There must always be a perfect balance in our hair between moisture and protein. Protein gets discussed often for our bodies but our hair needs it just as much and If your hair is limp, mushy and overly moist it needs protein. Our hair is made up of a very hard protein called Keratin and quite often that keratin gets broken down by our manipulation, chemical processes like color or relaxing and the environment. Using a protein treatment periodically is a great way to keep your hair strong and healthy.
Even if you don’t use heat or chemicals, like color, your hair will appreciate the mega-boost from time to time. Check out these 14 we LOVE and think you will love to try.
Pattern Beauty Treatment Mask
Use and love this mask, Pattern Beauty Treatment Mask was inspired by remedies passed down through generations. Their rice water-infused Treatment Mask is a modern take on treating your curls with something special. Luxurious in feel & powerful in performance, this mask delivers slip, curl elongation & definition to coils. Formulated with softening & strengthening ingredients such as Rice Water Ferment & Moringa Seed Extract in a nod to ancestral, at-home remedies, your hair will be left hydrated, silky & pampered. Fragrance: Tracee picked this to be clean & not overpowering. Notes are a soft floral mix of orange blossom & geranium.
A well-known line for black women who look for protein treatments, the ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor is excellent for restoring strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment. This treatment is a concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins excellent for hair damaged by chlorine, hard water and bleaching. Whenever my hair is suffering from hard water as I live in Colorado, I make sure to use this reconstructor to help build up my hair.
Design Essentials RESTORE Vitamin Hair Treatment
Design Essentials® RESTORE Vitamin Hair Treatment, enhanced with HydraStrength Vitamin & Protein Complex, instantly penetrates the hair shaft, fills and soothes the cuticles and restores hair strength from the inside out. Rich blend of conditioners, vitamins, minerals and proteins provides triple conditioning protection: before, during and after chemical service. Visibly fortifies hair leaving it smoother, softer and more manageable. Prevents breakage and protects against damage of over-processed or stressed hair.
This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%*. Certified organic Shea Butter, ultra-moisturizing Manuka Honey and Yogurt in a deep conditioning formula that fortifies weak strands, combating breakage and split ends to leave hair looking smooth and healthy. Leaves hair soft, supple and irresistibly touchable.
ApHogee Two Step Protein Treatment & Balanced Moisturizer
Another amazing protein treatment by ApHogee, ApHogee Two-step Treatment Protein for Damaged Hair is a unique treatment formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring and your will appreciate the effects immediately!
I love this brand’s cowash so very intrigued with their protein conditioner gives natural hair a deep-down hydrating fortifying treatment that is a must for strong, shiny, soft, springy coils and curls. This rich penetrating conditioner is an exceptional composition of extracts of coconut, sugar cane, green tea, apple and lemon, Shea butter, vitamin E and proven hair fortifiers.
This was my go-to protein treatment when first going natural and I still love it! This conditioner nourishes & strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair and have 100% natural ingredients. Nutrient-rich, protein-based GPB rehydrates and re-energizes your hair with glycoproteins to strengthen the hair fiber, repair damage from salon treatments and restore softness manageability and shine.
No matter what I fall in love with later, I ALWAYS go back to this for one of my best treatments. As a matter of fact, I’m in need of one now!
This shampoo helps hair weakened by chemical processes, heat styling and environmental exposure. Part of a three part system, helps repair damage with quinoa protein, while nurturing with rich coconut and babassu-lending new life to hair. This brand is known for being a friend to natural tresses. Haven’t tried this shampoo, but it’s a favorite and I love this line.
This hair mask works in minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks. Formulated with Rosehip, Argan, and Almond Oils, this mask delivers an optimal blend of transformative nutrients to replenish damaged hair and restore a shiny, healthy, and lustrous state.
tgin Miracle Repairx Curl Protein Reconstructor
Tgin Miracle RepaiRx Curl Protein Reconstructor works deep to detoxify hair, removing buildup and strengthening strands by restoring protein in the hair. This gentle formula moisturizes the scalp and smooths the hair cuticle. Promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp. Removes product buildup in hair and scalp and promotes healthy scalp. Restores protein in hair to promote healthy hair growth, shine, and softness.
This once weekly intense luxurious deep hair treatment is the essential weapon for ensuring that your curls regain their healthy shiny bounce week to week. Rich Shea butter and avocado cream oil penetrate for a radiant sheen that reinforces a smooth tangle free curl. Quite simply, your curls just behave better with a weekly dose of Rapid Recovery Treatment.
This deep hair treatment is great for restoring moisture and supple elasticity to damaged, curly, tight curly, kinky or transitioners hair. It’s essential, intense deep treatment is a natural curl’s secret weapon. Instructions: Once weekly scoop out a golf ball sized dollop in your hand. Smooth onto damp curls section by section from the root downward. Run a wide tooth comb through your hair to detangle.
Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner is a nutrient rich daily conditioner, infused with our exclusive blend of oils and marine botanicals including Carrageenan (Red Algae), restores moisture. Added protein fortifies and strengthens protecting hair from color-fade, environmental stressors and future damage.
Hair looks youthful and vibrant. Zanzibar Marine Complex is a blend of Kelp and Carrageenan (Red Algae), rich in polysaccharides, protect and moisturize hair. Black Pearl Protein is a natural marine protein and a symbol of timeless elegance. I’ve heard a ton of great things about conditioner and line.
EDEN BodyWorks Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque
The Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque is a restorative deep conditioning treatment designed to protect hair against damage. Infused with Sweet Almond Oil and Marshmallow Root Extract, this creamy masque smooths out the hair shaft, softening rough, frayed ends. It coats the hair with moisture and nutrients that treat existing damage + protect against future breakage.
Vitamins A, B, and E work together to provide nourishing and strengthening benefits that reinforce the hair’s natural elasticity; this makes the Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque an excellent aid for providing slip while detangling. For best results, section off wet, freshly washed hair.
Curlsmith Bond Curl Rehab Salve
Curlsmith Bond Curl Rehab Salve is an intense pre-shampoo treatment, rich in proteins that target hair bonds to strengthen and repair from the inside out. Hair is made of a keratin structure, which is reinforced by so-called hair bonds. Curlsmith’s Bond Curl targets all 3 types of hair bonds to help restore hair fiber strength. Enriched with proteins to fortify the hair and make it more elastic.
Balancing protein-rich and moisturizing products in your routine is key to strengthen and protect the hair against damage. The more damaged and porous your hair is, the more protein-rich products you should use. Proteins help lock in moisture better so hair looks hydrated, silkier and shiny. Hair feels stronger.
Which ones have you tried or which ones are you eager to give a chance? Share below!