Protein deficiency is a topic that most of us naturals never really pay attention to often. A lot of us don’t even know that our hair is mainly made up of protein. Protein is one of the key ingredients for having strong and healthy hair. Keeping a proper balance of protein and moisture is essential for maintaining strong strands. However, where a lot of us fall short is knowing whether our hair is lacking protein or moisture. Most of us that are experiencing dry, damaged hair assume that it’s from the lack of moisture and end up using moisturizing treatment to address the issue when it’s actually the lack of protein that could be causing the damage.
Everyday styling, chemical treatments, and environmental factors all play a factor in why we lose protein over time. Protein loss creates gaps and holes in the hair strand which eventually leads to damage and breakage. This is why protein treatments are a necessity in everyone’s haircare regimen. They provide the hair with a variety of nutrients and proteins to help reconstruct and strengthen your hair.
If you are experiencing any of the following below, you may be in need of a protein treatment.
1. Hair is super porous.
Does your hair always look and feel very coarse, and dry? Hair that is highly porous has gaps and holes in the cuticle, allowing moisture to easily pass in and out.
2. Hair has low elasticity.
If you stretch out your hair and doesn’t return back to normal or instead stretches and breaks, there is a good chance your hair is lacking protein.
3. Excessive dryness and breakage.
Shedding can be a sign that your hair is lacking protein. Especially if the breakage is caused by your hair not being strong enough.
4. If your hair has recently been chemically treated or heat-treated
It’s important to make sure your hair is strong enough to handle the use of styling tools such as a flat iron, curling iron, blow dryer, etc. Using a good protein deep conditioner before and after you apply heat, will keep your hair in better shape and less prone to damage
5. Hair looks limp and stringy.
When you begin to lose protein in your hair, you’ll notice that your natural curls feel limp and doesn’t look or feel the way it usually does. A good protein treatment can bring the life back to your strands.
Check your hair for these signs to see if you may be lacking protein and if you are, be sure add a protein treatment to your regimen.