There’s a reason that almost every hair product in the market today contains protein – it’s because our hair is made up of keratin, which is a type of protein. The hair cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and if it sustains damage, your hair will become dry, rough, and brittle. Your body cannot repair hair in the same way as it would repair skin damage and this is where a protein hair mask come in. Protein hair masks help to smooth out the damaged cuticles so that your brittle hair becomes healthy and glossy once again.
Protein Hair Mask Recipes for Damaged Hair
Instead of dropping big bucks on some fancy hair treatment, you can simply whip up your own protein mask for damaged hair with a few kitchen ingredients. The advantage of homemade protein hair masks is that they are completely natural and do not contain any chemical additives, which means that they are very gentle on your hair. Here are a few recipes for protein hair masks for damaged hair:
1. Egg & Yogurt Protein Hair Mask
Egg & Yogurt
Egg whites contain several types of proteins including albumins, mucoproteins, and globulins which help to nourish your hair and scalp. The yolk of the egg contains healthy fats that smooth out the cuticles of your hair and prevent frizzing. Yogurt is also a great source of protein, which is why an egg and yogurt protein hair mask is so effective in treating dry and damaged hair.
Recipe: Beat one whole egg along with 3 to 4 tablespoons of yogurt – depending on the length of your hair. Apply this mixture to your hair starting from your scalp and working it thoroughly into your hair. Leave this mixture in for at least an hour and then rise it off with cold water. Wash and condition your hair and allow it to air dry. You will notice the difference right away and you can repeat this once a week to prevent further hair damage.
2. Banana & Avocado Hair Mask
Bananas and avocados are high in protein and can be used to deep condition your hair. The healthy fatty acids in avocados help to smooth out frizzy hair and give it a natural sheen. To make this protein hair mask, you will need to blend one avocado with a banana until it is a smooth mixture. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and then wash it off within 30 minutes. This banana and avocado hair mask is particularly effective for those with very dry hair.
3. Beet Greens & Orange Pulp Hair Mask
Beet greens and orange
Beet greens are an excellent source of proteins and they also have antipruritic properties that help to reduce scalp itchiness caused by dandruff. This beet greens and orange pulp hair mask is ideal for those with oily hair as the natural acids in orange juice will help to gently remove the excess sebum without leaving your hair dry and brittle. Blend a handful of beet greens along with a fresh orange or 5 tablespoons of orange pulp. Strain this mixture through a muslin cloth and then apply the liquid to your entire hair and scalp. Wash it off with lukewarm water and then towel dry your hair.
4. Almond, Pistachio, & Macadamia Nut Hair Mask
Nuts are a great source of proteins and fats which makes them ideal for natural hair care remedies. Soak 3-5 almonds in a cup of warm water along with an equal number of pistachios, and macadamia nuts. Wait for half an hour and then blend the nuts along with the water to obtain a cup of watery nut milk. Strain this through a muslin cloth and apply the tonic to your hair. Leave it on for at least an hour before you wash it off. Use this protein hair mask on a regular basis to smoothen damaged hair cuticles and prevent split ends.
5. Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds Hair Mask
Ayurvedic texts recommend coconut milk for a variety of health and beauty purposes. Coconut milk has a high protein and fat content and is one of the best natural remedies for damaged hair. Chia seeds contain proteins, several amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids which can penetrate the hair shaft to deep condition your hair. Soak 2 to 3 tablespoons of chia seeds in quarter cup of coconut milk. Wait for 15 minutes and once the seeds start to swell, blend this mixture. Add another quarter cup of coconut milk to the mixture to thin it out and then strain it. Apply the liquid to your hair and keep it on for 1-2 hours before washing your hair with warm water.
Coconut Milk with Chia Seeds
A Word of Caution
Natural protein hair masks can leave a lingering odor, depending on the ingredients you have used. This is particularly true for hair masks that contain egg or yogurt. Use these protein masks at least 2-3 days before your big date to avoid a potentially embarrassing situation. A simple way to reduce the odors from a protein hair mask is to rinse your hair with a mixture of lemon juice and water in equal parts. Try out all these protein hair masks for damaged hair to find one that suits your hair.
Protein hair masks can only do so much to repair damaged hair. When it comes to hair care, prevention is the best treatment so follow a regular hair care regimen to prevent hair damage. Instead of blow drying your hair regularly, allow it to air dry as often as possible and use a heat protection spray or serum before you use a flat iron or a curling iron. You should also use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically meant for your hair type and use herbal and natural products as far as possible.