Pro­tein –name­ly whether or not we should add it to our hair — is a hot top­ic among nat­u­rals. Jc of the Nat­u­ral Haven is here to guide us through this top­ic.

By Jc of The Nat­u­ral Haven

There is a lot of buzzing about pro­tein treat­ments and what they can do for hair. To sum­marise it, pro­tein treat­ments are known to tem­porar­i­ly repair and strength­en hair. They do this by fill­ing up gaps in the cuti­cle and if of a suf­fi­cient­ly small size can also pen­e­trate to the cor­tex.(Jour­nal of Cos­met­ic Sci­ence, pg69-87, 1993).

For nat­u­ral hair dam­age tends to come from nor­mal weath­er­ing — wash­ing, dry­ing, comb­ing, heat use etc.  Col­or treat­ed nat­u­ral hair and relaxed hair can suf­fer from more cuti­cle dam­age.



1. Does coconut oil con­tain pro­tein

No it does not.  I repeat, no coconut oil does not con­tain pro­tein. Oils are pressed out of seeds, in the case of coconut oil, heat­ing up the flesh and strain­ing it out. The oil is very eas­i­ly sep­a­rat­ed from the flesh once heat­ed using a sieve.

The straw like feel some peo­ple find with coconut oil is usu­al­ly relat­ed to using too much pro­duct because coconut oil is not as vis­cous as oth­er oils . Hard­en­ing of the hair is relat­ed usu­al­ly to tem­per­a­ture because coconut oil solid­i­fies at a fair­ly low tem­per­a­ture so a cold win­ter breeze can stiff­en hair very fast.

Some peo­ple (like me) love coconut oil, oth­er peo­ple just do not. It is a bit like mar­mite, if you find that even using less does not help ( see the fin­ger­tip tip ), just leave it!

2. Does coconut milk con­tain pro­tein?

Yes coconut milk does con­tain pro­tein. Coconut milk is made from sus­pend­ing the flesh in water and may con­tain bits of the flesh. How­ev­er this pro­tein is usu­al­ly not hydrol­ysed (yep hydrol­ysed again). Pret­ty much like eggs, it is unlike­ly to be as effec­tive as a hydrol­ysed pro­tein.

It is the mar­mite sto­ry for coconut milk — if you like its effect use it, if you don’t just leave it!

3. Do pro­tein treat­ments stop hair shed­ding?

No, there is a dif­fer­ence between hair shed­ding (i.e hair with a bulb com­ing out of the fol­li­cle) and break­age (i.e hair break­ing off  due to han­dling). At times you can con­fuse the two but look­ing for a bulb is always the way to tell the dif­fer­ence. Hair shed­ding is a pro­grammed event it is not changed by pro­tein treat­ments. Break­age on the oth­er hand can be stopped tem­porar­i­ly.

4. Does nat­u­ral hair require pro­tein treat­ment?

There is no harm in try­ing it out if you want to. The worst thing that can hap­pen is that you hate it and have to wash your hair all over again.

If you use heat fre­quent­ly, reg­u­lar­ly wear your hair in styles that require comb­ing or colour treat your hair, a pro­tein treat­ment may be quite use­ful.

5. Is a plant based pro­tein source lighter than an ani­mal based source?

No. It is more impor­tant to assess how the con­di­tion­er makes your hair feel. Many blog­gers, vlog­gers etc warn peo­ple on how to spot pro­tein but for­get to men­tion that you should real­ly look for where it is on the list. If if is after the first five ingre­di­ents there is prob­a­bly not much in the bot­tle.

Addi­tion­al­ly there are no prod­ucts that tell you how hydrol­ysed the pro­tein is (read this post to find out why pro­tein has to be bro­ken up — or hydrol­ysed to be use­ful). In short ‚ pun intend­ed, if the pro­tein is not of the right small size (and it does vary accord­ing to pro­tein) it may not give your hair the desired effect.

