Today’s Hair Hydration is an update on one of my classic recipes (formerly known as Erica’s Soft Lemon Spritz).
I’ve always used panthenol, but recently ran out.
Since it can take up to two weeks to receive packages in Maui (and no luck finding liquid panthenol on the island), I picked up the hydrolyzed wheat protein that was lurking in the back of my cabinet.
The rest is healthier, stronger hair history!
If your hair enjoys protein treatments, make this penetrating leave-in hair conditioner today!
When I use this on Team Lavish’s in-between hair wash days, we each have shinier hair with minimal shedding.
What is Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein?
According to the Environment Working Group’s Cosmetics Database (EWG), hydrolyzed wheat protein is a “hair and skin conditioning agent” that actually penetrates the cuticles of your hair.
I first learned of it’s magical powers while reading The Natural Haven’s posts about protein conditioning. I was a newbie mixologist with hair so thin (from heat damage) that I couldn’t trim it, cut it, or moisturize it fast enough!
This was a few years ago now, but if you Google hydrolyzed wheat protein, you will not find a better, more thorough description of what it is and what it actually does (with diagrams!!!) than in her posts here and here.
Secret Ingredient: Calendula Extract
The calendula extract in this recipe gives your hair a soft and silky feeling. I LOVE it and add it to almost everything! It controls frizz, is a natural antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial skin soother (try saying that 5 times fast:). I order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs but it’s easy to find online.
Just Google “where to buy calendula extract”
Erica’s Lemony Rose Leave-in Conditioner
I love adding rose essential oil for this mix as well. Roses add extra conditioning power AND act as a natural mood lifter.
Play around with your favorite essential oils to make this spritz even more delicious!
**To make this blend even more moisturizing, fill the bottle to the top (or top off with) aloe vera juice.
***EWG.org, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein