Definitely hydrolyzed protein – whenever someone asks me what is one of my most favorite hair care ingredients. Nearly two years ago I really got into the hydrolyzed proteins and actually understanding their effect on the hair. Personally, I love haircare that has a mix of great ingredients, especially when it includes proteins. Yet, some people say it does not do much for the hair, whilst I think it does actually help to restore and control hair health.
Quick science behind hydrolyzed proteins
Proteins are very large and in order to make them smaller, they have to be hydrolyzed and cut into short peaces. There are a variety of different hydrolyzed proteins, such as wheat and keratin (the most popular ones), soya, collagen, silk, caviar and several others. They are all different because they have different molecular weight. Therefore, they can perform different functions for our hair.
Why use hydrolyzed proteins?
They can coat the hair and provide protection against heat styling (usually wheat, soya or jojoba). However, they can also get inside the hair and provide more strength and elasticity (silk, keratin, quinoa, caviar). If you are constantly styling your hair, or your hair tangles a lot or your hair is very thin and damaged hydrolyzed protein can really help.
What products to use with proteins?
Whenever I go for products with hydrolyzed proteins I always try to choose a mix. Something that adds protection to my hair but also controls hair strength and elasticity. One of my favorite products is Nexxus serum that is fantastic to use on wet and dry hair. Particularly great if you want to restyle your hair next day but the ends feel dry, this is a great product to use. Another my favorite is Sukin protein conditioner, which has a mix of great proteins. Overall, I like everything that has a good variety of proteins.
Whenever I am choosing haircare products I try to experiment and see how my hair reacts. Therefore, try to play with hair products and see how your hair benefits from the products rich in proteins. Who knows your hair might really love it and then you can feel like those models from TV commercials with super glossy and elastic hair.