I Used a “Real” Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Treatment on My Type 4 Natural Hair

Protein treatments can be very beneficial to hair health. They strengthen the hair and help you reach your hair goals. Typically, my protein treatments would be a homemade mixture of ingredients such as yogurt, eggs, bananas, etc. However, earlier this year I stumbled upon a video that explained the difference between my usual homemade protein treatment and a ‘real protein treatment’.

Hydrolyzed wheat protein is considered to be a “real protein treatment” because its protein molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair strands unlike most homemade protein treatments.

I first found out about the “real protein treatment” from watching My Natural Sistas’ video. She referred to the other video from the Green Beauty Channel that explained the difference between doing a hydrolyzed wheat protein treatment versus a homemade mixture.

My Natural Sistas’ Video:

 

After watching both videos, I decided to purchase a small amount of hydrolyzed wheat protein and give it a try. The first time I tried the treatment, I followed the exact recipe and technique mentioned in the videos. After rinsing out the treatment, my hair initially didn’t feel any different. However, in the days that followed my hair felt both strong and soft.

A couple months ago, I decided to try the treatment again after using a high heat setting to blow dry my hair. Again, I used the same technique and recipe. However, this time my hair felt dry and brittle the following day. Based on prior experiences, I knew that maybe this time the treatment was too strong for my hair. I was little disappointed with my results the second time I tried it, but I still think the treatment did what it was supposed to do.

Overall, I think the treatment is certainly very effective. However, I would use it cautiously. In my opinion, the treatment is best used for extremely damaged hair or to prep your hair for heat use (flat ironing, blow drying, etc). However, if your hair is already fairly healthy or if you have protein sensitive hair, you may want to opt for alternate methods for adding protein to improve your hair’s health. For instance, increasing protein in your diet can also strength your hair. You could also use less of the hydrolyzed wheat protein in your recipe or use the treatment less frequently than you would a regular protein treatment.

 

Have you tried the hydrolyzed wheat protein treatment? What was your experience like using this treatment?

 

13 thoughts on “I Used a “Real” Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Treatment on My Type 4 Natural Hair

  1. When I was researching protein treatments a few years back, I came upon some vital information on how to do them “correctly”:

    – use hydrolyzed protein or a product that has it high on the ingredients list

    – always do it after you’ve cleansed your hair, never after a co-wash

    – always deep condition afterward

    – never do it more often than every 8 weeks

    Needless to say, my protein treatment days are very… *involved*… but at the end I feel like I’ve treated my hair to a Paris vacation :-)

  2. I’ve been wrestling with this question for a while now. Can someone please explain how or why hair, which is a protein itself, needs a treatments? Every time I hear someone say they need a protein treatment, I wonder what they really mean because to me, it’s like saying you’re giving your plants a chlorophyl treatment.

    How can you give your hair something it’s already made of? How does protein absorb protein? How can we be sure that the hair is taking in protein and not actually giving up something when we say we’re treating it? I’d really like to see the molecular science behind protein treatments (effects on the hair, amount of protein absorbed, amount of protein lost, duration of protein effects, etc). The last time I did, my hair came out extremely stiff and took weeks of moisturizing washes, conditioners, and hair products to undo the effects. So I’d really like to know what specifically is happening to hair during these processes.

    • 1. Hair is made up of protein but the visible hair you see is dead and unable to repair itself when damaged.

      2. Hair does not per say ‘need’ protein treatments but they can be used to temporarily repair, strengthen and even help hair hold moisture better.

      3. Some hair can tick along just fine without protein treatments but many moisturising conditioners routinely include some protein or amino acid as standard e.g glutamic acid, silk protein and wheat protein.

      4. Protein usually aDsorbs to hair( with a D)- this means it sticks to the surface and this is why the treatments are temporary, as much as it can stick to hair, it can also be washed or rubbed off

      – You can read this article if you want more details/science
      http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2011/08/protein-treatments-coconut-oil-and.html

      On the main topic,hair only takes very little of the protein from a conditioner, even as low as 0.01%. The starting amount of a 1/3 of a cup is a lot! A half teaspoon is very generous and for most people 5-10 drops is sufficient. The dry feeling experience may be because the excess protein forms a film on hair (much like if you put egg white on your skin and allow it to dry OR if you use a treatment like aphogee or komaza and you can then observe how the protein dries and stiffens on the hair). Using a moisturising conditioner as suggested by the first commenter is the way to remedy it

    • She answers that question towards the end by saying that protein treatments would likely be most effective for those who have damaged hair (like heat damage). I would think that even color-treated hair would need protein treatments since coloring hair weakens it…

    • Just like your body needs water. The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percentwater, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. * A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only a week or so without drinking water. Same with hair needing protein.

  3. I’ve been reading that egg protein is basically useless. Supposedly, its because it only forms a weak bond with hair and when water is applied those bonds are broken and the protein ends up getting washed away. So my question is, isn’t it possible to break down the bonds in egg protein to change the size of the molecules? Think of meat, for example, tenderizing a steak is a process that starts the breakdown of protein, also cooking is another form of denaturing protein. I’m wondering if there a process anyone know of that would be the same for eggs, yogurt milk or any larger moleculed proteins. I have digestive enzymes which has protease but I doubt that’s enough to break it down fully, as other enzymes are involved in protein digestion. I’ve been searching everywhere and can’t seem to find an answer. Thanks!

    • This is an interesting prospect, but I would be concerned about adding something to an egg to break down the protein. How would you stop this unknown additive from continuing to break down the protein molecules once they’ve reached sufficient size as to be absorbed by the hair? In other words, once you’ve added this ingredient, how could you be sure it’s safe to put on your hair without it continuing to break down the protein molecules there as well?

    • no the only way for protein to work to the fullest ability for the hair is if it is hydrolyzed. and that has to be done at a scientific level.

  4. How long in between the first and second uses did you wait? My hair is either deprived of protein or dry. I’m going to try the max-hydration method, but I need an alternative as well. A protein treatment is the next step. I have no speakers to listen to the video if she answered it there already.

  5. I was on the bandwagon. I have fine 4b/c hair and expected the protein to help make my fragile strands stronger. I now know I used too much too often. My hair felt like straw. Because I just knew it wasn’t the protein that was damaging my hair, I made excuses that it was something else. Hard water, my blow dryer, or my diet. So now I am nursing my hair back to health. I have to be careful of how and what products I use. Lesson learned. I’m just sorry years of healthy choices have been messed up due to one misused practice.

  6. I used a hydrolyzed protein product the Aphogee “moisturizing” shampoo and now my hair is FRIED!! Straw-like EXTRA DRY and wiry. Protein overload is Killing my hair! Help what do I do to end this suffering. How do I get my hair back to normal. I have 4c hair and I will NEVER use a protein product again, not after this experience.

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