I am a protein junkie. I used to be a carb junkie but over the past 6 or so years that's changed dramatically. I don't know why exactly, but I suspect its because of the shift in my workouts from more cardio to more strength based. I think my body is just craving what it needs.
Apparently my hair needs protein too.
I have curly hair, which is already dryer than straight hair, and its a wee bit damaged from all the flat ironing. So I use deep conditioners and have a bunch of hair products to try and compensate, but I am always looking to make my hair less dry and damaged (but not flat ironing is not an option!).
Is protein treatment for damaged hair legit? I did a bit of research and did find evidence in peer reviewed journals that it can, indeed, help repair damaged hair, which has lower protein levels.
Recently Art of Carer sent me their Quinoaplex R3 Rapid Hair Renewal Formula to try. It is supposed to rebuild damaged hair and guards against colouring/bleaching, heat styling, hair loss/thinning, UV damage, sea/salt/chlorine, and wind/pollutants.
Quinoaplex R3 Rapid Hair Renewal Formula is also:
- Certified organic ingredients including quinoa protein and aloe vera
- Free from silicone, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, DEA, and aldehydes
- Gluten-free; GMO-free; Toxic-free
- Hypoallergenic, suitable for asthmatics
- Not tested on animals
1. Use as a scalp treatment- Apply several pumps, wait 10 minutes and rinse.
2. Restore protein - After shampooing, apply, lather, wait 15 minutes, rinse, condition.
3. Add a few pumps to your hair colour before applying.
4. On the go - Spray into clean hair.
Well you know me, I had spending time on fashion/beauty (the children call my fashion look, 'sporty'), so I chose the On the Go option. After my shower every morning, I spray a few pumps in a comb in through.
The claim is that you can see/feel a difference after one use. I did not. Because of the On the Go method? I did like the light fragrance, fortunately, because I was worried it would smell like quinoa, and I think the smell of quinoa while it cooks is actually putrid (as are quinoa flour and quinoa flakes).
But by about the 2nd or 3rd use, I did start to notice a difference. Its now been 2 weeks since I started using it, and even though its crazy hot and humid here, I have much less frizz and need less product in my hair. It truly does feel softer and healthier too!
You can purchase the Rapid Hair Renewal Formula for $55.00/4 oz online, though they seem to be only shipping to the U.S. right now.
So do I recommend this product? Absolutely...if you have the $$ for it. Apparently you can make your own protein hair treatments at home using either eggs, yogurt, or avocado/mayo.
Disclosure: I was sent this product to review, but all opinions on this blog are my own.