Our hair is made up of around 90% protein (keratin) which reconstructs and strengthens our hair. Without sufficient protein, our hair will look lifeless, break and be uncooperative. However, too much of a good thing can be counter productive and that is definitely the case with protein.
YOUR HAIR IS HIGH POROSITY
High Porosity hair has gaps in the cuticle, allowing moisture to easily pass in and out. It also causes frizz, tangles and faster colour loss in colour treated hair. Protein is needed to fill the gaps and strengthen the strands.
HAIR HAS LOST ITS ELASTICITY
If your hair is losing its natural curl or snaps easily under slight tension, then it could be a sign. Why not test this by wetting your hair and stretch it. If your hair springs back to its original length, then it is balanced. If not, your hair is in need of a protein boost.
YOUR HAIR FEELS LIMP/STRINGY
This is known as Hydral Fatigue, which means your hair is over moisturised. It is caused by the hair cuticle being damaged by constantly swelling with moisture and contracting as it dries. Ultimately, this will weaken you strands over time.
RECENTLY COLOURED HAIR
Permanent hair colouring can break the bonds in you hair causing breakage and split ends. Aim to do a protein treatment 1-2 weeks after adding your colour. However, before adding your colour, always make sure your hair is healthy FIRST.
HAIR FEELS GUMMY/STICKY
If you know you haven’t been heavy with your product application, this could be a result of your hair’s inner layer (cortex) being weakened due to breakage/chemical treating. A protein treatment can rebuild your hair’s structure and bring it back to life.
Always make sure you’re using the correct strength of protein for your hair. Use a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks and ALWAYS follow with a moisturising treatment. Also, make sure the other products in your regimen are not too protein-heavy because that can accumulate on your hair.
Some people are more protein sensitive than others, so study the first five ingredients on your products and listen to what your hair is telling you.