Keratin – Benefits, Methods, Risks and some Top Homemade Protein Masks

Keratin Shampoo and conditioner

What Is Keratin?

Keratin is a fibrous protein that works as a significant structural constituent of your hair, skin, and nails. This protective provide is also formed in your internal organs and glands as well as can be obtained from feathers, horns, and wool of different animals. The fact that keratin acts as the basic building block of your hair, it is often added in numerous hair products to treat dry, dull, damaged and frizzy hair. Keratin helps to restore your hair’s lost strength and elasticity, making it appear more youthful and healthier.

How Does it Work

Keratin not only plays a crucial role as an external protective protein for the outer layers of your hair strand known as cuticles but also works as an internal structural protein that helps to strengthen the inner core of your hair. Loss of keratin due to extreme sun exposure, heat damage, chemical overuse or other environmental factors can expose the hair’s cortex to further damage, weakening your hair follicles that can lead to hair breakage and split ends. Hence, keratin works by flattening down your overlapping hair cuticles so that your hair appears smooth, glossy and gorgeous.

What Are the Benefits and Results of Keratin?

Keratin on hair

Although the exact effect of keratin depends on your natural hair texture and what type of keratin treatment you opt for, it is believed that using keratin will apparently make your hair strands a lot smoother and cut down frizz, making it easier to manage and style. When keratin is applied on your hair cuticles, they absorb the protein to add a layer of shine to your tresses and give your curls a straighter appeal.

Methods and Uses of Keratin

Keratin Supplements

Keratin supplements are available for sale both online and in various health stores. You can find them in powder as well as capsule form and they are completely safe for consumption. Always make sure to use them in recommended proportion as too much usage can excess protein build up in your body.

Keratin shampoos, conditioners and serums

Although keratin serums, shampoos, and conditioners aren’t capable of offering exactly similar outcomes as that of professional keratin treatment, they act as a less expensive and more convenient means of treating damaged hair. Hair care products that have “keratin hydrolysates” in their ingredient list will help to repair and revive dull, fried hair that might be a result of overexposure to heat or use of chemical hair dyes.

Salon keratin treatments

The first step in the Brazilian keratin treatment involves the application of a formaldehyde-releasing solution or crème on your hair before blow-drying it and methodically flat-ironing it. After that, you will be instructed to keep your hair dry until your next session for the treatment, which may be scheduled after a few days. Here, all the chemicals in your hair will be removed and the final session involves another treatment in order to achieve the straightening effect.

What is the Cost of Keratin Treatment?

The cost of keratin treatment from any professional beauty salon depends on certain factors like which products are being used and how posh and expensive the outlet is. Hence, the actual price varies from place to place. The cost ranges in tens of thousands.

What Are Risks and Side Effects?

Keep in mind that salon keratin treatments involve the use of a lot of chemicals, formaldehyde being the one used in large proportions. Therefore, people who are sensitive to this compound are advised to steer clear from keratin treatments as it can lead to allergic reactions.

Pregnant women and people who suffer from any respiratory disorder should avoid getting this treatment as inhaling the fumes aren’t considered safe in such conditions.

Exposing your hair strands to very high heat during the treatment can fry your tresses, making them over-dry and prone to breakage and damage.

How Can We Make A Homemade Protein Hair Mask?

Creating an Egg and Yogurt Protein Mask

egg and yogurt hair mask

Ingredients

  • Egg yolk- 1
  • Plain yogurt- 6 tablespoons (approx. 92 g)

1. Mix the egg yolk with yogurt

Take the egg yolk in a small bowl and beat it thoroughly. To this, add the yogurt and using a spoon mix both the ingredients together until you notice a smooth consistency that is convenient for a hair mask. The proteins and fats present in egg yolk benefit the hair and are known to offer moisturization and nourishment to your dry, damaged hair, making them healthy and strong. Moreover, yogurt acts as a great cleansing agent due to its lactic acid content and helps in removing, grease, dirt and product build-up. At the same time, yogurt provides intense hydration to your brittle tresses and adds softness to them.

2. Cover your hair with the mixture and let it rest

Evenly apply the egg yolk and yogurt mixture all over your hair, making sure that the ends of your hair are sufficiently coated with the mixture. Keep this hair mask for approximately 20-25 minutes so that it gets absorbed properly. You can put a shower cap over your head in order to ensure that the proteins are able to penetrate deep into your hair shaft and provide better results.

3. Rinse off the mask and wash your hair

Using cool water, rinse off your hair mask after the time is up and carefully work your way out so that all of the mixture is washed off properly. Follow it up with a normal shampoo and conditioner as you would usually do.

Mixing Up an Avocado and Mayonnaise Protein Hair Mask

Mayonnaise Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • Ripe avocado (peeled and pitted)- 1
  • Mayonnaise- 2 tablespoons (30 g)

1. Mash the ripe avocado

In a small bowl, take a ripe avocado that is already peeled and pitted. Mash it continuously with a fork until you notice its texture has turned smooth, creamy and lump free. Avocados benefit hair as act as a good source of moisturization and are known to revive dull, matted hair.

2. Add in the mayonnaise

Mix the mayonnaise with the mashed avocado so that a thick paste is formed. The unique combination in mayonnaise includes oil, protein, and vinegar that not only strengthens your hair follicles but also offers hydration and shine to your curls.

