What is it?
Hydrolysed wheat protein comes from exactly where it sounds like it should, from wheat germ and it is produced by separating the gluten protein from the wheat starch and then it is dried into a powder. It is processed this way so that it becomes water soluble. Mainly it is used in haircare because it has the ability to strengthen the hair and improve its structure and I love it because it is natural and rich in amino acids and proteins which have many benefits to the hair. It is even safe enough to take orally.
Is it safe to use?
It is recommended that you avoid this ingredient if you suffer from coeliac disease or have a gluten sensitivity.
Because it is derived from wheat germ it is possible that it could cause a reaction.
My best advice here is to do a patch test first to see if you will react, if you don't you will be fine.
What are the benefits?
Retains Moisture It’s important that hair retains moisture in order to be healthy and protect it from damage. It is even more important for curly hair to retain moisture to prevent it becoming all frizzy. Hydrolysed wheat protein penetrates into the hair helping lock moisture in.
Repairs damaged hair Damaged hair can be due to a lack of protein or an imbalance of protein and moisture. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein is the most recommended treatment for dry, damaged hair that lacks moisture because it is a protein itself and it can restore damaged hair follicles. Anyone who has damaged hair due to regular chemical treatments or heat styling would greatly benefit from using a product with Hydrolysed Wheat Protein.
Prevents breakage Because Hydrolysed Wheat Protein hydrates your hair it can prevent split ends. When hair is lacking hydration, it becomes weakened and susceptible to damage. Over time, this can lead to recurring split ends and even hair loss.
Aids in manageability Hair that is dry, damaged, and lacking moisture can make it knotty and frizzy which general means its harder to style. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein helps by smoothing the hair cuticles and conditioning so it is softer and more manageable.
Gives your curls definition Protein is needed for strength, protection, and defined curl structure. When hair is lacking in protein, it will appear, limp, or stringy. Curls need lots of protein in order to retain their shape. Getting the right balance of moisture and protein will result in curls that are softer, bouncier, and full of volume. Proteins penetrate the hair cuticles to keep it hydrated, which is so important for curly hair because curls can lose hydration and moisture very quickly.
What do I use it in?
I use hydrolysed wheat protein in all my hair care products, I'd be silly not to right?