Are you scratching your head wondering what on earth liquid amino acids are and how they can help with hair growth?
I was too when I first found out about this. Just when you think you have your curly hair regimen on point, something else comes along that leaves you and the PJ in you in tenterhooks.
You may have already heard of liquid amino acids before via the Cherry Lola method or the Max Hydration Method.
I will be breaking down the science behind liquid amino acids in this article, benefits of liquid amino acids for hair, how they promote hair growth and two DIY amino acid hair treatments.
What Are Amino Acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Everyone’s body needs amino acids to create muscle and grow healthy hair.
Amino acids are also important when it comes to transportation and storage of nutrients in the body.
There are 20 standard amino acids, which are categorized as essential, semi-essential and non-essential.
Only 9 of the standard amino acids are essential for the human body as we cannot produce them ourselves. They are:-
These essential amino acids can be found in foods such as meat, legumes, seeds, nuts, fish, poultry, plant protein, leafy greens, etc.
A lot of these foods and possible variations are covered extensively in 95 Foods for Healthy Hair Care & Growth.
What Are Liquid Amino Acids?
Liquid amino acid is a liquid protein concentrate derived from soybeans or coconut sap and purified water.
It’s usually promoted as a healthy, gluten-free and vegan free alternative to soy sauce.
Liquid amino is used in salads, stir-fries, casseroles, dressings, marinades, soups, veggies and so much more.
If you try out liquid amino acids in your hair care regimen and your hair doesn’t like it, it’s not wasted.
You can transfer it to the kitchen and use it in a lot of imaginative ways in marinades, baking and stir frying.
Benefits of Liquid Amino Acids for Hair
So, if something is so fabulous for cooking, why would it make any difference if applied directly to hair?
Well, we already put half of what we cook with on our hair so why not liquid amino acids?
1. Strengthens Hair
2. Softens Hair
A liquid amino acid treatment softens curly hair and makes it easier to detangle by slightly loosening your curls. Please note it cannot straighten curly hair.
3. Eliminates Damage
If you have damaged hair from too much heat or chemicals, liquid amino acids can help restore health and strength to your hair.
4. Improves Hair Color
When used as a treatment post dyeing hair with henna and indigo, it will improve the color vibrancy and make it last longer.
5. Stops Shedding and Breakage
A good liquid amino acid treatment can also stop excessive hair shedding and breakage. It also increases the hair’s ability to retain moisture.
How are liquid amino acids able to achieve all these things? As the name states, they contain amino acids that promote healthier hair and hair growth.
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What Amino Acids Promote Hair Growth?
There are 20 standard amino acids. Out of these, only 4 are required for stronger and healthier hair growth. They are:-
Arginine is a non-essential amino acid found in nuts, red meat, and dairy products.
It stimulates blood circulation around hair follicles ensuring all the nutrients your body produces reached your scalp as well.
Out of all the standard amino acids, cysteine makes up the biggest component of keratin. It improves hair strength and provides sulfur to the hair cells.
This promotes silkier hair texture, elasticity and stronger hair leading to better retention. Cysteine can be found in broccoli, green veggies, and dairy products.
Lysine boasts restorative properties. It stimulates collagen production. This will make hair more resilient to damage, and give fine hair bounce and volume.
Collage production is one of the things in our body that reduces as we age so this amino acid is especially important. Lysine can be found in meat, seafood, and cheese.
Last but not least, methionine is an essential amino acid that helps make pre-collagen (the precursor to collagen). It also works as an antioxidant to help prevent an imbalance called oxidation stress.
Not only is methionine a great amino acid for hair loss, studies have suggested that it may even play a role in slowing down grey hair! We’ll take it.
Working together, all these amino acids can help stimulate stronger and healthier hair growth.
How to Use Liquid Amino Acid on Hair
Cherry Lola Treatment
The Cherry Lola treatment was created some time ago by a blogger. It’s a formulation that’s supposed to help repair damaged hair and promote strength and shine.
The treatment is simple, contains only a few ingredients and requires less than an hour although it can be messy. The Cherry Lola treatment is also the foundation for the Max Hydration Method.
The Cherry Lola treatment requires baking soda, liquid amino acids, and plain yogurt.
- Mix 1 16 oz pack of plain yoghurt with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of liquid amino acids.
- Whisk until smooth and apply to clean hair in sections.
- Leave on for 30 minutes then co-wash your hair with a moisturizing conditioner.
The next article will go into greater detail about the Cherry Lola treatment including tips and tricks to make the application less messy.
Max Hydration Method
The Max Hydration Method was developed by a lady on BHM Forum. The idea behind the method is to help all hair types achieve maximum curl definition and moisture retention.
The Max Hydration Method involves 5 steps, which can be very time consuming but I use the modified method, which cuts down the time significantly.
A complete breakdown of the Max Hydration Method will follow this article so keep your eye on the blog over the next few days.
Where to Buy Liquid Amino Acid?
Liquid Amino Acids are readily available at most supermarkets but the most popular brands used for hair care purposes include:-
These products contain the following amino acids – arginine, aspartic, lysine, glutamic, serine, threonine, alanine, glycine, proline, isoleucine, methionine, valine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and leucine.
Hair Products with Amino Acids
- Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner
- Maple Holistics Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner
- Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo
- Wella Professionals Fusion Mask
- Redken All Soft Heavy Cream