- Why Protein Treatments And Reconstructors Are Important In Black Hair Care
- Types Of Proteins And Their Benefits
- Adding Protein Treatments and Reconstructors to Your Regimen
- Final Considerations
Protein treatments range from relatively light to quite strong. Many of us need light protein in our regimens, but without sufficient knowledge of our hair and what it needs, we may end up applying heavy proteins when that is not what is required.
Some of the proteins we need are already formulated into the shampoos and conditioners that we use and if we aren’t paying attention, we may be using these consistently on a weekly basis along with protein rich oils like coconut oil, or heavy butters as well as hard protein treatments, until we notice that hair has gotten a bit hard and may be breaking off. Yes, protein overload can lead to brittle hair that eventually breaks. In such cases, restoring moisture and laying off the protein for a few weeks can do wonders.
If your hair is highly porous, won’t hold moisture, tends to feel mushy and weak, the possibility exists that your hair has lost structure as a result of loss of protein. You may need protein reconstructors to help restore your hair. Generally, protein shampoos and conditioners and reconstructors can safely be used bi-weekly without adversely affecting the hair. A good light protein is Motions CPR Protein Reconstructor.
Strong proteins, on the other hand, are neither shampoos or conditioners. Their sole purpose is to impart protein to the hair so they are referred to as protein treatments. Good examples are Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment and Nexxus Emergencee.
These should only ever be used when extreme breakage is being experienced or where breakage is anticipated e.g. before a chemical service. Their recommended use is every 6-8 weeks and should always be followed up with a moisturizing conditioner. See the article on how to choose a conditioner.
No one knows your hair like you do. Find out what your hair is asking you for then apply the knowledge you have garnered here to make the best choice about what type of protein treatments and reconstructors are best suited to your needs and your lifestyle. Whatever you do, just know that you can’t afford to eliminate protein from your regimen altogether, as that could lead to unfavorable results.
Updated by Marsha Buchannan