Protein and its sensitivity on hair

Protein plays a major role in strengthening your hair. It Increases shine and elasticity and helps in hair growth as well. We require a balance of moisture and protein in order to have healthy hair. However, how do we know this requirement and how do we decide if our hair needs more protein or more moisture? Well, we will be able to know this by performing the below test.

  • The Strand test – Take a strand of your hair, wet it with water, then gently stretch it. If it returns to its original length without breaking, you have properly balanced moisture/protein levels. However, if it stretches more than it should and breaks, you probably need protein. If it doesn’t stretch much, you need moisture.
  • Go by feel – Stringy, limp, or sticky hair generally needs more protein. If your hair feels tough or hard, it probably has too much protein in it. However, if your hair is dry, tangled, and weak, it needs moisture. Overly soft hair that is breaking and won’t style has too much moisture.

If your hair needs more moisture, just follow a regular deep condition treatment (see my earlier post on deep condition).

And if your hair lacks protein, you could do a protein treatment such as a gelatine pack treatment and use hair products containing protein ingredient such as Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Soy protein, milk protein, silk protein or keratin.

What is Protein sensitivity?

If you experience dry, stiff, and brittle hair after using a particular product with protein or high level of protein percentage, it is a good indicator that you might be sensitive to protein. You could examine this especially after doing a deep condition treatment since it is suppose to moisturise your hair.

If you find yourself in such a situation, there are two possibilities:

  • There could be a protein build up in your hair and you will need to clarify your hair with a good shampoo which would do the trick.
  • And the second is you could actually be sensitive to protein and need to ditch all your products containing protein ingredient such as:
    • Amino acids
    • Animal protein
    • Collagen
    • Keratin
    • Milk Protein
    • Panthenol
    • Rice protein
    • Soy Protein
    • Wheat protein etc.

My experience with Protein sensitivity

As I have already mentioned in my earlier post- The Unknown facts! ( under “My Journey”) that my hair too is sensitive to protein. And I realised it first while using COCONUT OIL which does not prevent protein loss from hair. And, I was also using hair products having ingredients with proteins and a humectant which for most is harmless, but some hair types reject it, and instead of moisturising it has the same effect as protein on the hair, making it super coarse and brittle which is “Panthenol”.  Thus, I had to totally avoid them to regain my curl texture and moisture back. It took me a while to understand my hair but I am happy that i finally did.  🙂


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