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Protein Treatments for High Porosity Hair (Learn the Best Type of Proteins to Use)

December 14, 2022

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Verna Meachum

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Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Verna Meachum

There is a plethora of helpful information online to address the best protein treatments for high porosity hair.

While having a list of product recommendations is helpful, wouldn’t it be even more beneficial to acquire the know-how to identify which type of proteins work best for high porosity hair? This way, you can confidently browse through products and make informed decisions.

Armed with this knowledge, it’s easy to make educated choices about which product will be most effective.

So whether you’re looking for a new protein treatment to try or just want to learn more about how proteins can benefit high porosity hair, read on!

What is High Porosity Hair?

Magnified image of a high porosity hair strand.

As customers, we are constantly on the hunt for quick, user-friendly and powerful solutions to cater to our hair care needs. Porosity is one of those concerns that often creates a feeling of uncertainty in us.1-2

It can be confusing to determine the best products and treatments for our hair, especially if we don’t know what porosity is or how it affects us.

Hair porosity describes the physical state of the hair fiber. Hair is a porous material having numerous opening channels across the cuticle layer.3

However, physical abrasion and chemical treatment can increase the magnitude of pores and large empty spaces appear inside the hair cortex.4

With an abundance of opening pores, bigger pore size, and larger space in the cortex matrix, hair is classified as “High Porosity Hair”.

In contrast, “Low Porosity Hair” has comparatively smaller pore density with smaller pore size.

Hairstylists and scientists have determined a significant difference between high-porosity hair and low-porosity hair.

Consequently, these two kinds of tresses require slightly different needs and approaches to their respective haircare regimens.

High Porosity Hair Characteristics

-Higher density of pores 

-Large pore size

-Hair is weak, poor tensile strength

-High frizz

-High water/Moisture uptake

Splits ends

-Easy to break, difficult to comb, manage, and style

-Higher active and dye pigment uptake during coloring, the color result may be different than expected or desired

-Highly sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature

What causes high porosity?

High porosity hair is often a vertically inherited trait, meaning it can be passed down from generation to generation.

Alternatively, you could have high porosity hair as the consequence brought on by:

  • Chemical treatments
  • Bleach
  • Using too much heat styling tools on the hair
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Swimming in chlorinated water or saltwater
  • Rough handling of hair
  • Daily wear and tear
  • Excessive use of sulfates, etc.

The more harmed the cuticle is, the higher its porosity and the less capable it becomes of retaining moisture.

How to Tell You Have High Porosity Hair

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to discern if your hair has high porosity when not caused by a chemical or physical process.

Here are a few tell-tale signs you may have high porosity hair:

  • Your hair dries quickly – in minutes or less.
  • Your hair is easily tangled and prone to breakage.
  • Your hair feels rough, when you run your fingers across a hair strand.
  • Your hair easily absorbs product.
  • Your hair may be very frizzy and resistant to styling.
  • Your hair loses moisture quickly and can feel inherently dry.
  • Your hair absorbs a lot of product, but it doesn’t seem to do anything.

There are also three common methods that exist to assess your hair porosity;

  • Float test
  • Spray bottle test
  • Slide test
  • Sometimes, the stretch test

Although not always precise or dependable, these tests can provide a useful foundation for further exploration.

Benefits of a Protein Treatment

Your hair is composed of keratin proteins that can be severely impacted by the sun, environmental contaminants, inadequate care methods, chemical treatments and heat styling tools.

Furthermore, high porosity hair has a tendency to have larger cuticle openings that can make it difficult for the inner cortex layer of the hair to remain properly hydrated.

This lack of moisture causes your hair to become weak and prone to breakage, split ends and other hair damage.

To best address this, you should consider using a protein treatment to best target the root of the problem.

Protein treatments offer extraordinary benefits to your hair by bridging the gaps and spaces between your cuticles.

By fusing hydrolyzed proteins onto the outside (and inner) layers of the hair, this helps create a smooth surface that seals in moisture while defending against breakage.

Protein treatments can also help to strengthen your hair and promote a better absorption of moisture.

