All protein treatments are not created equal. There's no need to overdose on the protein if your hair is in good shape. Even if you're experiencing some breakage and lack of elasticity, you don't need the same type of protein treatment that benefits someone whose hair is breaking off in clumps. See which protein you should use to develop and maintain a healthy head of hair.
Look for protein-containing reconstructing treatments for routine care. You can apply these two to three times per month, but they must be balanced with moisturizing conditioners to prevent dryness and breakage. Too much protein will leave your hair feeling brittle and crunchy. A good at-home regimen for controlling breakage, particularly if you color, relax, texturize or heat style your hair on a regular basis, is to try:
- ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor, or
- Keraphix Restorative Strengthening Conditioner
Alternate either one of these protein treatments with a deep conditioner. If your hair is really breaking off, use a treatment after every shampoo until your hair has more elasticity and you're experiencing less breakage.
For Serious Damage:
If your hair is breaking off due to severe chemical damage, you'll need an intensive protein treatment to save what you can. This will probably require a salon visit, where a stylist may need to use a product like ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. For at-home protein treatments, try a product like Nexxus Emergencee.
These treatments are designed for severe breakage and should not be used more than once every six to eight weeks. They will halt most breakage, but your hair may still be too damaged to save.
To prevent ever needing intensive care for your hair, see other protein treatments that work.