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The Best Protein Treatments for Hair

This post was originally about how to have healthy relaxed hair and the protein treatments that work best for that type of hair.

Since relaxed hair is not the only type of hair that benefits from regular protein treatments, I have expanded this post to include information about protein treatments for different types of hair.

Let’s begin with all-round good protein treatments for hair in general.

Best Protein Treatment for Hair

If you are interested in protein treatments for hair in general and not necessarily protein treatments specifically for relaxed hair, here are 5 for you to try….

Elizavecca CER100 Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment

 

Keratin Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair
Marc Anthony (r) Strengthening Grow Long Repairing Anti-Breakage Mask

 

Premium Keratin Hair Mask by Sunatoria

 

Keratin Purple & Blue Mask

Best Protein Treatment List for Relaxed Hair

Best Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair #1: L’Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm with Almond and Protein

best protein treatment for relaxed hair: L'Oréal Elvive Total Repair 5

Best Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair #2: ApHogee Serious Hair Care Double Bundle (Balancing Moisturizer and Two-Step Protein Treatment)

Best Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair #3: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment

Best Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair #4: Hi Pro Pac Extremely Damaged Hair Repair Intense Protein Hair Treatment

Best Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair #5: ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

 

Hair Protein Treatment for Relaxed Hair at Home

Protein masks are a great way to help your hair regain lost protein.

A protein treatment will strengthen your hair and make it less prone to damage.

Eggs and olive oil for DIY Hair Mask for relaxed hair

To make a protein treatment for relaxed hair at home:

  • Mix 2 eggs, 2 cups of full fat yogurt and 1/4 cup of olive oil.
  • Apply this mixture to your hair in sections.
  • Leave in for 20-30 minutes.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.

Best Deep Conditioner for Relaxed Hair/Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioner for Relaxed Hair

Protein treatments are not the only way to deep condition your hair.

Some hair (like mine) loves protein, while other hair can be “protein sensitive”, i.e., it becomes stiff and dry when exposed to protein-heavy products.

Even if your hair thrives on protein treatments, using them too often can render your hair dry, brittle, and stiff.

If you want to hydrate your hair deeply and help it to have a healthy glow without going the protein route, here are 5 great deep conditioners to use for your relaxed hair.

 

 

 

7 Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair

Relaxing your hair for the first time can bring on mixed emotions.

On one hand, you might be excited about your soon-to-be new look.

On the other, you might worry about just what you’ll need to do to keep your newly relaxed hair healthy and looking great.

The good news is that relaxed hair is not as complicated to take care of as you might think: you just have to make sure you follow the right steps.

The process of relaxing hair has been around for over a century—the first documented relaxer cream having been discovered in 1909—and has been widely embraced by many.

Maintaining relaxed hair requires a bit of time and effort but, when done right, you’ll get incredible results that will make you the envy of all.

Here are 7 tips that will help you on your journey to flawless relaxed hair.

Healthy Relaxed Hair
Long healthy relaxed hair

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #1: Leave It to the Pros

When relaxing your hair for the first time, I’d recommend that you visit a hair salon.

Why?

Because, among other things, you can’t see all the different sections of your head, and yet it’s important that your hair be equally and uniformly relaxed.

Make sure the person relaxing your hair is a professional so as to avoid hair damage as much as possible.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #2: Retouch Your Hair Every 8-16 Weeks

Don’t relax your hair too often. This might damage both your hair and scalp.

Not allowing enough time between retouches will weaken your hair and can lead to breakage.

Retouching the growth of your relaxed hair

Instead, retouch your hair every 8-16 weeks so that you have enough virgin hair growth on which to apply relaxer cream, without having to process already relaxed hair further.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #3: Use Hair Masks on Your Relaxed Hair (Specifically-Made for Relaxed Hair Products or DIY)

Hair masks are deep conditioning treatments that are applied to the hair and left in for a while so as to impart shine, help with manageability, and nourish the hair cuticle.

Hair masks can be store-bought or homemade.

In the case of homemade hair masks, you can easily whip one up, from the comfort of your kitchen, using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or pantry.

It’s a good idea to use hair masks regularly in order to prevent damage and reduce hair breakage that may result from everyday styling.

Hair masks aren’t all one-size-fits-all, though. Different types of hair masks fulfill different hair needs.

Hydrating Argan Oil Mask

For instance, you can use a conditioning hair mask, a moisturizing hair mask, a softening hair mask, or a protein mask.

DIY Hair Masks for Relaxed Hair

Here is a hair mask recipe for you to try at home. You can find another one further up this page.

Conditioning Hair Mask Recipe for Healthy Relaxed Hair

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil with one cup of warm water.
  • Massage this mixture into your hair and scalp.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave it in for at least 2 hours.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #4: Protect Your Relaxed Hair

Hair whose texture has been altered is weaker than hair in its natural state and therefore needs added protection.

During the day, protect your hair from the sun which can dry out your hair and make it more prone to breakage.

Don’t forget to wear a swimming cap when swimming, because chlorine is particularly harmful to your hair.

You should also reduce the amount of heat from sources such as hair dryers because heat weakens your hair and is not good for your scalp.

A woman with relaxed hair sleeping on a pillow with a man behind

Don’t forget to use a hair net when you go to bed to protect your hair from rubbing against your pillow case.

Not doing this can result not only in split ends and breakage due to friction but also general moisture loss.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #5: Trim Your Relaxed Hair Regularly

One of the best things you can do to achieve healthy relaxed hair is to trim your hair regularly.

Over time, the ends of your hair can become dry and split. This is known as having split ends.

Regular trims will help prevent these splits from traveling further up your hair shaft, which would cause more damage and weaken your hair further.

Aesthetically speaking, trimming off split ends makes your hair look smoother and healthier.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #6: Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

We are what we put into our bodies. It’s no wonder then that a healthy lifestyle will help you achieve your goal of healthy relaxed hair.

Drink plenty of water, get enough rest, eat well, minimize stress and exercise regularly.

A healthy body and healthy relaxed hair go hand in hand, so take good care of your body if you want good hair results.

Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair #7: Choose You Relaxed Hair Products Carefully

When buying products for your relaxed hair, look out for shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for this type of hair.

Choose gentle products that will not be unnecessarily harsh on your already chemically-treated hair but will instead help to retain moisture.

Some of the Best Products for Relaxed Hair

Some good products include (click each product to find out more about it):

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment
ORS Mayonnaise for Relaxed Hair
(Biche’s note: I LOVE this product!)
Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Shine Pomade
Aphogee Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Protein Treatment for Black Hair (Natural)

So how about if your hair is natural, not relaxed? What protein treatment is best for your hair then?

Don’t fret: I’ve got some great recommendations for you for that too…

 

 

ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor (good for both relaxed hair and natural hair)

Best Moisturizer for Relaxed Hair

So what should be using between treatments to keep your relaxed hair well moisturized? Don’t fret, I’ll tell you. Here are the 5 best moisturizers on the market today for relaxed hair:

 

 

 

 

There you go, folks!

I hope you enjoyed these 7 relaxed hair tips. If you’ve got relaxed hair tips of your own that you’d like to share, please leave them in a comment below.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,
Biche

Photo Credits: A Relaxed Gal, Black Hair Tribe, Mega Growth Relaxer, Leaf.TV, citifmonline.com

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