Multiple bleaching and coloring can leave your hair over-processed, fried and terrible porous. Such hair can have a hard time taking color and the color won’t come out even and nice. When your hair is damaged and porous, color molecules cannot get trapped inside the hair shaft, so your color bleeds out and fades quickly. You are dreaming about something that will help your overly porous hair feel healthy again and ensure greater color absorption and longevity.
The solution to your problems is simple and very affordable- a protein filler for hair. This miracle product has been for a while a preferable way to fix porous hair and help the color process evenly.
A porosity equalizing hair filler contains hydrolyzed proteins that cling to your hair and fill in the areas of porosity for thicker and smoother strands.
A protein filler is often used before the color process to prevent uneven color results and protect the hair from chemical damage. This product comes either clear or in various colors, but the neutral version is the most popular and simplest to use.
The most recognizable product in this category is the Neutral Protein Filler by Colorful. This protein filler is exceptionally effective on porous hair that doesn’t take the color evenly. You can get it for a very affordable price and it is very easy to use if you prefer doing your coloring job at home.
Benefits of Using Neutral Protein Filler
The most common way to use this product is as a pre-color treatment, especially if you suffer from porous hair.
Even coverage: Most damaged and porous areas of your hair will process color too quickly, making your color results uneven. When applied before coloring service protein fillers reduce hair porosity, preparing your hair for more even color absorption.
Protection against chemical damage: If your hair is badly damaged from using bleach, it will repair some previous damage and protect hair against new chemical damage when dye again.
Better and longer-lasting results: When applied before coloring, protein fillers help porous bleached hair take color more uniformly and help lock in the color for longer.
Consistent results: The color will look close to the color on the box, regardless of damage due to over bleaching or the buildup of previous colors. Protein fillers make your dying job much more effective, enabling you to get professional results at home.
Improved overall appearance: Protein fillers fill porous ends, adds a lustrous sheen and make hair look healthier and thicker.
How to Use a Neutral Protein Filler
This could be a miracle product for you, but you must use it properly.
As a pre-color treatment: Apply the filler evenly throughout your clean, towel damp hair, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Do not rinse the product from your hair. Apply the color as usual. After rinsing the color follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
You can transfer the product to a spray bottle for easier application.
Many users have reported satisfactory results when 1-2 ounces of the protein filler are added directly to the color mixture. However, applying this product as a pre-color treatment, according to the instructions will give you the best results.
As a protein repair treatment: Neutral protein filler can also be used as a conditioner type treatment simply by mixing 1-ounce water with 2 ounces neutral protein filler. The Protein filler will restore keratin stripped out of your hair. This helps your hair become stronger, giving it a healthier appearance. This treatment is recommended for hair that feels over porous and damaged due to previous relaxing and bleaching.
Do this treatment once a month between colorings to compensate protein that has been lost from your hair gradually over time and to keep your hair in good condition.
Precautions: As a protein treatment, Neutral Protein Filler works exceptionally well for hair that lacks protein. However, do not use a protein filler more than once a month to avoid overloading your hair with protein. Too much protein in the hair can cause the opposite effect and your hair will become inelastic and break easily. Any kind of protein treatment should be followed by a moisturizing treatment to replenish lost moisture in your hair.
Make sure to refrigerate any leftover conditioner, otherwise bio-active ingredients once diluted will spoil.
Protein Fillers with Color
Professional protein fillers come in various colors, but be aware that the shade you will get is not the same color you see in the bottle. Besides helping with color absorption and providing protection against hair damage, protein fillers with color help counteract unwanted undertones in your hair. They also make easier to manage some problematic hair colors, like red.
Examples: If you want to take your over-processed, bleached blonde hair to a read or brown shade use red protein filler to help cut any greenish color and counteract orange tones. When dying your hair white blonde use platinum protein filler (which has purple color) as a pre-treatment to avoid any brassy tones.
The application can be messy. The easiest way of application is to add the product to your color mixture and leave it to work during showering.
Before using a protein filler with color for the first time, it is advisable to consult a professional or let an experienced colorist help you to start.