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?


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The HWP was one of the ingre­di­ents in a hair care sys­tem my styl­ist used in my hair. Left my hair dry with a great deal of break­age, irri­tat­ed, dry itchy scalp and thin­ning. So bad I have to take benadryl. So I believe 2 things: I must be aller­gic and it was much too strong for my hair. Now try­ing to recov­er.


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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Yes! Final­ly some­thing about hair treat­ment.

Moni Tano

I love see­ing black women go about on their nat­ur­al jour­ney and would like to share this with you guys cause I think it’s impor­tant that we keep spread­ing the word and invite our relaxed/ weaved and exten­sioned sis­ters over to the good side: 5 rea­sons why Black Women Must wear their hair Nat­ur­al:

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… Read more »

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.

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,… Read more »

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.


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?

The One
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… Read more »

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.


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…

The Natural Haven
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… Read more »

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 :-)