5 Conditioners for Protein Sensitive Hair
naturals who consider their hair sensitive to protein, the general
advice in seeking out proteins in ingredient labels is to look for three
-amino acid (e.g silk amino acids)
-protein (e.g soy protein)
-hydrolysed/hydrolyzed (e.g hydrolyzed keratin)
This is generally a good guide, but sometimes it may not be easy to spot proteins for example Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Aussie Moist both have glutamic acid which is an amino acid. Tresemme Naturals Nourishing conditioner contains
lauroyl lysine and lysine is also an amino acid. Would you have thought
any of these three products actually included protein elements?
Navigating through the aisles may not be easy, unless you can
recognize amino acids by name. I therefore had a look around current
ingredient labels of popular products and picked out 5 that are protein
free*. Please always read the label of the product you purchase as
manufacturers can switch up ingredients.
1. VO5 moisture milk – Strawberries and Cream
This a popular cheapie for many naturals to use for detangling. I
have included it in the list as I think the ingredients label does not
have any major protein sources. There is soy extract listed but this
generally refers to some fatty acids rather than soy protein so I have
given it the benefit of doubt. However, if you are not as willing to
turn a blind eye, then eliminate it from your rotation should it be a
2. Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
This conditioner has a rich mix of oils in water and aloe juice. The
ingredient label also has a soy extract but it is specified as soy
lecithin which is in direct reference to the fatty acids I discussed
previously. I have therefore more confidence in labeling this particular
conditioner okay for protein sensitive hair.
3. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner
This is a firm favorite among many naturals and this particular
conditioner from the Aubrey Organics range is protein free. It has a mix
of mostly oils, some alcohol and water with a long list of fruit
4. Yes to Carrots Pampering conditioner
Based on the ingredients label, this is a pretty oil rich hair
conditioner. It does have wheat germ oil which is quite different from
wheat protein. Overall, I cannot see any protein or protein derivatives
on this particular product.
5. Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Conditioner
Quite a few of the Giovanni range of conditioners contain hydrolyzed wheat protein e.g Giovanni Smooth as Silk.
The 50:50 conditioner does list soy extract, but does not specify this
as a protein therefore I am happy to suggest it as a possibility for
protein sensitive naturals
*It is always possible to find trace amounts of protein in any
product. The purpose of this list is just as a guide to products that do
not have protein or protein derivatives on the bottle.