Adding Protein to Hair Relaxer

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Adding protein to hair relaxers is usually not necessary, as they already contain hydrolyzed wheat proteins, but doing a protein treatment prior to the relaxer can help strengthen the hair. Avoid adding too much protein to the hair to prevent drying it out with beauty tips from a professional hairstylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi, I'm Amelia and here to talk to you about adding protein to your hair relaxer. Relaxers usually already have protein in them, what you can do is when you purchase relaxer, I would look on the back of the box or the product and it'll give you a list of ingredients and you're going to be looking for hydrolyzed wheat proteins or some other amino acids, wheat proteins, anything with that sort of saying to it. This has got hydrolyzed wheat protein in it and so does this. That's the one that's going to get into your hair a lot faster. The wheat proteins tend to bond to the hair very easily. Hair is made up of about ninety-one percent protein. So any time you're adding protein to a chemical product, it's again going to impart its way into the hair. When doing a relaxer, sometimes it's great to do a protein treatment prior to the relaxer, and then when the relaxer is over it will really help strengthen that hair. Now you can over proteinize your hair, and you know that that happens when your hair starts to get brittle and dry. So you can be careful with the protein, you don't want to overdo it. But if your hair is breaking or it's very stretchy or spongy, protein treatments will help sort of rebuild that hair structure again. Now remember hair is a dead item, just like your fingernails so you can't heal it per se, but you can make it feel a lot better and cosmetically just look better. So when doing a relaxer I don't necessarily recommend adding more protein to it because they've already got the protein in it that they feel like will work best with the product, but at the end you can then do a protein treatment and that will definitely make your hair feel and look a lot healthier.


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