Monday, March 5, 2012

An All Natural Protein Treatment

According to experts, protein treatments strengthen your hair and treat weak, brittle hair. The treatments leave hair soft, smooth, full, and healthy. But why do you need protein treatments? Chemical processing, unfortunately, takes its toll. Dying your hair, a chemical treatment, depletes 15 to 20 percent of hair protein. Additional treatments cost you more protein each time. After awhile, your hair looks like straw. It's dry and lacks luster and vitality. A "hair protein treatment" restores over-processed hair. But you don't need to spend big bucks on a protein treatment. Here are some tips on doing a much cheaper but equally effective home protein treatment.

  1. Wash you hair. Towel dry and leave damp.
  2. Whip three eggs and stick them in the blender. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Whip the mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Saturate your damp hair with the eggs/lemon juice mixture. Wait 15 to 20 minutes. (Oh my God! Can I stand to wait so long?)
  4. Use cool water to rinse your hair

Tips & Warnings:
  • Is your hair shining? Damaged ends fixed? It worked!
  • Once you've done a protein conditioner, try another homemade conditioner for extra luster. Mix a small amount (say, a teaspoon) of a clear alcohol, like vodka, with a couple of beaten egg yolks. Wash your hair, towel dry, then work the vodka/egg concoction into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse. Hollywood, here I come.
  • Still want to try a commercial treatment? Pick a hair protein treatment made for your hair style. Box labels tell you which are a good fit. Follow the directions on the box or bottle. Don't overuse.

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