Eggs are known to strengthen our hair, but research shows that any proteins that have not been hydrolyzed are too large to penetrate into the hair shaft and bond onto the hair.
It’s no secret that in the hair care world, eggs are known to strengthen the hair, increase thickness and add shine. For centuries, eggs have been the “go-to” at-home hair treatment, but according to the Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, any proteins that have not been hydrolyzed, (including eggs) are too large to penetrate into the hair shaft and bond onto the hair.
Although many ladies report their hair feels stronger after using eggs, the real question remains: is the egg penetrating the scalp or simply coating the hair? Hydrolyzed proteins have gone through the process of hydrolysis meaning that the protein becomes small enough adhere to the hair shaft.
Hydrolyzed protein, specifically Keratin, increases the amount of cysteine (which is lost during chemical processing aka relaxers) available to the hair, thus, minimizing damage and increasing tensile strength. Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein particles are known to fill in the cracks along damaged areas in the hair shaft improving strength, while increasing elasticity and volume.
Based on my experience, egg treatments make my hair appear so thick and soft but the results wear off within days! It simply coats my strands. My hair feels fortified and strengthened for a much longer period of time when I use products containing hydrolyzed keratin protein. I notice a difference, do you?
Are you #teameggs or #teamhydrolyzedprotein? How has your experience been with each?