Overall, when looking to treat high porosity hair, the ideal protein treatment is one that repairs the cortex of your strands and reaches deep into each fiber. Furthermore, it should help maintain moisture levels while also providing essential proteins for a healthier look.

Protein Treatments for High Porosity Hair

Protein treatments are a great way to improve the health of your hair. With regular usage, protein can improve hair mechanical strength, prevent breakage, enhance the hair moisture level, as well as boost hair sheen.5

To truly reap the benefits of protein-rich hair treatments, it’s essential to choose the right type of protein and dosage level for your specific hair type.

Since high porosity and low porosity hair have different needs, it is essential to create a tailored care routine that caters specifically to each type. Applying the same proteins won’t work for both types of hair; you must use treatments specially designed for either one or the other.

An ideal protein product for high-porosity hair requires careful examination of proteins added into the formulation.

It is also essential to thoroughly investigate the total dosage and kind of protein added in a product to verify its applicability and suitability for a particular hair type.

To reap the most benefits for high porosity hair, high dosage application can be used to extract maximum benefits.

Products formulated for this purpose should contain protein ingredients in the first five listed on the INCI listing.

High-porosity hair fibers can benefit immensely from the deep penetration of protein molecules, as the goal is to fill in all the gaps within its cortex. Protein fragments are needed for this purpose.

This can be attained through the carefully crafted small protein fragments, which possess a smaller molecular weight and size.

In addition, the chemical makeup of protein is also vital to consider. It’s highly recommended that high-porosity hair fibers use the new generation of functionally modified silicone proteins. These functional protein actives deliver enhanced conditioning benefits. 

If you’re looking for an ideal formula to nourish and strengthen your high porosity hair, check out this list of recommended proteins below.

However, don’t forget: always conduct a test before applying anything new on your tresses to ensure the best reaction!

Best Proteins for High Porosity Hair

• Hydrolyzed Collagen

• Collagen Amino Acids

• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Silicone modified)

• Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Silicone modified)

• Hydrolyzed Brazil Nut Protein

• Hydrolyzed Oat Protein

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Suitable for both Low and High Porosity Hairs)

11 Protein Treatments for High Porosity Hair

Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment 

Contains Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol (siloxane polymer, which is a protein and silicone blend – crafted to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair.)

ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a unique hair treatment that has been used by salons for years to provide longer-lasting and more effective results than regular single step treatments or intensive conditioners.

This powerful formula utilizes activated proteins and magnesium which are fused into the hair with the help of heat. After using this hair treatment, users can expect to see less breakage in their hair for up to 4-6 weeks, making it an ideal choice for those looking for long-term improvements to their hair health. 

This two-step protein treatment can be especially helpful if you’re planning on taking a perm, bleach, straightener, or relaxer. It will also help protect your hair from damage and make sure it doesn’t break during the styling process.

It is also highly recommended for those looking to reduce fading when coloring their hair – 30% less fade after 10 shampoos and truer shades of color are achievable when using this product before coloring. 

In addition to these benefits, ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment can also help those with fine or weak hair that breaks when combed or brushed as well as ‘mushy’ hair that becomes too soft when wet.

Overall, ApHogee Two Step Protein Treatment is a great option for anyone looking for an easy way to strengthen their hair while helping increase its longevity and keeping it healthy over time. The added benefit of reducing fading when coloring makes this an all around great product for anyone looking for better haircare solutions.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Imidazolidinone, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Phytantriol, Magnesium Carbonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dimethylol Urea, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Glycerin, Trideceth-12, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool.

Pros: Strengthens and fortifies hair & reduces breakage.

Cons: If you follow the Curly Girl Method, this product contains silicone.


Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor

Contains vegan-friendly proteins.

Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor is here to save the day for those of us who over-process our hair and need protection.

This penetrating hair reconstructor addresses the damage caused by chemicals, excessive heat styling, and other harsh treatments that can leave our tresses porous, raspy, weak, and dull.

NUTRAFIX™ fixes these problems by infusing protein directly into the hair cuticle which helps to fill in gaps and create a protective barrier from further damage. When used regularly, this product will help to reduce future damage while rebuilding and reinforcing your existing strands. 

It’s made with USDA certified organic ingredients like Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract which is known for its antioxidant properties and helps nourish your scalp for healthier hair growth cycles. 

This deeply penetrative formula works quickly to fix your damaged hair so you can have shiny, healthy-looking tresses without all the fuss. Get ready for renewed strength and shine – this product is sure to give you beautiful results every time!

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, *Betula Alba Extract, *Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, *Achillea Millefolium Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, *Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract. *USDA Certified Organic.

Pros: Free of many of the harsh ingredients found in other products like sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, petrochemicals or animal-derived ingredients. It’s also color-safe & vegan-friendly.

Cons: None


Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment

Contains Keratin Amino Acids.

Formulated with apricot and sunflower oils as well as amino acids, this formula helps fill in cracks in the hair shaft while simultaneously strengthening it and preventing further breakage. Its restorative benefits make it an excellent once-a-month treatment to keep your hair healthy and looking its best.

This is one of my favorite protein treatments of all time.  You will notice a difference after one use!

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopherol Acetate***, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance/Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, *Benzyl Benzoate. *Fragrance Component **Derived from coconut oil. ***sourced from Soy.

Pros: Curly Girl Friendly

Cons. Pricey


Redken Extreme Anti Snap Anti Breakage

Contains Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (siloxane polymer, which is a protein and silicone blend – crafted to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair), Arginine.

Redken Extreme Anti Snap Anti Breakage Leave-In Conditioner is a professional-grade hair treatment designed to protect fragile and brittle hair from breakage.

This deep conditioner helps smooth the cuticle, reduce friction from brushing and prevent further damage to ensure healthy, shiny and resilient locks.

Powered by five different forms of damage protection, this leave-in conditioner fortifies against chemical damage, color treated hair damage, heat protectant styling tools, mechanical damage and surface damage. It also works to intensely nourish and repair your hair for up to 73% less breakage.

This product features a unique formula that not only helps protect your hair from breakage but also infuses it with moisture for improved manageability.

With its gentle yet powerful blend of nourishing ingredients such as Panthenol Pro Vitamin B5, Wheat Protein and Keratin Enzyme Complex, Redken’s Extreme Anti Snap Anti Breakage Leave-In Conditioner is perfect for all hair types – especially those that are prone to breakage due to heat styling or over-processing.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Amodimethicone, C13-14, Isoparaffin, Isopropyl Myristate, Parfum/ Fragrance, Laureth-7, Xylose, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Trideceth-6, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Arginine, Citric Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Benzyl Benzoate, Quaternium-33, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol.

Pros: It’s effective.

Cons: Contains silicone. If you follow the Curly Girl Method, this is not for you.


Redken Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Reconstructing Rinse Out Treatment

Contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein.

Redken’s Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Reconstructing Rinse Out Treatment is a professional hair treatment specifically designed to strengthen distressed, brittle hair without adding any unnecessary weight. It is also another favorite treatment of mine because it really works!

This intensive rinse-out treatment instantly boosts the power of distressed and damaged hair, making it more resistant to breakage. Additionally, this product also helps prep the hair before chemical services, providing an extra layer of protection against future damage. 

The unique formula of Redken’s Extreme CAT features the brand’s Strength Complex, which helps restore the strength of weakened strands while preventing further harm.

This complex contains proteins that penetrate deep into the hair structure and help reinforce its inner core. The presence of wheat protein also helps improve elasticity and prevents breakage from excessive heat or styling.

Furthermore, this advanced formula does not contain any unnecessary ingredients such as silicones that can weigh down fine or limp hair types. 

Overall, Redken’s Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Reconstructing Rinse Out Treatment provides an excellent way to add immediate strength and prevent breakage in already fragile hair.

It is ideal for those with chemically treated or overly dry and damaged locks who need a quick fix solution that will not make their hair feel heavy or lifeless.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Magnesium Sulfate, Laureth-23, Taurine, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Arginine, Lysine Hydrochloride/Lysine Hcl, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol (D50156/2).

Pros: No silicones. Works quickly.

Cons: A little pricey.


 Aphogee Curlific! Texture Treatment

Contains Quinoa protein, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl, Keratin Amino Acids.

