If your natural hair is showing signs of damage, you might be wondering whether you should do a protein treatment. Even if your hair isn’t showing major signs of damage, you still may consider using protein to make your mane healthier.
Deciding whether to do a protein treatment can be confusing because there are several to choose from. You might also be concerned about breakage and being overly sensitive to protein.
In this post, you’ll get a comprehensive overlook of protein treatments, so you can choose whether you want to add them to your natural hair regimen.
When your hair is damaged, the integrity of the shaft weakens, and your hair will appear dull and unhealthy. If the cortex has been broken down with rough handling and chemical treatments, then it can easily develop split ends and break. Plus, damaged hair looks less shiny because there are so many holes in the strand.
Protein treatments help to fill in the gaps on porous hair. They do not permanently repair the hair shaft, but they do aid in patching up the holes.
If your hair is showing signs of damage, you might benefit from a protein treatment. Consider doing a home protein treatment if you have one of the following types of hair:
There are several types of protein on the market and choosing one can get overwhelming. Above all else, make sure the product you choose is hydrolyzed or quaternized.
Hydrolyzation and quarternization are scientific ways to break down the protein so that you can infuse the molecules into the hair shaft. Here are some of the major types of protein for natural hair:
Are you protein-sensitive? Low porosity types tend to have trouble using protein and it can even cause too much brittleness for high porosity types too.
If your hair tends to break when you use protein products, you may want to try balancing them with moisture before you banish protein altogether.
Protein and moisture go together, and they work synergistically to create healthy strands. You should always do a deep conditioning treatment after doing a protein treatment.
If you’re still showing signs of protein overload and breakage after moisturizing, you may want to limit protein usage. However, you don’t want to completely throw them out because protein is healthy for your hair.
Instead, identify which of your products contain any of the above-listed proteins, and push the items to the back of your cabinet for 2-3 months while you focus on moisture. When your hair contains plenty moisture, you may be able to go back to using your protein products for strengthening your strands.
Using a protein treatment 1-2 times per month might be exactly what you need for stronger hair. Hair shine will increase as the holes in the hair shaft become fuller and your strands can reflect light better. Plus, you’ll enjoy the look and feel of having healthier hair that isn’t prone to breakage.
Have you tried protein treatments for your natural hair, and if so, were they effective at controlling breakage?