Got Breakage? It May Be Time to Add Protein to your Natural Hair Care Regimen

Do I need to add protein to my natural hair routine?

Knowing whether your hair needs protein is a matter of asking whether your hair is breaking because it's dry and lacks moisture, or is it breaking because it's weak and lacks elasticity. Breakage usually occurs when the hair lacks strength and flexibility, causing your hair strands to become dry, brittle and eventually break. 

Breakage can also be contributed to damage done caused by poor hair care or styling habits such as using excessive heat in your hair, using drying gels and styling products, constant friction, using harsh cleansing agents and frequent chemical hair coloring. Although a protein treatment is only a temporary repair for your hair, it can help strengthen the hair follicle by filling in the cuticle layer and creating a protective barrier around the hair shaft.
This also helps protect and prevent further damage to your natural hair. Additionally, there are quite a few nutrients in protein that will help strengthen the hair over time to help achieve healthier natural hair growth. Your hair will become stronger and more resistant to breakage, but keep in mind that this does not occur overnight.

Do I Need to Add Protein Treatments to My Natural Hair Care Regimen?  

Natural Curly Hair

Your hair is naturally constructed of more than 90 percent of a protein called Keratin. By adding protein to you natural hair care regimen, hair that lacks elasticity can be temporarily repaired. 

You can determine the elasticity of your hair by stretching a single strand to see if it will bounce back. If it does, then you may not need to add protein treatments as a priority to your hair care regimen. Of course, adding them to your routine won't hurt unless you go overboard. 

If your hair strand easily breaks when stretching it, then adding protein to your hair care regimen may be something for you to consider trying soon. Especially if you've been noticing more breakage or split ends in your hair lately.

Another thing to consider is if you regularly use high heat to blow-dry your hair. Using heat styling tools or chemical hair dyes in your hair on a regular basis can be damaging to the hair and compromise the protein levels in your hair. You could greatly benefit from adding protein to your natural hair care routine to prevent damage if this is you.

What Type of Protein Treatments Should I Use for My Hair?

Choosing the right type of protein to use for your natural hair often takes a bit of trial and error at first because not all protein treatments are ideal for your hair type, and using too much can actually cause more breakage and damage

The type of protein that is meant for your hair is available in several forms including deep conditioning treatments, protein packs, hair reconstructors and light protein treatments. Choosing the one that will work best for you will all depend on your natural hair needs.

Natural Hair Needs Protein

• If Your Hair is Slightly Damaged:

For hair that may be lacking elasticity and vibrancy, you may want to go for a lighter type of protein treatment such as a conditioner or leave-in that contains protein, or you could opt for using a single-use protein pack.

All of these are ideal if you very rarely use heat to style your natural hair or you just wanted to fortify your natural hair strands.You can add these products to your natural hair care regime once or twice a month without overdoing it.
Be sure to follow-up with a good moisturizing conditioner after your protein treatment to prevent your hair from becoming dry because too much protein can actually have adverse results.

Protein treatments for damaged hair

Recommended products for a light protein hair treatment:

• If Your Hair is Moderately or Severely Damaged:

Protein Treatments for Natural Hair

You should always take special steps for hair that is suffering from severe damage. Depending on the nature of the damage, the only real remedy may be to trim the damaged hair and let it grow back. 

Severely damaged hair can benefit from protein packs, a protein hair mask, reconstructive or deep conditioning treatment. Whichever type of protein treatment that you select, be sure to follow the label instructions carefully in order to achieve the best results and prevent further damage

Protein severely damaged natural hair

Recommended products for a deep protein hair treatment:

How Often Should I Use Protein Treatments on My Natural Hair?

For natural hair that shows very little signs of damage, a monthly treatment should be adequate enough to show results. For hair that has moderate to severe signs of damage, a weekly deep protein treatment should suffice. Adding a light protein conditioner to your regimen at least once a week will also help to greatly improve the condition of your natural hair.

Finding the right protein treatment for your natural hair all depends on the condition of your hair and what your hair needs. There are a ton of choices when it comes to getting the right protein treatment for your hair. Be sure to read the labels to be o make sure that you are not getting a protein treatment that may be too harsh or even too weak for your specific hair needs.

Do you find protein treatments to be effective for your natural hair? How can you tell when your hair is in need of one? Tell us your favorite protein treatments in the comments below!

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