There are so many ingredients in our food, body, and hair products that
we cannot readily comprehend or even pronounce. They sound complicated
and seem scientific for day-to-day usage, and some women have chosen to
avoid these long scientific words entirely by sticking to natural
products and ingredients. That is certainly a viable route, but it is
important to be knowledgeable about even these natural ingredients so
that you can make informed decisions about what you're placing on your
hair and body.
Take for example, the popular eggs and mayonnaise treatments you have probably heard of, maybe even tried.
"The protein in eggs are too large to fit into the hair shaft."
Common hydrolyzed proteins:
The protein in eggs has amino acids that are too large to fit into the
hair shaft and bond properly. Mayonnaise possesses a lot of lubricating
oils so if you've tried this treatment you've probably experienced
softer hair, but the benefits of the eggs in mayonnaise are lost on your
hair as they too have not been hydrolized. Proteins must by hydrolyzed
or broken down so that the amino acids will be small enough to fit,
bond, and provide the hair with strength through temporarily repairing
Although the word "hydrolysis" may sound complex and unnatural, it is a
process that can help prolong the health of your ends and overall health
of your hair.
What is Hydrolysis?
Hydrolysis is the decomposition that changes a compound into other
smaller compounds by taking up the elements of water. In other words,
the compound has undergone a chemical breakdown due to a reaction with
water, which is conducted by cosmetic chemist in a lab. By hydrolyzing
the protein it becomes small enough to fill into the cracks of your
THE BENEFITS OF HYDROLIZED KERATIN PROTEIN
90% of your hair is keratin protein. The protein we consume aids in
creating keratin protein for your skin and hair, and once the hair
emerges from its follicle what you consume no longer affects its
appearance. Here’s where we see the damage as a result of our
manipulation from styling, maintenance, heat usage, sun exposure,
weather elements, and dyes. We can temporarily replace that chipped away
keratin using hair products containing the smaller, hydrolyzed proteins
that absorb into the hair’s cortex and fills in those chipped spaces.
Keratin is the strongest protein found in hair products and it will
strengthen all layers of the hair in the cuticle, cortex, and medulla.
Hydrolyzed protein is important because it penetrates the hair shaft and
reduces the breakage. Due to the moisture binding capabilities of
hydrolyzed keratin protein, your hair's moisture content increases and
restores your hair’s body, luster, and manageability.
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein (most popular in hair products)
- Hydrolyzed oat protein
- Hydrolyzed silk protein
- Hydrolyzed soy protein
- Hydrolyzed quinoa
- Hydrolyzed collagen
A lot of these hydrolyzed proteins are found in protein treatments and
deep conditioners. Although they are great for your hair, you don’t want
to use them too often as too much protein can make your hair brittle
and break. Products with hydrolyzed protein can be incorporated into
your regimen about once a month (or less if you don’t do a lot of damage
to your tresses).
WHAT HYDROLYZED PROTEIN WILL NOT DO
This isn’t the magic ingredient that will eliminate the need for trims.
Also, hydrolyzed keratin protein is not a permanent fix for damaged hair
or split ends. The protein is merely temporarily attached to the hair,
and will eventually rinse away. These products will only decrease the
frequency at which you may need a trim, given the damage does not
compromise it’s effectiveness.