Plant Proteins: Harnessing Nature’s Power for Your Hair

Plant Proteins: Harnessing Nature’s Power for Your Hair

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Plant proteins have taken the beauty world by storm as a natural and effective way to nurture hair. Sourced from plants like soybeans, quinoa, and wheat, these proteins are packed with amino acids that offer essential nourishment.

We've harnessed the power of this natural ingredient to create Keraplantin™, a star feature in our Protein Shake Hair Mask.

In this blog, we'll explore the key benefits of plant proteins, their use in hair and skin care, how they compare to other ingredients, and their safety in beauty applications.


What are Plant Proteins?

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Plant proteins are extracted from a variety of botanical sources and include types such as pea protein, rice protein, and soy protein. 

Unlike animal proteins, plant proteins are obtained through environmentally friendly processes that maintain the integrity of their amino acids – the building blocks that play a crucial role in maintaining and repairing body tissues, including those in our skin and hair.


The Science behind Plant-based Proteins

Plant-based proteins are highly effective in skin and hair care due to their unique ability to mimic and enhance the natural proteins found in the human body. 

These proteins, derived from sources such as soy, rice, and quinoa, contain essential amino acids that are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity and health of skin and hair. In skin care, plant-based proteins help boost collagen production, improve skin elasticity, and promote hydration by forming a protective barrier that retains moisture.

A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) highlights that hydrolyzed soy protein significantly improves skin's moisture retention and elasticity, making it a valuable ingredient in anti-aging products.

Similarly, in hair care, plant-based proteins strengthen hair strands, repair damage, and enhance hair's natural shine and elasticity. Research has demonstrated that hydrolyzed wheat protein penetrates the hair shaft to reinforce and smooth the cuticle, resulting in stronger and shinier hair. 

Benefits of Plant-Based Proteins for Skin and Hair

For Skin:


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  1. Enhanced Hydration
    • Plant-based proteins help lock in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated and preventing dryness.
  2. Boosted Collagen Production
    • They stimulate collagen synthesis, which helps maintain skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Improved Skin Barrier
    • These proteins strengthen the skin barrier, protecting it from environmental aggressors and reducing sensitivity.
  4. Soothing Irritation
    • Plant-based proteins possess anti-inflammatory properties that can calm and soothe irritated skin, making them ideal for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
  5. Smoother Skin Texture
    • They improve skin texture by smoothing rough patches and enhancing overall skin softness.
  6. Antioxidant Protection
    • Rich in antioxidants, plant-based proteins protect the skin from free radical damage and oxidative stress, promoting a healthier complexion.
  7. Increased Elasticity
    • By supporting the skin's structural proteins, these plant proteins enhance skin elasticity, making it firmer and more resilient.
  8. Even Skin Tone
    • They help reduce hyperpigmentation and promote an even skin tone by inhibiting melanin production.
  9. Anti-Aging Benefits
    • Plant-based proteins offer anti-aging benefits by promoting cell regeneration and reducing the appearance of age spots and wrinkles.
  10. Enhanced Product Efficacy
    • They improve the efficacy of other active ingredients in skincare formulations by facilitating better absorption and penetration.


For Hair:

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  1. Strengthened Hair Strands
    • Plant-based proteins fortify hair strands, reducing breakage and split ends by providing essential nutrients that strengthen the hair from within.
  2. Improved Hair Elasticity
    • These proteins enhance the elasticity of hair, making it more resilient to styling and environmental stressors.
  3. Repaired Damaged Hair
    • They help repair damaged hair by filling in gaps in the hair cuticle, resulting in smoother and healthier hair.
  4. Boosted Hair Growth
    • Plant-based proteins stimulate hair follicles, encouraging healthier and faster hair growth.
  5. Added Volume and Thickness
    • These proteins can add volume and thickness to the hair, making it appear fuller and more voluminous.
  6. Moisturized and Hydrated Hair
    • They lock in moisture in the hair shaft, preventing dryness and frizz, and leaving the hair soft and manageable.
  7. Protected Hair Color
    • Plant-based proteins protect hair color by forming a protective barrier around the hair shaft, preventing color fade and damage from environmental factors.
  8. Reduced Frizz and Enhanced Shine
    • They smooth the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and adding a natural shine to the hair.
  9. Nourished Scalp
    • These proteins nourish the scalp, improving its health and reducing issues such as dryness, itchiness, and dandruff.
  10. Supported Natural Hair Texture
    • Plant-based proteins enhance the natural texture of hair, whether it’s curly, wavy, or straight, making it more defined and easier to manage.


