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    Default Whey for topical hair use

    I am getting ready to make paneer and am about to have a bunch of whey liquid left over. Has anyone tried or heard of applying whey as a hair treatment? What results does it give? Can the hair cuticle absorb the protein from straight whey?

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    I think most proteins require hydrolysis in order for the hair to be able to benefit from them.
    Ósnjallr maðr hyggsk munu ey lifa, ef hann við víg varask;
    en elli gefr hánum engi frið, þótt hánum geirar gefi.


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    Default Re: Whey for topical hair use

    Nope, I've never heard of whey before but I do like using products that have protein in it.

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    Default Re: Whey for topical hair use

    Me too, but I guess the ingredients labels on my products all say "hydrolyzed" in front of the protein. Ok, I'll save it for protein smoothies. Thanks!

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    Ok, I don't know what that ingredient, "hydrolyzed" means in front of the protein. You're welcome!

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    Default Re: Whey for topical hair use

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark40 View Post
    Ok, I don't know what that ingredient, "hydrolyzed" means in front of the protein. You're welcome!
    It means it has undergone hydrolysis, the process which I talked about in the first comment in this thread.
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    en elli gefr hánum engi frið, þótt hánum geirar gefi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ylva View Post
    It means it has undergone hydrolysis, the process which I talked about in the first comment in this thread.
    Oh, ok yeah I do remember reading that, Thanks!

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    Default Re: Whey for topical hair use

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark40 View Post
    Ok, I don't know what that ingredient, "hydrolyzed" means in front of the protein. You're welcome!
    Hydrolysis is the chemical breakdown of a molecule in a reaction with water (from the Greek, hydro = water, lysis = breakdown) so a hydrolysed protein has been broken down into molecules small enough to penetrate the hair shaft Most whole proteins are too large to penetrate so they have no strengthening effect.
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    Default Re: Whey for topical hair use

    @Dark40 Hydrolyzed proteins are just proteins that get broken down into amino acids - just the basics of what make up that protein. One of my dogs is on a hydrolyzed soy protein diet. He has issues digesting, so breaking the protein down reduces it to something his body doesn't react to.

    The process of doing so is hydrolysis, like Ylva said.

    I also thought that for hair to benefit it needs to be hydrolyzed, but I could of sworn I read somewhere that it depends on the protein? Or maybe I'm imagining it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicalSpoons View Post
    Hydrolysis is the chemical breakdown of a molecule in a reaction with water (from the Greek, hydro = water, lysis = breakdown) so a hydrolysed protein has been broken down into molecules small enough to penetrate the hair shaft Most whole proteins are too large to penetrate so they have no strengthening effect.
    Ok, thank you for explaining that to me. Because, I didn't understand what hydrolysis meant at first.

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