by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org
Collagen for strengthening hair? Wait a minute... collagen is a protein? Many are not even aware that collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and this hard, insoluble and fibrous protein is found in the skin, bones and connective tissue of not just humans but animals as well.
Most of us are familiar with it being pumped into lips and even the face but while some find it necessary for fuller lips or removing wrinkles, others see it as a viable option for strengthening hair and staving off breakage. Proteins for har keep hair healthy, strong and protected from manipulation, heat, the elements and even Here's why you need to be using proteins in your natural hair routine and why collagen is a great one to try.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein our body naturally produces and pretty much the glue that holds our bodies together. It gives our skin and hair strength, elasticity and actually helps to replace dead skin cells.
"Collagen comprises a family of genetically distinct molecules, all of which have a unique triple helix configuration of three polypeptide subunits known as alpha-chains...In the middle layer of the skin - the dermis - collagen helps form a fibrous network, upon which new cells can grow. Collagen is also required in the replacement and restoration of dead skin cells. Some collagens also function as protective coverings for delicate organs in the body such as the kidneys."
Do We Need To Use Products With Collagen?
Something so pivotal in a healthy body must be sustained but with age our collagen production declines and that's why we see sagging skin, wrinkles and weakened hair. Just like most proteins, collagen is just too big to be applied "as is" to hair to properly assist and must be broken down by hydrolysis to bond to hair.
Collagen directly and positively affects hair growth through hair regeneration. This keeps hair strong, fights off free radicals and improves hair volume by increasing the diameter of each individual hair giving hair a fuller look.
Popular Protein Treatments With Collagen
Simply Smooth Xtend Keratin Reparative Magic Potion
OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer
Ouidad Tress Effects Styling Gel
For My Protein Sensitive Naturals
Many women believe they are protein sensitive if their hair does not care for protein but know there are several types from collagen to keratin to silk. Assuming your hair will respond badly to all since it did to one type of protein is premature and you may just need to give another one a try. Not everyone must use a protein treatment, but if your hair is limp, and in need of strengthening, make sure to try a different protein until you find one that works.
Remember this journey is most about trial and error and realizing it takes more than a few tries to find your Holy Grail products and routines.
Have you tried a protein treatment with collagen?