Why Does Hair Need Protein?
About 95% of hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Proteins are macromolecules formed by amino acids that provide structure, shape, and strength which in turn add volume to overall hair mass. Incorporating protein into your diet and hair care routine will replenish the strands, keeping them strong and healthy. Without it, the strands become lifeless, weak, and easily breakable.
How to know if my hair needs protein?
Chemical treatments and daily stress factors such as pollution, the weather, heat, detangling, etc., contribute to wearing away the keratin that forms hair. More specifically, when hair undergoes a chemical procedure like bleaching, the amino acids become a different substance, weakening the strands.
Reinforcing the protein structure of your hair will help restore its health as much as possible, and following a proper hair routine will reduce future damage.
What proteins should I be using in my hair?
There are several protein sources: milk, oats, wheat, rice, quinoa, keratin, soy, etc.
Hydrolyzed proteins have a molecular structure and size that allow for easy bonding with the hair structure.
What are hydrolyzed proteins?
“The process of hydrolysis disrupts the protein structure by breaking down peptide bonds in amino acid chains to generate smaller peptide fragments. This reduces the molecular weight of the original protein.” (Science Direct).
5 Types of Hydrolyzed Proteins
Hydrolyzed Oats Protein - A soluble form of oats that is naturally derived from whole oats. It contains protein and carbohydrates, and forms a coating around the cuticle that gives the hair volume and strength.
Hydrolyzed Keratin - Large protein molecules that are chemically broken down in a way that allows them to penetrate the hair cuticle and help regain hair mass.
Hydrolyzed Corn Protein - Plant-based protein hydrolyzed into smaller fragments to optimize its benefits. It’s primarily composed of amino acids, peptides, and proteins and is extremely beneficial for damaged hair. It improves the traction properties of the hair fibres, particularly when being dried, helping to maintain the hair's elasticity by controlling its loss of humidity; this prevents the hair from breaking. (redenhair.com)
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein - Plant-based protein that makes hair less prone to breakage while also adding volume and texture. Hair is left feeling soft and silky.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein - Plant-based protein that makes hair less prone to breakage while also adding volume and texture thanks to its conditioning properties that are beneficial for hair and also for skin.
The Hair Routine’s Repair Treatment restores hair mass with a unique formulation that includes regenerative ingredients such as vegan hydrolyzed proteins: oats, corn, wheat, soy proteins, and oat amino acids. It helps rebuild broken bonds and strengthen new ones by replenishing the hair with a wide range of vegan proteins including all the ones mentioned above.
How to implement proteins into my hair care routine
The function of a Hair Routine is to recover and keep hair healthy by restoring its essential nutrients. No matter the hair type, all hair requires three elements, working together in perfect harmony, to be at its healthiest: water, oil, and protein.
Additionally, this app allows you to follow up on your routine daily so that your hair’s always balanced with the right nutrients and proteins. Download it, complete the hair test, and set your notifications to stay on top of your hair game.