Protein treatments can be very beneficial to hair health. They strengthen the hair and help you reach your hair goals. Typically, my protein treatments would be a homemade mixture of ingredients such as yogurt, eggs, bananas, etc. However, earlier this year I stumbled upon a video that explained the difference between my usual homemade protein treatment and a ‘real protein treatment’.
Hydrolyzed wheat protein is considered to be a “real protein treatment” because its protein molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair strands unlike most homemade protein treatments.
I first found out about the “real protein treatment” from watching My Natural Sistas’ video. She referred to the other video from the Green Beauty Channel that explained the difference between doing a hydrolyzed wheat protein treatment versus a homemade mixture.
My Natural Sistas’ Video:
After watching both videos, I decided to purchase a small amount of hydrolyzed wheat protein and give it a try. The first time I tried the treatment, I followed the exact recipe and technique mentioned in the videos. After rinsing out the treatment, my hair initially didn’t feel any different. However, in the days that followed my hair felt both strong and soft.
A couple months ago, I decided to try the treatment again after using a high heat setting to blow dry my hair. Again, I used the same technique and recipe. However, this time my hair felt dry and brittle the following day. Based on prior experiences, I knew that maybe this time the treatment was too strong for my hair. I was little disappointed with my results the second time I tried it, but I still think the treatment did what it was supposed to do.
Overall, I think the treatment is certainly very effective. However, I would use it cautiously. In my opinion, the treatment is best used for extremely damaged hair or to prep your hair for heat use (flat ironing, blow drying, etc). However, if your hair is already fairly healthy or if you have protein sensitive hair, you may want to opt for alternate methods for adding protein to improve your hair’s health. For instance, increasing protein in your diet can also strength your hair. You could also use less of the hydrolyzed wheat protein in your recipe or use the treatment less frequently than you would a regular protein treatment.
Have you tried the hydrolyzed wheat protein treatment? What was your experience like using this treatment?