Protein treatments for hair are not the first thing that comes to mind when dealing with damaged hair – but maybe they should be? If ready-made hair protein is what you are looking for, below, you’ll find the best protein hair treatments to try! You can buy a dedicated treatment from our list, from shampoos to masks to conditioners.
Best Protein Shampoos & Protein Conditioners
1. Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner
This creamy set of shampoo and conditioner is an excellent light dose of vegan hair proteins and nourishing oils, to moisturize and strengthen the hair. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who needs just a hint of protein to fortify their hair. You can purchase both the shampoo and conditioner at Ulta.
2. Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
Curly hair tends to be the most at-need for protein hair treatments, so it is no surprise that this set from Ouidad does the trick. Both the shampoo and conditioner keep the hair moisturized and strengthened with vegan hair proteins and no sodium laureth sulfate. The shampoo and conditioner are both available at Nordstrom.
3. Amika Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner
If you’re a minimalist, this is the best protein hair treatment for you! It cleanses, moisturizes, and treats all in one, and it includes some really luxurious oils and extracts to boot. It features vegan hair proteins from wheat, oats, and soy, so it is the perfect hair-repairing product. It is available for sale at Sephora.
4. Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner
This protein-based set of products is also loaded with moisturizing coconut oil, for a phenomenal treat to the hair. They also smell like coconut, so if you’re addicted to that smell the way I am they’re a must. The shampoo is sulfate-free, so it is great for dyed hair. Both shampoo and conditioner can be purchased at Nordstrom.
5. OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
It is great to see that some of the best protein hair products are actually quite affordable. Featuring a very respectable amount of keratin, this sulfate-free oil shampoo and conditioner are perfect for anyone with extremely fine hair. These formulas also feature vitamin-E rich argan oil, for a softening and protecting effect. You can pick up the shampoo and conditioner at Ulta.
Best Leave-In Protein Hair Treatments & Masks
6. Alterna HairCare Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream
This rich cream is one of the best protein hair treatments for those with heavily damaged or extremely fine hair. It is loaded with many different kinds of hair proteins that penetrate into the hair at different depths, meaning it provides serious strength and fortification. If you opt for this hair treatment, be careful not to over-do it, because the results are extreme. This hair cream is available for sale at Sephora.
7. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin
This take on one of the best protein hair treatments also doubles as a styling product. You simply apply it to your hair while it is wet, and style it as you normally would. It is a great way to protect the hair and prevent damage right before heat-styling, just like heat protectants, so it is an absolute must for anyone who straightens or curls their hair on a daily basis. It can be purchased directly from Ulta.
8. Oribe Bright Blonde Radiance & Repair Treatment
This treatment from Oribe is perfect for those bleach blondes that need some damage-control. This treatment, in addition to fortifying the hair with a dose of proteins, also moisturizes the hair with some delicious beauty oils, and some violet pigment to prevent the blonde hair from becoming brassy. You can buy a bottle of this treatment at Nordstrom.
9. Bumble and Bumble Mending Masque
This incredible protein hair mask is positively loaded with both nourishing essential fatty acids and various forms of wheat protein, to repair and restore all kinds of damaged hair. All it takes is ten minutes, and this protein hair mask works magic. You can get yourself a tube of it at Sephora.
10. CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex
This leave-in product contains a very respectable amount of all different kinds of protein, to support the hair, fight frizz, and maintain softness and strength. A quick application to damp hair is all it takes, and as a bonus it’ll infuse the hair with a marvelous scent. This product is available for sale through Ulta.
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