Over the weekend I was trolling the net researching things about hair, when I came across a really gross article about soy sauce being made from hair.
Check it out here.
Yes, Grooooossssss. I actually think this is just a rumour. But still. Yuck!
Anyways…it got me thinking about Soy Sauce. Or, more importantly, Liquid Amino Acids.
Amino Acids (AAs) are the building blocks of protein, which is exactly what hair is; protein.
I also have Amino Acids in my fridge as I use them instead of plain old Kikkoman or tamari sauce.
In total there are twenty amino acids:
Minor Amino Acids
There are two types of amino acids:
1. Non Essential AAs – these are the kind that your body produces on its own.
2. Essential AAs – these are the kind that you must get from edible sources. Proteins such as chicken, fish, nuts, and (to a lesser degree) soy are all great sources for essential AAs.
From my research I’ve concluded that all AAs are important for hair health, but the following ones play the most important roles in hair:
Essential Amino Acid
- A powerful antioxidant;
- A good source of sulfur which helps in the prevention of hair, skin and nail disorders;
- Prevents the premature loss of hair;
- Works in the body to detoxify many harmful elements;
- Works as a good anti-fatigue agent;
- Aids the breaking down of fats to prevent the buildup of fat in the arteries and liver.
Non essential amino acids
- Makes up 10-14% of the skin and hair, vital for healthy development of skin and hair;
- Encourages better recovery from burns and surgical procedures.
(Cysteine and Cystine are interchangeable; two molecules of Cysteine make Cystine.)
- Great Antioxidant and a natural detoxifier;
- Essential in growth, maintenance, and repair of skin and hair.
- One of the three main sulfur-containing amino acids, along with Taurine and Methionine.
- Produces melanin, which is the pigment that gives the skin and hair its color;
- Vital to the body’s overall metabolism;
- Can improve your moods and is used to treat depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Now let me just say; I LOVE AMINO ACIDS. I don’t know why, but they cheer me up. At night, C and I usually have a big salad and I always spritz on some AAs for flavor and almost immediately I get an uplifting effect from them. I get a little giddy. After looking around a bit, I think it has something to do with the Tyrosine.
So the burgeoning mixtress in me got all fired up. I decided to put AAs in my hair.
I thought about it a little more. I couldn’t just pour them on my head; I didn’t think that would work as they’re thin like water. So I mixed it up, and here is my recipe:
Yogurt - 2 parts
For the protein and the conditioning properties.
Baking Soda 1/2 part
To make my hair more porous.
Amino Acids 1/2 part
To see what they did.
I’ve used yogurt and baking soda before, mixing them with other things, and they were okay.
But together with the AAs – AMAZING!!!!
I sectioned my hair into eight parts and applied the concoction with my fingers, making sure to coat from root to tip. As soon as I put the treatment on I could tell something was different.
My roots! My roots started to clump together.
This has been my big “issue”; frizz – mostly at the roots. This treatment totally calmed the frizz down and made the roots behave the way the rest of my hair does. It has become curly from root to tip. I was floored by the results. I still am. I’ve done the treatment three times now over the course of a week and the results seem to just get better. I haven’t changed anything else in my regime and have been using Lustra Silk and my own handmade conditioner, or the Henna Wax Treatment, and co-washing every other day with Boots Coconut and Almond Oil Condish. But judge for yourself, here are the pics:
This is my texture un-handled. I’m am 3c/4a hair type for those who care to know
An Average Twist Out
First Treatment Results
2nd Treatment Results
3rd Treatment Results
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If you try this and it works for you – or if it does not – let me know!!!