19 of the Best Protein Treatments for Natural & Curly Hair
Every person with natural hair needs a good balance of both protein treatments and moisture in the hair’s strands in order to have the healthiest hair possible. Some people may be protein sensitive, while others may need what seems like a ton! Before you use any products with protein it’s best to start slow and make sure you actually need protein first. First, we’ll list our top protein treatments for natural hair, then some tips on how to tell if you need it.
Without further adieu, here are what we consider to be the best protein treatments for natural hair!
Top Protein Treatments for Natural Hair
Deep Penetrating Treatments:
Let’s not forget HOMEMADE Protein treatments!
17-19. Egg yolks, mayo, evoo, avocados, and gelatin are all said to be great DIY protein treatments for a homemade recipe.
How to know if your hair needs more protein
Here’s how you’ll know you need a regular protein product or occasional protein treatment:
- Your hair is dry, brittle, and breaks easily
- You have a lot of heat or chemical damage
- You have high porosity hair naturally
If any of this sounds like you, check out the products in this post to get started! You can either start off with a gentler product like a protein conditioner, or you can go full force with a reconstructor off the bat (like I did when I saved my hair after it was fried with bleach.)
Types of Protein
There are many types of protein when it comes to curly hair products. A few of the most common ones are:
- Silk protein
- Collagen, which improves elasticity
- Soy protein
- Wheat protein, thought to be strengthening
The type of protein you use and how often you use it will depend completely on your hair’s needs and will be different for every head of hair.
Always make sure you moisturize effectively no matter what protein treatment you’re using.