What Are Protein Fillers For Hair?


Whether you’re struggling with damaged hair or simply want to enhance your natural hair color and texture, protein fillers might be the answer you’re looking for. Protein fillers are designed to nourish and strengthen hair strands by repairing damaged bonds at the root of your hair follicles.

Eager to learn more?

Luckily, our experts at Scalp Evolution know everything there is to know about protein filler. In this comprehensive guide, we'll tell you how protein fillers work, explore their benefits, and explain why they're a game-changer for damaged locks.

Protein Filler Basics

Protein fillers, also known as protein treatments, are concentrated formulas infused with natural keratin and other essential proteins. These treatments fill the gaps in your hair’s cuticle layer, replenishing lost protein and preventing further damage. The result is fuller, more vibrant hair that can better resist heat styling, chemical treatments, and environmental factors.

The Benefits of Protein Treatment

To learn more about why exactly people choose to use protein fillers, it’s important to understand the many benefits. Protein filler treatment provides you with healthy hair by:

  • Strengthening Hair Strands
    The essential proteins provided by protein fillers sink deep into the hair shaft, fortifying each strand at the base. This strengthening helps to reduce breakage and increase damage resilience.
  • Preventing Breakage
    Protein fillers create a protective barrier by reinforcing the hair's natural structure. The result is hair that can more easily resist breakage, even when chemically treated or naturally fragile.
  • Repairing Split Ends
    Protein filler treatments promote healthier-looking ends by mending damaged hair cuticles and sealing split ends.
  • Improving Elasticity:
    Fragile hair can snap easily when pulled, but protein fillers prevent this by improving elasticity. Improved hair elasticity reduces the risk of breakage during styling or manipulation.
  • Enhancing Texture:
    No one likes rough, dingy hair texture. Luckily, hair protein fillers promote smoother, silkier, and more manageable hair that makes styling easier than ever before.
  • Adding Shine:
    By smoothing the hair cuticle and reducing surface irregularities, protein fillers enhance your hair’s natural shine.
  • Protecting Against Heat Damage:
    Regularly using protein fillers can help strengthen the hair's defenses against heat-styling tools (i.e. blow dryers and flat irons). This added protection minimizes the risk of heat-induced damage and promotes healthier hair over time.

How To Use Protein Fillers Effectively

To reap the full benefits of protein fillers, it's essential to use them correctly as part of your hair care routine. Here's a step-by-step guide to incorporating protein fillers into your regimen:

  1. Preparation: Before you apply the protein filler, you’ll want to wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. This process removes any potential buildup and opens the cuticle layer, allowing the protein filler to penetrate more effectively.
  2. Application: Apply the protein filler to damp hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends where damage is most prevalent. You can also use a spray bottle for even distribution if you choose, but a small amount worked through your hair with your hands will also do.
  3. Coloring or Chemical Processing: Once applied, leave the protein filler in your hair while you apply hair dye, bleach, or other chemical treatments on top of it. Allow everything to sit while the hair treatment takes effect.
  4. Rinse: After the designated time has elapsed, rinse the protein filler and all other chemicals out of your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to seal in the benefits of the treatment and restore moisture to the hair.
  5. Styling: Allow your hair to air dry or use a blow dryer on a low heat setting to minimize heat damage. To maximize the benefits, avoid a hair routine with excessive heat styling and chemical treatments.

How To Choose The Right Protein Filler

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right protein filler treatment for your hair damage. You should consider: 

  • Your hair type

  • Your hair texture

  • The chemicals you’ll be applying to your hair

We recommend looking for formulas that contain natural keratin and other nutrients that provide comprehensive nourishment and repair. Popular protein fillers can easily be found at beauty supply stores or online retailers.

Avoiding Protein Filler Overuse

While protein fillers are an excellent way to repair and prevent damaged hair, they should be used in moderation. Using protein fillers too frequently or leaving them on for too long can lead to an overload of protein, resulting in stiff, brittle hair. Only use the treatment when dyeing or chemically treating hair, or once every 1-2 weeks to repair damaged hair. 

When applying the protein filler as a conditioner, we recommend mixing it with water to dilute it. Apply two parts of the filler and one part of water to your hair and let it sit for two to five minutes before rinsing.


Protein Fillers and SMP Hair Treatment

On top of improving damaged hair, protein fillers can also be used to enhance scalp micropigmentation (SMP) results. After the SMP treatment applies pigment to the scalp, protein fillers work to strengthen and nourish the existing hair strands. The result is a more natural short hair or buzz-cut look that appears thick and full. 

Additionally, protein fillers can help maintain the integrity of the hair shaft, ensuring that the newly created hairline or densified scalp maintains its appearance over time. Together, protein fillers and SMP are a great combination for anyone wanting to restore their hair's appearance.

Scalp Evolution Offers Hair Loss Treatment

Pair your protein fillers with a highly effective SMP treatment today. If you want a bold look that eliminates the look of hair loss and restores your confidence, scalp micropigmentation is the perfect solution. Scalp Evolution offers long-lasting SMP treatments in Miami, Florida, and Manchester, UK.

Whether you struggle with thin hair or pattern baldness, this treatment is a highly effective and professional way to restore scalp coloration. We can work around anything from existing gray hairs to completely shaved hair.

So, if you want a new hairline that works for you, contact us at (305) 988-5338 to schedule a free consultation today!