Comparison to Other Ingredients

Compared to synthetic or animal-based ingredients, plant proteins are lightweight and provide gentle, hypoallergenic nourishment. They work by penetrating the hair shaft, offering deeper care than heavier oils or silicones that may only coat the hair.

For beauty purposes, plant proteins often match or even surpass the effectiveness of animal proteins, particularly in terms of absorption and hypoallergenic properties.



Because they are naturally sourced, they are safe for most hair types and offer a clean alternative to harsh chemicals.

Incorporating plant proteins into daily diet and beauty regimes is safe and beneficial.


How to Incorporate Plant-Based Protein into Your Skin and Hair Care Routine

For Skin Care

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  1. Hydration and Moisture Retention

    • How-to: Use a moisturizer or serum containing plant-based proteins as part of your daily skincare routine. Look for products with ingredients like soy protein, rice protein, or pea protein to lock in moisture.

  2. Night Serums for Collagen boost

    • How-to: Incorporate a plant-based protein serum or cream into your nighttime routine to boost collagen production. Choose products with hydrolyzed plant proteins for better absorption and effectiveness.

  3. Moisturizers for Barrier Repair

    • How-to: Apply a plant-based protein-rich moisturizer after cleansing to repair and strengthen the skin barrier. Opt for products with oat protein or quinoa protein for their soothing and barrier-repairing properties.

  4. Soothing and Calming Masks

    • How-to: Use a plant-based protein mask once or twice a week to calm irritated skin. Look for masks with ingredients like aloe vera protein or chamomile protein for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

  5. Enhancing Skin Elasticity with serums or creams 

    • How-to: Apply a firming cream or serum with plant-based proteins daily to enhance skin elasticity. Look for products containing soy protein or pea protein for optimal results.

  6. Reducing Hyperpigmentation

    • How-to: Use a brightening serum with plant-based proteins to reduce hyperpigmentation and even skin tone. Choose products with licorice root protein or mulberry protein for their skin-lightening effects.


For Hair Care

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  1. Strengthening Shampoo/Conditioners

    • How-to: Use a plant-based protein shampoo and conditioner to strengthen hair strands. Look for products with ingredients like quinoa protein or soy protein to reduce breakage.

  2. Leave in Conditioner for Enhancing Hair Elasticity

    • How-to: Apply a leave-in conditioner with plant-based proteins to improve hair elasticity. Choose products with wheat protein or rice protein for added resilience.

  3. Repairing Hair Masks

    • How-to: Use a plant-based protein hair mask weekly to repair damaged hair. Opt for masks with pea protein or oat protein for deep conditioning and repair.

  4. Hair Growth Boosting Treatments

    • How-to: Massage a plant-based protein scalp treatment into your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Look for treatments with ingredients like mung bean protein or lentil protein to nourish hair follicles.

  5. Volumizing Sprays 

    • How-to: Use a volumizing spray or mousse with plant-based proteins to add volume and thickness. Choose products with hydrolyzed vegetable protein for a fuller appearance.

  6. Hydrating Hair Serums 

    • How-to: Apply a hydrating hair serum with plant-based proteins to lock in moisture and reduce frizz. Use serums with aloe vera protein or coconut protein for smooth, manageable hair.

  7. Reducing Frizz and Enhancing Shine

    • How-to: Apply a smoothing serum or oil with plant-based proteins to reduce frizz and enhance shine. Choose products with argan protein or jojoba protein for a glossy finish.


Keraplantin™ in Abyssian Products

As we mentioned earlier, we’ve recognised how powerful plant proteins can be for the hair and utilized it to create Keraplantin™. 

A silicone-free city-proof hair and scalp mask, our Protein shake hair mask replenishes your hair’s strength, boosting the recovery of both hair and scalp from exposure to UV. 

We selected 3 plant-proteins among over 1000 crops for their affinity with the hair molecular structure: the result is KeraPlantin™, a patented active making the hair 2.2x stronger and reducing split ends by 53%.

Depicted in the image above are before and after results after using the Protein Shake hair mask. 


Ethical and Sustainability Considerations

Choosing plant-based proteins supports sustainable and ethical beauty practices by reducing reliance on animal-derived ingredients, which often have a heavier environmental footprint.



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Embracing plant proteins in your beauty regimen is not just a trend; it’s a lifestyle choice that benefits your personal health and the health of our planet. 

These natural ingredients help maintain the beauty of your skin and hair by providing essential nutrients that promote longevity and vitality. 


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