Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Keratin is a protein that is the primary ingredient in hair. To maintain healthy, glossy, full hair, the body must receive the proper amount of protein internally through a balanced diet as well receive regular treatments of protein from the outside.

Step 1

Eat a diet rich in healthy proteins, such as eggs, lean meats like chicken and beef and green leafy vegetables. Soy and low-fat versions of dairy products keep the body in proper protein balance. The average person should eat between 40 and 60g of protein per day; athletes and nursing mothers require slightly higher amounts

Step 2

Include complex carbohydrates in your diet to maximize the metabolism of the protein you eat. High-fiber foods such as beans, whole grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables provide the best source of carbohydrates to use protein. A diet rich in vitamin B12, folic acid and minerals such as zinc and iron also is required to process protein and grow the healthiest hair.

Step 3
Stick with natural or organic shampoo and conditioners that contain ingredients such as wheat germ, keratin, jojoba and vitamins A and E. Massage the scalp when shampooing to increase circulation and promote hair growth.

Step 4

Rinse hair after washing and conditioning with a protein rinse. Protein rinses are especially helpful to bring a healthy sheen back to dry, brittle hair and hair damaged by processing and coloring

Step 5

Make a homemade protein rinse with whey, oatmeal or wheat germ. Put about 4 tbsp. of one of the powdered substances in a muslin bag. Tie the bag and soak is in 1 pt. of water for about three hours. Squeeze the moisture out of the bag and use to rinse hair.

Step 6

Use protein-enhanced shampoos and conditioners to add even more protein externally to your hair. Products such as glycogen protein balanced hair products contain milk protein and glycogen from oyster shells. Most health food stores carry lines of protein-enhanced hair products.

I found this article to be   quite beneficial, I hope you ladies find it of benefit as well.