Why Does Black Hair Need Protein Treatments And Reconstructors?

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Adding Protein Treatments and Reconstructors to Your Regimen

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.

Final Considerations

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

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Lyssathequeen

    Thank you for these awesome tips about growing my hair.!!!! Can you use hair protein and the hair vitamins as well to grow the hair out and this is an awesome blog I will recommend to my Family and friends, Hope to hear from you

    1. Enlightened

      I have thin fine hair, and twist out don’t seem to work for me, any suggestions. Also, I want to thank you about those tips on deep conditioning and protein treatment.

  2. HAS

    Hi,
    i started using mix of oil like olive oil,almond oil,castor oil,eggs,honey and garlic every night before sleeping and wash off in the morning.It’s gonna affect my hair alreay damaged by washing everyday? I did this mixure to grow my hair and i’m trying to see after one month how long it can be.I do the mixure and wait for 30mn bfore applying but in between i take break every two days,I apply for two days,then take break for 1 day then start again.
    Thanks for your answers in advance

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