Yikes…Protein Overload

by kcurly on December 3, 2009

in Healthy Hair Tips

This post is a bit late, but I finally had my first (and few) instances of serious protein overload.

For those of you who might not know, hair has to have a healthy balance of moisture and protein in order to feel and look great. My hair usually loves protein, but I overdid it this last time.

Here’s what I did:

  • I braided up my hair into sections.
  • Shampoo’d while in braids, since I’d used cones to flat iron
  • Applied homemade protein treatment to braids
  • Rinsed after 15 minutes
  • Applied moisturizing DC
  • Rinsed after an hour or so
Protein Treatment

Protein Treatment

I should also mention that my hair was suffering from dryness due to the silicones I use to keep my hair from reverting. My hair felt fine until it dried and then I knew I had a problem. I thought perhaps my hair was just getting back to normal after being straightened. So I cowashed it the next day with a protein based conditioner (which I will be reviewing soon) and the problem got even worse. Bingo!

Protein overload.

Symptoms of protein overload (in my experience):

  • unusually dry hair
  • brittle, hard hair
  • easily tangled…may lead to breakage

To rectify my problem, I washed my hair again and  used another deep conditioner, and left it in overnight. This fixed my problem and my hair is back to a healthy balance.

So what you can you do if you’ve got protein overload?

  • Avoid protein based products
  • Use a moisturizing DC to help restore balance to your hair



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  • http://www.textureplayground.com/blog Fleurzty

    I have to say this is the simplest way I’ve heard protein overload explained, without all the jargon. Great job, even I know what protein overload is now :)

  • http://www.serenity23.blogspot.com S23

    What did or do you recommend as a moisturizing DC?
    PS. I love your blog. I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I lurk!

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    S23, thanks for reading! Check out the Products I Love section for DC suggestions.

  • veggie210

    Oh my…LOL!! Sounds like you go through a lot of stuff to take care of your hair. I don’t have the time or desire, LOL..but you swim too, so that may be the reason why you do all that you do.

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