What is Protein Overload?
Protein overload occurs when the natural balance of protein and moisture have been disrupted. Hence, having too much protein in the hair which results in a protein overload.
Experiencing protein overload can be disheartening to say the least. Knowing how to handle the situation is the first step in correcting the problem. If you do not know if you are experiencing protein overload or not, you can take the quiz below and find solutions here.
An overload of protein can occur for a variety of reasons. Whether it be in your styling products, protein treatments, or even an over use of coconut oil. So how do you know what you are getting yourself into? Here is a list of ingredients to look for on the back of your products that contain protein:
What to Look For:
- Hydrolyzed Protein
- Silk Amino Acids
- Rice Protein
- Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
- Soy Protein
- Wheat Flour
- Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
As you can see it is a pretty extensive list of different ways to say “protein”. If you are suffering from an overload of protein you will want to stay away from protein treatments and products that are protein-rich.
Protein Rich Products:
- The Aphogee Hair Care Line
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
- Motop Deep Conditioner
- SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk
- Eco Styler Gels
Sometimes your protein overload may come from the use of coconut oil. Coconut oil has been known to prevent protein loss and be beneficial to the hair. However, everyone does not reap the same benefits of coconut oil and sometimes can get overloaded with protein by using it too often. Find out more about protein overload and coconut oil here.
How to Solve The Problem:
Deep Condition Weekly
Deep conditioning weekly with a moisture based deep conditioner will help balance things out again giving your hair the much needed moisture that it is craving.
Shampoo Your Hair With a Clarifying Shampoo
When using a clarifying shampoo it is like starting from scratch. This is much needed when you have suffered from the use of too much protein.
Use Moisture Based Products
Using moisture based products will help your get back in the balance of things and stop the dryness and excessive breakage.
Don’t know if you’re experiencing a protein overload? Take the quiz below.