To Try This Weekend: High Protein Hair Mask
Gorgeous hair isn’t about being born with it—it’s about taking care of what you’ve got. Stephanie Bernard, wellness, lifestyle and beauty influencer behind the Healthy Hair to Toe blog, shares her favorite way to build strong strands, with her high protein hair mask you gotta try this weekend.
Did you know that our hair is 91 percent protein? Whether you have a head full of waves, coils, locs, curls or straight hair, your hair is protein. Protein is the building block for healthy, nourished hair. If you’ve found your strands limp and lifeless lately, this DIY protein treatment is just what you need to get back on track!
Protein treatments benefit all hair types. However, if you have color-treated, relaxed, texturized or regularly heat-styled hair, you want to make sure you are incorporating these treatments as needed to keep your hair strong and moisturized.
I use this DIY mask when my hair shows signs of:
- Low elasticity: If you try to stretch your curly hair while wet (or dry) and it doesn’t return to its natural state or curl pattern.
- All hair types: Hair will feel limp, lifeless, stringy, gummy or have a cotton candy feeling.
- Loss of vibrancy and shine.
High Protein Hair Mask Ingredient Benefits
Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Grown and harvested only in Jamaica. Naturally rich in protein. Restores moisture and shine. Also restores strength, prevents breakage, combats excessive shedding and encourages rapid hair growth. Natural remedy for scalp issues such as dandruff, itchy scalp and even eczema.
Shea butter: Extracted from the nuts of West Africa’s Shea tree. Soothes dry, itchy scalp. Restores moisture to reveal soft and silky hair. Protects hair from harsh weather conditions and sun damage. Unrefined raw shea butter is best.
Avocado: Naturally high-fat content + high levels of vitamins A & E. Restores moisture, strength and elasticity to hair making it less prone to breakage.
Manuka Honey: Originates in New Zealand. A natural humectant (attracts and retains moisture). Naturally increases volume, elasticity, boosts hair growth and fights dandruff. Unpasteurized, raw organic Manuka honey is best. Raw honey is fine as a substitute.
Greek Yogurt: Has twice the amount of protein compared to regular yogurt. Aides in healthy hair growth due to zinc and lactic acid. Fights frizz in warm humid months. Naturally anti-fungal and works to remove dandruff. If you have fine hair, try opting for plant-based Greek yogurt. It contains less protein than its dairy counterpart (11 g) and will reduce the chance of overloading your hair with too much protein.
What You’ll Need
- ½ ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- 1 tbsp Manuka Honey
- ¼ cup raw shea butter
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
Combine and blend ingredients in high speed blender until you have a smooth, whipped consistency. No chunks of avocado or shea butter should be present. Mixing by hand will not yield the same results.
Apply the concoction throughout your hair, root to tip. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour under a cap. Heat or steam is optional.
Rinse with lukewarm water, then cleanse with a mild shampoo and conditioner in warm water. Seal your hair with a cold-water rinse.
Use this mask as needed. I use it anywhere between once a month and every other month, as to not overload my hair with too much protein. Watch for limp, lifeless locks and then whip up this high protein hair mask to restore your strands.