Is your hair weak and damaged? Does your hair need a protein treatment? Would you like to know how grapeseed oil can make protein applications work better for your hair?
Then you need to know more about grapeseed oil and this important compound contained in grapeseed oil.
Grapeseed oil has a moderately high smoking point and is a pale green color. It’s useful for blowdrying, sealing in moisture, conditioning hair, and hot oil treatments.
It also contains linoleic acid, which promotes healthier skin and is the reason grapeseed oil is used for cosmetic purposes in skin care products.
What is a Protein Treatment?
A protein treatment is a hair product created to repair severe hair breakage caused by chemical and harsh treatments.
These chemical and harsh treatments include bleaching, coloring, and overuse of heat appliances. Application of a protein treatment will repair strands and alter the hair breakage.
Protein treatments are an important part of hair care. Without adequate protein in your hair and diet, your hair could start to fall off even when it’s healthy.
There are several different kinds of protein treatments for hair. Whichever one you choose depends on what the issue is with your hair:-
Light Protein Treatments
Light protein treatments are for mild damage or trying to restore elasticity to hair. This kind of protein treatment is routine and can be applied every week without problems.
It’s also the type of treatment for moisture/protein balance as too much moisture will lead to squishy hair. Examples of light protein treatments include:-
- Nexxus Keraphix Restorative Strengthening Conditioner
- Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Balancing Protein Conditioner
- It’s a 10 Potion 10 Miracle Repair Hair Mask
Reconstructors are for moderately damaged hair and can be used every few weeks. They contain mild to moderate protein ingredients. Examples of reconstructors include:-
- Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor
- Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor
- Avlon Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor
Deep Penetrating Protein Treatments
A deep penetrating treatment is for hair severely damaged from chemical processes like bleaching, coloring, relaxing and excessive heat styling.
The hair is at a critical stage and coming out in clumps by this point. Deep penetrating protein treatments should only be used every 6 – 8 weeks depending on strength level.
Examples of deep penetrating protein treatments include:-
- Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
- Nexxus Polymedic Emergency Reconstructor
- Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment
These are serious protein treatments and you should follow the instructions down to the letter if you don’t want to lose even more hair.
When used correctly, a reconstructor and deep penetrating protein treatments can halt and reverse most hair damage.
However, in some cases, your hair still isn’t the same despite the treatment. The only option at this point is a good trim.
I know that sucks especially if you’ve spent a long time trying to grow out your hair but it should always be health before length.
Sometimes, the names of the product overlap with other categories like the K-Pak but the effect is different so read the ingredient and description label before trying.
What is Moisture/Protein Balance?
You should always follow a protein treatment up with a deep conditioning treatment as too much of one over the other can lead to hair loss.
The only exception to this rule is if you’re using a moisturizing treatment that has protein as one of its ingredients instead of its main ingredient.
Either way, you can tell which of the two your hair needs by the way it feels to the touch. Always listen to your hair.
How Grapeseed Oil Helps with Protein Treatments
Oligomeric Procyanidin Compounds
The key element in grapeseed oil which makes it one of the best natural oils and helps with protein treatments is oligomeric procyanidin compounds aka tannin.
Tannin is an astringent that provides high amounts of antioxidants and inhibits the growth of free radicals.
It binds to and facilitates the work of proteins in hair and prevents protein loss from hair. There are two ways to utilize this great compound post treatments for best results:-
How Do You Condition Your Hair with Grapeseed Oil?
Grapeseed Oil Treatment After Henna
- A few days after a henna and indigo treatment, perform a deep conditioning hot oil treatment with grapeseed oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil.
- Keep on your hair for at least an hour then proceed with styling as usual.
- Between henna treatments, always do a few deep conditioning hot oil treatments.
This treatment will strengthen your hair further after the henna while conditioning as well as help the color from the henna and indigo last longer.
Grapeseed Oil Treatment After a Reconstructor
- When you do a hard-core protein treatment like Aphogee 2 step, follow-up with a hot oil treatment containing grapeseed oil several days later.
- The treatment will help seal in the protein and protect your hair strands for longer between treatments.