Protein Treatments 101

The good and the bad about protein treatments for your hair.

Protein treatments can be great for damaged, fragile hair. They fill in the hair shaft and add strength, body and smoothness, but can you ever have too much of these good things? If you have thin, brittle hair that’s prone to breakage, protein treatments may be a good choice for you, but they are not for everyone. In some cases, a moisturizing, deep conditioning treatment is what your hair really needs. People with dry hair often make the mistake of using a protein treatment when really they just needed to add moisture. Protein treatments are better for people who have damaged hair that’s not necessarily dry. Here’s an example of a damaged hair cuticle compared to one that’s healthy… the one on the left could use a protein treatment:

damaged hair vs. healthy hair

When protein treatments go wrong

If you’re going to use a protein treatment, you should be careful not to do it too often. Why? Abusing protein treatments or using them when you don’t really need them can leave your hair feeling hard and dry and even lead to breakage. The most you should ever use protein treatments is twice a month, and that’s only if your hair is very, very damaged.

Protein treatments come in many forms

Most protein treatments can be purchased in salons or beauty supply stores. Here at our Toronto salon, we offer the Peter Coppola Keratin Concept treatment, and recommend the L’Oreal Steampod treatment after every chemical service to repair the hair shaft. And did you know that you can use avocado oil or almond oil as a natural protein treatment? It’s true! My Natural Sistas went as far as making a DIY protein treatment using cream cheese, butter and eggs in the video below!

Which treatment is right for your needs?

Should you use one at all? Your hair stylist will be able to give you some good advice on whether your hair is damaged or dehydrated, and can recommend an appropriate treatment. And pssst… our Peter Coppola Keratin Concept treatments just reduced in price from $350 to $250 for up to 6 months of smooth, luscious locks! To learn more, book your appointment today!

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