By Chinwe of Hair and Health
Protein conditioners are not exactly a necessity for most naturals, but some of us do need them, especially if we color, manipulate, or flat iron our hair regularly. The challenge that is then faced is finding the right protein conditioner, and those that are recommended for relaxed hair may be too harsh for our natural strands. If you are searching for the right protein conditioner, perhaps you will find it here:
1. ApHogee Keratin 2‑Minute Reconstructor – for mild breakage and/or color-treated hair
WHAT’S IN IT: Hydrolyzed hair keratin (protein) and hydrolyzed mucopolysaccharides (may form complexes with proteins) are among the top ingredients. The combination of these substances with the remainder of the reconstructor will help to temporarily reinforce the hair strand without making it too hard.
WHY APHOGEE: This particular reconstructor is a favorite of some naturals who have color treated their hair and/or are experiencing mild breakage. While the ApHogee 2‑step Protein Treatment is too harsh for these naturals, the ApHogee 2‑Minute Keratin Reconstructor is just right due to the product formulation.
2. Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner – for damp detangling and/or heat styling
WHAT’S IN IT: Amodimethicone (silicone), cyclopentasiloxane (silicone), and hydrolyzed keratin (protein) are in the top seven ingredients. The silicones make detangling easier while helping to reduce breakage. The hydrolyzed keratin can help to strengthen the hair shaft until the next wash.
WHY TRESEMME: If you are purchasing this conditioner to “fix” your split ends then you may be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a light protein conditioner to reduce breakage during manipulation then this one may be for you. The inclusion of silicones and hydrolyzed keratin make Tresemme Split Remedy an ideal conditioner for naturals who detangle on damp hair or regularly straighten their hair with heat.
3. Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Pak – for strength without moisture loss
WHAT’S IN IT: Hydrolyzed collagen (protein) is the fifth ingredient in this product and helps with elasticity. Glycerine (i.e., glycerin, a humectant) and olive oil are also among the top five ingredients.
WHY ORGANIC ROOT STIMULATOR: This conditioner imparts moisture and strength via the formulation of ingredients. It is ideal for naturals who want to reinforce their strands but also want to retain their moisture and suppleness.
Ladies, what protein conditioners do you use? Share your favorites!