Hair Loves PEH! A Few Words about Proteins, Emollients & Humectants

Every woman should ask herself: does my hair have PEH? If it’s healthy, strong and shiny, it surely does. The balance of PEH (proteins, emollients, humectants) is the secret of beautiful hair.

What does PEH mean? It’s a short name for three key hair ingredients: proteins, emollients and humectants. Keeping the balance of these substances is very important in hair care routine. Too much protein leaves hair frizzy. Too few vitamins weaken the hair fiber. Too many oils or silicones weigh hair down. Your hair needs moderation and common sense.

P like protein

It is necessary for hair repair. Keratin is the most important – it’s the main ingredient of hair. Silk, elastin, collagen and l-cysteine are other examples of proteins. Hydrolyzed proteins are most common in hair products, having a temporary power for rebuilding damage in hair structure. Other protein substances include yolk, gelatin, milk, soy or wheat.

E like emollient

Emollients create an occlusive layer on hair and skin. It sounds serious but it’s just about locking water in. Silicones, paraffin, vaseline, lanolin and natural oils are the most popular emollients. Among them, a hair oil is the most multi-tasking – it doesn’t only protect and keep hair hydrated but also nourishes, strengthens, regenerates, smoothes, increases sheen. It even keeps the scalp pH and stimulates faster hair growth. The secret lies in the choice of an oil which is natural and right for the hair type.

H like humectant

Substances that deliver hair hydration are known as humectants. To be more precise, a humectant binds water inside the hair, leaving strands moisturised and healthier. It’s responsible for the right hair moisture which is protected by emollients. Urea, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, aloe juice or glycerol are among the most common humectants in hair products. Search for them in cosmetics.