Protein Overload: Too Much of a Good Thing
Updated: Aug 18
'Protein is essential for every organ in your body. It is particularly involved in healthy hair. Keratinocytes are responsible for making keratin, a type of protein essential to hair growth. If you do not take in enough in your diet, hair loss can occur or hair can become dull and brittle.'
Wait but did you know that too much protein can have the SAME impact on your hair? Hair that has become unusually dry/brittle, excessively shedding and tangles are all signs of protein overload!
Protein overload happens when you add too much protein to the hair. Several types of
protein make up a hair strand, but the major protein that makes up the hair is keratin. Keratin gives hair its structure and strength for health. However, it is not the only key ingredient required for healthy hair. Healthy hair needs water. Moisture and protein must exist in balance for optimal health. Too much of either will compromise the health of your hair.
Manufacturers place protein in haircare products to fill the gaps of damaged hair so it can be strong again. However, too much of this can cause your hair to become stiff, brittle and inelastic. Using products with added protein listed in the ingredients habitually can cause an overload to occur. These products are meant for hair that is in a rehabilitation phase and require specifically, more protein. Carefully choosing when to use certain products is important in a effective product-routine. Also, remember our bodies play a role in this as well. For example, if your body naturally retains higher amounts of protein, then using products with added proteins will contribute to buildup of protein over time.
Let’s Reverse This Buildup!
1. Check all your product labels and do not use them if they contain added protein.
2. Use an Apple cider vinegar rinse to remove buildup. Buildup hinders your attempts to moisturize your hair.
3. Use a moisturizing shampoo that is sulfate free or cowash.
4. Deep condition with heat weekly depending on the severity of the problem (my usual recommendation is biweekly). Use moisturizing deep conditioners that are protein-free. Apply heat during the deep conditioning process to help the moisture penetrate the hair shaft. Keep in mind that it is a best practice to use Crown Growth Oil-Almond Edition on your scalp during a deep conditioning treatment to protect and nourish your scalp. Our Flaxseed Thermal Treatment Cap will be perfect for this treatment as it allows you mobility freeing you from sitting under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes to an hour giving you the same benefits!
5. Replenish moisture in your hair as needed. This could mean using a leave-in conditioner, aloe/rose water etc. Eventually you’ll want to be able to get moisture to last up to 7 days before replenishing moisture again. Our Crown Growth Oil-Almond Edition is perfect here because it does not contain coconut oil (a protein retainer) and maximizes moisture retention as a nourishing sealant. Delivering a premium haircare experience.
You will begin to see results after the first cycle of treatment. If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact us and we will do our best to address them for you. Please LIKE & SHARE! Until next time...
Peace and blessings....
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