the hair its strength and structure. Hair is about 70% keratin
protein by nature. There are a wide variety of proteins that serve
different functions and roles in hair care. Some enhance elasticity,
while others reduce it. These proteins bind to the hair cuticle and help
temporarily rebuild any weakened areas. Protein-based products
reinforce the hair shaft, and help it remain strong enough to fight
Some proteins are
stronger than others, but daily or even weekly use of even the milder
protein treatments may result in an imbalance between the protein and
moisture levels within the hair strands in some people. This is where
product percent composition really plays an important role. For example,
every product that contains keratin protein is not going to feel the
same way across the board, and every product that contains glycerin or
water is not going to feel the same either! The protein in question
could make up 30% of the product or 0.3%! Who knows! You have to play
around with different products to know how strong they are on your
particular hair. Your hair protein tolerance will vary from product to
product, not necessarily protein to protein.
Protein is found
most prevalently in products like instant conditioners (bargain brands
like Suave and V05), leave-in conditioners, protein reconstructor
conditioner treatments, and even some moisturizers.”
Some good protein products to try are:

Shampoos- Mane N Tail Shampoo, Motions Lavish Shampoo

Conditioners-Motions Moisture Silk Protein conditioner, Aubrey Organics GPB

Leave Ins/Other Products-
Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor, Aphogee Treatment for Damaged
Hair, Aphogee Green Tea Reconstructor, Infusium 23 Leave In Conditioner,
Nexxus Emergencee, Nexxus Keraphix, Motions CPR, Cantu Shea Butter
BreakCure, Cantu Shea Butter GrowStrong, Profectiv Breakfree
Moisturizer, Profectiv Megagrowth Moisturizer, Elasta QP Mango Butter
Moisturizer, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Mane N Tail Conditioner, Garnier
Fructis Long and Strong, Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Hair Mayo, Got2B
Soft 1 Minute Emergency, Rusk Sensories 60 second Revive, ORS
replenishing pak, Garnier Fructis Long N Strong

Leave Ins/Other Moisturizers: Kenra
Daily Defense leave in conditioner mist, Dove Intense Moisture Mist,
Salerm 21 leave in conditioner, Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil
Moisturizer, Neutragena Silk Touch Leave In Conditioner
Do you all do protein treatments? What do you use?

CN Says:
I LOVE Aubrey’s GPB Balancing conditioner… it’s hands down my favorite light protein treatment ever.  Also, if you’re looking to go the all natural route, you have the option of using the incredible edible egg or even yogurt… or mixing the two!  I don’t do egg treatments but I’ve done yogurt treatments with great success!  Strong yet soft and moisturized hair.