Have you ever seen another natural’s hair looking so strong, healthy, full of life with popping curls? Maybe your hair used to be like that but now it feels so limp, dull, and lifeless with no popping curls. If this is you, then your hair probably lacks protein.
Wondering why your natural hair needs protein? Well, our hair is made out of a protein called keratin. This protein provides structure to the hair, giving it shape and strength. When our hair is exposed to things like sun, wind, pollutants, heat, and chemicals, they cause the proteins to break down. Over time, this causes loss of elasticity, strength, and leads to breakage. Hence, the need for a protein treatment.
Protein treatments help your hair to rebuild any damages done to it in the same way conditioners help restore moisture. Protein treatments are designed to give your hair strength. The proteins grab onto the hair follicle and fill in any holes or gaps within the cuticle. The result is stronger hair that looks and feels healthier.
However, it isn’t always easy to tell when you need a protein treatment. Your hair is great at giving you simple signs as to what it needs, you just have to understand it.
Some of the signs that your hair needs a protein treatment include;
1. Excessive shedding and breakage
Shedding is a natural part of the life of hair. We lose up to 100 strands per day naturally. However, if you find that you are losing hair that isn’t coming from your roots (hair strands with a white bulb), then, this is breakage. Breakage could be a result of lack of protein or lack of moisture and can however be linked to elasticity issues. Regular protein can prevent excess breakage.
2. Excessive dryness and brittleness
If your hair feels dry no matter how many times you try to moisturize or condition it, it could mean that your hair needs protein. Your hair needs more protein to hold onto the moisture and keep it in longer.
3. Loss of elasticity
Loss of elasticity is one sign you need a protein treatment. If you try to stretch your hair when wet and it doesn’t snap back or return to its natural state or curl pattern, then it might have lost its elasticity and it’s time to get a protein treatment.
4. Limp, weak and gummy hair
If your hair feels gummy, limp, weak, or mushy especially when wet (feels like overcooked noodles), then it is a big sign that your hair is damaged and you need a protein treatment for your hair. Also, if you slide your fingers through your hair and it feels too soft and comes off easily, it shows that your hair lacks strength.
5. Hair porosity levels
Highly porous hair can take in and release moisture quickly due to the gaps present in the outer layer of the hair strands. This makes the hair feel dry quickly even after being moisturized. A protein treatment can temporarily fill in the gaps to strengthen the hair strands and allow them to hold moisture longer.
N.B: Proteins have a hydrophilic end which enables them to hold onto water for a long time.
6. Color-treated hair
You know how it is important to deep condition color-treated hair regularly, it is equally important to do regular protein treatment on colored hair. Colour treated hair is highly porous and most susceptible to damage.
7. Damaged hair
If your hair has been severely damaged by heat or chemicals and lacks internal support, then you need a protein treatment to help reconstruct your hair’s support system and give life back to your strands.
Protein treatment boosts the hair with a variety of nutrients important to help reconstruct and strengthen hair strands. Having protein-packed strands is an amazing way to maintain your overall health and keep it in the best possible shape.
These treatments are also great for those who are planning on coloring or chemically texturizing their hair. Doing a protein treatment before chemically treating your hair strands helps to strengthen the base of your hair damage.
Protein balances the moisture in your hair to keep the hair healthy and strong. If you have enough protein but not enough moisture your hair will be dry, brittle, and stiff but too much moisture and not enough protein can leave your hair lifeless. The key is to find a moisture-protein balance.
Do you do a protein treatment? How often do you do a protein treatment?