This treatment is a strengthening conditioner formulated specifically for curly, natural hair. It contains Quinoa protein to help fortify the oval structure of your curls, preventing damage and breakage.

Additionally, it has a heavy load of moisturizers that keep your hair hydrated and healthy-looking. This product is a must-have if you are color treating your curls as it helps protect them from color-induced damage.

It can be used on a weekly basis to your curls regardless of your styling regimen. Not only does this conditioner provide strength and moisture to your locks but it also protects them from any further damage sustained by coloring or other chemical treatments. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl, Silanetriol, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Cucurbita, Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Lactic Acid, Polyester-11, PVP, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-10, Silicone Quaternium-22, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Keratin Amino Acids, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Trideceth-12, Citric Acid, Disodium, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool.

Pros: Provides both strength and moisture. Protects against damage caused by color treatments.

Cons: Contains fragrance which may irritate sensitive skin. It also contains silicone, which is not Curly Girl Friendly.


Aphogee Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor 

Contains Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (siloxane polymer, which is a protein and silicone blend – crafted to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair), Hydrolyzed Keratin, Collagen Amino Acids.

ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is an ultra-powerful strengthening conditioner designed to help maintain the moisture and elasticity of moderately damaged hair. It can be used following every shampooing until the healthy condition of the hair has been restored, making it an ideal choice for those with tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. The unique formula also helps to repair from damage caused by chlorine and hard water. 

The keratin-based complex within ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps to strengthen the hair follicles while also increasing the natural shine. It also promotes healthier looking strands by locking in moisture and delivering long-lasting hydration directly to the scalp. This reconstructive formula acts quickly to restore balance to dry and damaged locks, allowing you to achieve healthy, manageable tresses in just two minutes. 

In addition, this non-greasy formula has a pleasant scent that won’t overpower your style. You will love how it instantly detangles knots and frizz while leaving behind soft and silky smooth strands.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, l, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Phytantriol, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 60, Amodimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Collagen Amino Acids, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Linoleic Acid, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Linolenic Acid, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate.

Pros: Free of dyes and parabens.

Cons: Contains silicone, which is not ideal for anyone following the Curly Girl Method.


Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

Contains Keratin & Hydrolyzed Silk Protein.

This product is the ideal solution for anyone looking to strengthen and repair weak, fragile or damaged hair. This intensive treatment is formulated specifically with pure coconut oil, coconut milk, vitamin E, Keratin & Silk Protein to penetrate deeper into the hair follicles and offer a more intensive repair and moisturization experience than your daily conditioner.

The powerful combination of ingredients works together to not only restore moisture to dry and damaged hair but also strengthens each individual follicle in order to protect new hair growth. 

This deep conditioning protein pack is perfect for those who have colored, styled or otherwise processed their hair as well as those exposed to excessive sunlight that can lead to dryness and breakage.

The nutrient-rich formula helps nourish the scalp while increasing elasticity of the hair shaft so that it can better handle styling without damage. Additionally, vitamin E helps create a protective shield around each strand of hair that further prevents damage from heat styling tools or environmental pollutants. 

Ingredients: Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-40 Stearate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Nonfat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Hydrolyzed Silk, Stearalkonium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Acetate, Cellulose, Quaternium-26, Myristyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

Pros: Contains some natural ingredients.

Cons: Contains silicone, which is not ideal for anyone following the Curly Girl Method.


Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein

Contains Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (siloxane polymer, which is a protein and silicone blend – crafted to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair), Yogurt Extract, Yogurt Powder.

This is an intense treatment for damaged, over-processed hair that strengthens and nourishes the hair. Powered by reparative proteins and butters, this blend of shea butter is boosted by antioxidant Manuka Honey and protein-infused Yogurt Powder and Yogurt Extract to create a powerful formula for hair health.

Additionally, included in the formula is deep conditioning oils such as Baobab Oil and Mafura Oil to help naturally reinforce and revitalize weak hair fibers.

Regular use of this product will restore, repair and maintain gentle to medium waves or curls with remarkable results.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Yogurt Powder, Yogurt Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Trichilia Emetica (Mafura) Seed Butter, Allantoin, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Inulin (Chicory Root), Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate.

