Protein Overload: What Is It & How To Fix It

What is Protein Overload?

Protein Overload happens when you add too much protein to your hair. Too much of anything is bad for you. On a scale of moisturise and protein hydrofatique is at one extreme and protein overload is on the other. You want to ideally find the right balance by adding deep conditioning and protein treatments to your regimen. 


Do You Have It?

Here are the signs of protein overload:

1. Dry and brittle hair.  Hair feel stiff like straw. 

2. Excessive shedding and tangles. 

3. Hair lacks natural shine

4. Breakage.


How to Fix it

1. Stick to your wash day schedule.

After a few wash days your hair should return to normal, be consistent.

Wash. Condition/Deep condition. Moisturise. Style. Ta da!


2. Condition x3 

Do more deep conditioning treatments during this time, to help get you hair back to normal. Remember you need balance. Don't over do it. Deep conditioning with heat can be a life changer, whether it be using a plastic bag, deep conditioning cap or deep conditioning heat cap (the one you put in the microwave).


3. Avoid protein.

Not just treatments, but protein in your styling products too.

You need to stop using any products that contain any proteins in the ingredients. This may be really hard to do. Here are a list of some protins to look out or on product labels:

  • Keratin
  • Hydrolyzed collagen
  • Wheat protein
  • Quinoa protein
  • Rice protein
  • Soy protein
  • Silk protein
  • Amino acids

4. Moisturise x3

Make sure to implement moisturising practices. Spritz your hair with water a seal with an oil and or leave in conditioner of choice.


5. Wear Low Manipulation Styles

By reducing the manipulation you reduce your chances of breakage. Remember your hair is in a very fragile state.


Feel free to leave a comment. Have you ever experienced protein overload? What did you do? :) 

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