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Hopefully, by the end of the Blog, you will know the answer to the question that has plagued us all. Let me first start by explaining exactly what is Protein. Protein is defined as any of a class of nitrogenous organic compounds that consist of large molecules composed of one or more long chains of amino acids and are an essential part of all living organisms, especially as structural components of body tissues such as muscle, hair, collagen, etc., and as enzymes and antibodies…um Yeah! But in laymens terms, a Protein Treatment simply means that different protein properties are attached directly to the hair follicle to harden the cuticle layers which places a barrier around the follicle to help protect them from further damage…I think that made a little more sense. Their are basically five different protein treatments: They are Treatment Packs, Reconstructors, Deep Penetrating Treatments, Light Protein tTreatments & DIY Natural Protein Treatments but assessing the condition of your hair will determine which type of treatment you need.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN IS NEEDED
So how do we determine how much Protein our hair need? Here is a Simple Tip…Just LISTEN to Your Hair! Trust Me…It will show you Signs of when Protein (or moisture) is needed. I know as Naturals, We are soooo Programmed to Keep Our Hair “Moisturized” and that’s fine but there must be BALANCE; a definitely way of telling if your hair is out of Balance is when your hair starts to feel overly Moist, Limp & Mushy because tooooo much of a "Good Thing" can lead to over “Moisturizing” which can lead to Breakage due to the hair being very weak and fragile. Adding Protein (through the use of protein products & natural ingredients) will help reinforce fibers and fill in those cracks inside the hair shaft.
HOW OFTEN IS PROTEIN NEEDED
For me, I tend to err on the side of Balance instead of using it when it is necessary; so for me, it’s a Preventive Measure. I normally do a complete Protein Regimen every 3rd Wash which includes a Protein Shampoo, Protein Deep Conditioner or My DIY Protein Treatment, Protein Leave In & Protein enriched Styling Products for that week. Of course, these Protein Products are also moisturizing but I make sure they are Fully Packed with Protein. I know I have achieved the maximum balance when my hair is Uber Soft, Moisturized, Strong (very few hair in comb and no breakage or brittleness) and my Elasticity in right there in the middle.
Hopefully these few tips will help answer the question of whether Protein is really necessary…My Answer, Absolutely! The Health of my Hair totally Depends on it.
We would love to hear from you…Please feel free to share your comments with other Naturals!
Do you Incorporate Protein in your Hair Care Regimen?
If so, How Often?
What Protein Products or Ingredients do you Use?
Has Protein made a Difference in the Health of your Hair?
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