Hair is composed almost entirely of keratin: a tough, fibrous protein that also makes up your nails and top layer of skin. Unfortunately, the hair's protein structure can become damaged from procedures such as chemical relaxing, permanent waving and coloring. Environmental stressors like sun, wind and chlorinated water can also weaken and damage the hair's protein structure. Protein-reconstructing conditioners can temporarily strengthen the hair, repair cuticle damage and reinforce the hair's keratin protein structure. Adding keratin to the hair is as simple as using one of these special protein treatment conditioners.
Rinse your hair under warm water for two to three minutes to remove dirt and debris.
Apply a keratin protein-based shampoo to your hair and work up a lather. Thoroughly rinse the shampoo from the hair. If your hair is especially dirty, repeat the process.
Apply a keratin protein reconstructor to the hair. Focus attention on treating the ends.
Put the plastic shower cap or conditioning cap on your head.
Allow the protein reconstructor to process with heat under a hooded dryer.
Follow the application instructions for the protein reconstructor product you chose to determine how long the treatment should remain on your hair.
Remove the plastic cap and rinse the protein reconstructor from your hair thoroughly with cool water.
Apply a moisturizing conditioner to the hair. Put the shower cap on again and process the hair under your hooded dryer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse the conditioner from your hair thoroughly in cool water.
Towel-dry your hair, taking care not to scrunch or rub it excessively.
Section the hair with your fingers and spray a leave-in conditioner on each section. Carefully begin to detangle the hair with your fingers. Finish detangling the hair with a comb.
Air-dry your hair, then style it as desired.
- Look for keratin protein products that contain hydrolyzed keratin. Hydrolyzed keratin has been shown to greatly reduce damage from chemical treatments.
- Protein reconstructors are beneficial to your hair, but using too many protein-based products can lead to brittleness, dryness and breakage.