Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Hair is made up of many different molecules, including amino acids and essential fatty acids. As hair is weathered and exposed to damage, and some of the molecules get eroded away, and the hair shaft has gaps in the stucture,
Protein treatments helps to fill the amino acids needs. An oil or rich moisture treatment fills in the essential fatty acids gaps.
What does your hair need ?
The basic rules:
If you need to do both, do the protein treatment first, and follow it immediately with a moisture treatment.
If your hair just needs protein, follow it up it a moisture treatment anyway, since protein tends to leave the hair brittle and rough. The moisture treatment should counteract it.
Protein treatments should not be done too often. Some people like them once a week (usually those that have protein-depleted hair from dyeing, bleaching, relaxing, etc), but others do not tolerate them more often than once every two months. Signs of protein overdose are dryness, roughness, and crazy tangles. Try it out and see what works for you.
Moisture treatments can be done regularly.
I will be writing more on moisture and protein treatments !!! Stay tuned, and enjoy your last days of 2008 !!!
Photo: anniversaryselfportrait by danske
You might also want to read:
* Hair diagnosis: what does your hair lack ?
* DIY protein hair treatment
* How to tell if a conditioner has protein in it ?
* Clarify your hair to remove product build-up
* SLS in shampoos
* How to shampoo: the ultimate guide !
* Hair rise & gel from Linseeds
* more *
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