Pros: Contains a variety of reparative and nourishing ingredients, no silicones.

Cons: None


Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Ultra Nourishing Hair 

Contains Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (siloxane polymer, which is a protein and silicone blend – crafted to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair), Extracts, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin.

Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask is the perfect solution for those with severely damaged and over-processed hair. The luxurious mask helps to reverse damage, strengthen and protect hair, and restore softness to locks that have been exposed to harsh environmental aggressors, such as flat-ironing or blow drying. 

The mask is enriched with powerful ingredients such as almond oil, aloe butter, shea oil, coconut oil, shea butter, rosemary leaf extract, sweet almond protein, and olive oil. These carefully chosen ingredients provide essential nutrients that help to repair hair from the inside out.

Almond oil is rich in vitamins E and D which helps to nourish the scalp and reduce split ends. Shea butter is a great source of fatty acids which work to nourish and moisturize strands without leaving an oily residue on the scalp.

Coconut oil provides intense hydration while sealing in moisture to prevent breakage. Lastly, rosemary leaf extract helps to promote healthy growth by stimulating circulation in the scalp. 

This amazing mask has shown remarkable results when used regularly – flyaways are noticeably smoother after just one use! Hair feels softer and healthier each wash, becoming more manageable as new growth appears. This product also helps reduce knots and tangles making it easier for styling purposes.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Propanediol, Isododecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Jojoba Esters, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, C11-15 Pareth-7, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Polysilicone-15, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin. Ingredients may vary.

Pros: This mask is packed with nourishing and hydrating ingredients such as almond oil, shea butter, coconut oil and rosemary leaf extract that help to repair damaged hair from the inside out.

Cons: Contains silicone, which is not ideal for those who follow the Curly Girl Method.


Curly Hair Solutions Pure Silk Protein Deep Moisturizing Treatment

Contains Silk Amino Acids, Silk Protein.

Featuring a unique blend of silk proteins, this treatment helps strengthen your hair while preventing frizz and curl formation as well as protecting it from heat damage. Its advanced formula penetrates deep into your locks to help reduce color fading, leaving you with the healthiest and softest hair possible.

Unlike other conditioners, the Silk Conditioner contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera extract and honey extract that provide essential moisture to each strand of hair. It also includes amino acids which work to replenish nutrients and vitamins in the scalp while stimulating growth. This advanced formula leaves your hair feeling smooth and healthy at all times, meaning you can enjoy vibrant, glossy curls with no effort at all!

With its protein-enriched formula and botanical extracts that provide essential moisture, this treatment helps promote stronger locks while reducing color fading and heat damage. Plus its pleasant scent leaves behind a light floral aroma after every use – perfect for those who want even more from their conditioner!

Ingredients: DI Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-33, Cetrimonium Chloride, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Polyacrylamide.

Pros: Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Alcohol-Free, Silicone-Free, EU Allergen-Free.

Cons: Contains DMDM Hydantoin, which can be irritating to some people with sensitive skin.


References

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2.  Hessefort, Y. Z.; Holland, B. T.; Cloud, R. W., True porosity measurement of hair: a new way to study hair damage mechanisms. J. Cosmet. Sci. 2008, 59 (4), 303.

3.  Zviak, C., The Science of Hair Care. Taylor & Francis: 2005.

4.  Shiel, S., Hair health and management of common hair disorders. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 2007, 6, 12-17.

5.  Neudahl, G. A.,Proteins for conditioning hair and skin. In Conditioning Agents for Hair and Skin, Schueller, R.; Romanowski, P., Eds. Taylor & Francis: 1999; pp 139-166.

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Reasons Why Hair Feels Like Straw: The Science Behind It (And How To Fix It)

 You just styled your hair, but it already feels like straw. What gives?

Your hair texture didn’t just suddenly change overnight. If you’re wondering why hair feels like straw (so dry and brittle), more than likely, it’s been developing over time and there are now several factors contributing to your newfound dryness.

But what is actually causing our hair to feel that way? And more importantly, is there anything we can do to fix it? Click below to find out!

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