There­fore, com­par­ing Aphogee with its ker­at­in pro­tein in the first 5 ingre­di­ents to Gio­van­ni with its soy pro­tein list­ed as the 17th ingre­di­ent is just unre­al­is­tic. Use the pro­duct and if you don’t like it either on its own or in com­bi­na­tion (For exam­ple a fol­low up con­di­tion­er or leave in or oil) then just try some­thing else.

Ladies, do you use pro­tein treat­ments? What’s your pro­tein treat­ment reg­i­men, and how does it ben­e­fit your hair?
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I love, love, love the ApHogee Pro­tein Treat­ment and I have been using it since I was a lit­tle girl. It stinks but it is amaz­ing!

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Soy pro­tein refers to the pro­tein that is found in soy­beans that is often used to replace ani­mal pro­teins in an individual’s diet. The soy­bean is a legume that con­tains no cho­les­terol and is low in sat­u­rat­ed fat.^^;*

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I have a ques­tion whats the dif­fer­ence between a light pro­tein treat­ment and a deep pro­tein treat­ment?


Yes, I want to know! Some­one please answer or refer us to a link! Thank you!!


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Infor­ma­tive arti­cle I use pro­tein feed sham­poo and con­di­tion­er( blue bot­tle), it works won­ders but just like any oth­er pro­tein pro­duct it can cause break­age. I used to use it on every wash but noticed break­age then I start­ed using it once a mon­th then now I rarely use it. I eat more of pro­tein the­se days so I don’t real­ly see the need of using pro­tein treat­ments at a speci­fic time.  Can you replace the pro­tein treat­ment with a rich pro­tein diet? This is what I did and my hair is fine but I would just like to here some­one… Read more »

You men­tioned shed­ding (hair com­ing out with the bulb at the end)–what can be used to stop that? I want to check my iron lev­els because I’m ane­mic and believe that may have some­thing to do with it but I’ve just start­ed using the Palmer’s Pro­tein pack, hop­ing that it would help but you stat­ed that pro­tein is not relat­ed to shed­ding.


Pro­tein Treat­ments real­ly make a BIG dif­fer­ence in your hair!! I can def­i­nite­ly speak from expe­ri­ence. Nutress Hair Pro­tein Pack treat­ment has made my hair much stronger and I start­ed notic­ing less break­age imme­di­ate­ly. I love this stuff:)


Great Arti­cle! I would like to sug­gest Nutress Hair Pro­tein Pack Con­di­tion­er. It works real­ly great on my hair and its not too harsh. I use this once every two weeks to keep my hair strong. I love it :)

Do not lis­ten to this arti­cle if you want your hair. There is pro­tein in near­ly every black hair care pro­duct which even­tu­al­ly caus­es the hair to break. Do your home­work, White hair care prod­ucts for the most part do not con­tain pro­tein unless some sort of dam­age has occurred or they want vol­ume, etc.: oth­er­wise it is not present in their reg­u­lar sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers. The hair care indus­try is well aware that too much pro­tein on any type of hair will lead to break­age whether it’s sub­tle break­age or major. And it does not mat­ter whether it’s the… Read more »
Shel­lie, I agree with you so much. I’ve been nat­u­ral for 3 years and have been doing my home­work on hair care prod­ucts. Pro­tein is in just about every con­di­tion­er and styling pro­duct on the mar­ket. I often hear wom­en say they are pro­tein sen­si­tive. First ques­tion I ask them is what prod­ucts they are using and if pro­tein is in the prod­ucts. They have no idea if pro­tein is in the con­di­tion­ers or styling prod­ucts. They are prob­a­bly not pro­tein sen­si­tive; may­be their hair is suf­fer­ing from pro­tein over­load. This is why I read the ingre­di­ents very care­ful­ly. I… Read more »

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It works won­ders for my hair. I bleached my hair and also did a bleach bath from dark brown into a dark blonde col­or and I have no break­age.
I’m glad I found this. It is great for my hair makes my hair very strong.