3. Apply the mask onto your hair and allow it to sit

Coat your entire hair shaft with this thick, creamy paste and gently massage it onto your scalp. You can use a wide-tooth comb to apply the mask evenly on your hair. Let it rest for 30-25 minutes.

4. Wash off the mask

Rinse off the mask with normal water and wash your hair with a shampoo and then use a conditioner to get beautiful curls.

Preparing a Gelatine Protein Hair Mask

Gelatine

Ingredients

  • Powdered gelatine- 1 tablespoon (9.25 g)
  • Apple cider vinegar- 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
  • Honey- 1 teaspoon (7 g)
  • Water- ⅓ cup (177 ml)

1. Add gelatine to the water and put it in a pan

Take a saucepan and pour the mentioned quantity of water. Gently sprinkle the powdered gelatine over the water and carefully stir them together. Continue whisking the solution to prohibit the chances of lump formation. When the keratin present in gelatine gets in contact with your hair follicles, it offers essential protein that boosts your hair health. In case of extremely dry or damaged hair, use coconut milk instead of water to add extra moisture to your locks. Similarly, you can replace water with peppermint, rosemary, or nettle herbal tea if they are available as it will help to make your hair super glossy.

2. Heat the solution until it is steaming

Start heating the saucepan with the water and gelatine solution on medium heat until you notice the steam beginning to rise from the saucepan. It might take somewhat 5 to 8 minutes. Make sure to continuously stir the mixture while it’s heating to avoid the gelatine from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

3. Switch off the heat and mix in the other ingredients

Remove the saucepan from the heat after it starts steaming and let it cool down. After 5 to 10 minutes, add all the other ingredients and mix everything well. The mixture shouldn’t be too hot at this point of time, rather it should feel warm.

4. Coat your wet hair strands with the mask and let it sit

Apply this warm mixture onto your clean, wet hair and uniformly coat each of your hair strands with the mixture. Although, you can keep the mask for a long time to ensure better results, but make certain it stays like this for a minimum of 30 minutes.

5. Rinse the hair mask with water

First, wash off the mask properly with lukewarm water so that there aren’t any residues left and then use a conditioner. Remember not to use this mask more than once a week.

Whipping up a Banana, Honey, and Coconut Oil Mask

banana mash

Ingredients

  • Overripe bananas- 3
  • Coconut oil- 1 tablespoon (14 g)
  • Organic raw honey- 2 tablespoons (14 g)

1. Mash the bananas

Place the overripe bananas in a blender and crush them to get a lump-free paste. You can also mash them with a fork but make sure the consistency of the paste is smooth and thick. Bananas benefit hair by providing deep conditioning to your hair strands and making them soft, silky and easy to manage.

2. Blend rest of the ingredients with the mashed bananas

Add all the other ingredients to the mashed bananas and blend everything together to get a creamy paste. In case the mixture seems too thick or dry, you can mix in the water to get the appropriate texture.

3. Apply the hair mask and let is rest

Once the hair mask is ready, apply it on your clean hair from root to tip and rub it on your scalp as well. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap to accelerate the process and let the mask sit for 30 minutes.

4. Wash off the mask thoroughly

Remove the mask by washing your hair carefully with warm water and then apply your regular conditioner. Comb your wet hair with a detangling brush or wide-tooth comb and use a soft towel to soak the water out of your hair. Allow your hair to air dry.

FAQs

Is keratin treatment good for hair?

Although there are benefits of keratin treatment, it is necessary that you are completely aware of the use of chemicals involved and understand the potential side effects. Hence, it is recommended to use keratin infused hair products and notice how they work for you before opting for a professional keratin treatment.

Can keratin make your hair grow?

Keratin is responsible for improving your hair texture and making your hair strands smooth, shiny and straight. There are people who believe that keratin promotes hair growth but that is simply an optical illusion.

Is keratin good for your face?

Keratin is known to stimulate the production of collagen within your skin that helps in enhancing your skin’s firmness and elasticity. Applying appropriate keratin-containing skin care product on your face, that is compatible with your natural skin type can be good for your face.

Is Keratin good for nails?

Keratin plays a similar role in improving your nail health as it does for your hair. Hence, the protein keratin is considered favourable for your nails.

Also read: How to Increase Hair Volume in Natural Ways

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Shreoshi Mitra
Hello everyone, this is Shreoshi from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata. Well, I have been associated with the content and creative writing for more than a year now after I completed my post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication last year (2018). While doing my graduation as an English honour’s student, I fell in love with the subject both literally and metaphorically. As a matter of fact, I recently started teaching a bunch of kids as well, because why not! There’s no harm in spreading a little knowledge right! Writing started as hobby-cum-passion which should become a profession for me. It gives me an immense sense of freedom and helps to channelize my thoughts well. Writing for Anveya has opened up new horizons for me as I realised my articles regarding personal care, home care, and wellness can influence someone’s perception and way of thinking. While a lot of people wanted me to take up political science as my major because I was one of the top scorers in the city, I always believed that creativity and art is where my heart belongs… and it really feels good to know that I was right from the beginning.

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