When To Apply A Protein Treatment

After countless sew-ins, u-part wigs, and hair color- one’s hair can become extremely damaged. Yes, these styles are looked upon as harmless Protective Styles, but are they really? 

U-Part Wigs  

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U-Part wigs are wigs made out of wefted Human, Synthetic, or Yaki hair. Most naturals see this as a protective style because they are able to take the wig unit off of their heads whenever they want, to properly take care of their hair. While this is better than a sew-in, hair extensions sewn into braids on your scalp that are left in for a duration of 1-3 months, most fail to realize their leave-out is getting damaged. If you have naturally curly/kinky/coily hair textures ranging from 3a-4c, and have a u-part wig made with straight or wavy hair extensions, most likely you’re going to have to flat iron your leave out. Whether it’s little to a lot of heat being applied to your natural hair, heat is heat. When it’s humid outside, you’ll have to flat iron your hair. When it’s raining, and you’re caught outside without an umbrella, you’ll have to flat iron your hair. When your roots need a touch up of heat or your edges get “out of control” – you’ll have to flat iron your hair. All of the constant heat will cause heat damage and who wants a head full of BEAUTIFUL curls, kinks, and coils… with straight pieces randomly sprawled throughout? Right, no one.

 Hair Color  

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Whether professionally dyed, or dyed as a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, when hair is chemically colored (especially from darker to lighter,) it’s altered and it’s protein and moisture levels are altered. Have you ever seen some people with colored natural hair that have limp, straight pieces when they wear their hair in it’s freshly washed, no product, natural state? Most people will tell them “Oh girl, your hair is damaged, you HAVE to cut that off, there’s no other solution.” Actually that’s a misconception. Some hair damage is left untreated and the only easy heart wrenching solution, is to cut it off… keyword SOME. If you have damaged hair and you’re wondering what to do to get your curls back, 2 words, Protein & Moisture. This is a touchy subject because too much protein can cause hair to become dry and brittle, and too much moisture can cause the hair to become limp and fragile – which is the opposite of what you’re aiming for. The key to balancing out protein and moisture in one’s hair is a protein treatment.

Protein Treatment

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Whether professionally dyed, or dyed as a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, when hair is chemically colored (especially from darker to lighter,) it’s protein and moisture levels are altered. Have you ever seen some people with colored natural hair that have limp, straight pieces when they wear their hair in it’s freshly washed, no product, natural state? Most people will tell them “Oh girl, your hair is damaged, you HAVE to cut that off, there’s no other solution.” Actually that’s a misconception. Some hair damage is left untreated and the only easy heart wrenching solution, is to cut it off… keyword SOME. If you have damaged hair and you’re wondering what to do to get your curls back, 2 words, Protein & Moisture. This is a touchy subject because too much protein can cause hair to become dry and brittle, and too much moisture can cause the hair to become limp and fragile – which is the opposite of what you’re aiming for. The key to balancing out protein and moisture in one’s hair is a protein treatment.

Protein Treatments  

There are different types of Protein Treatment. There Protein Packs, Protein Treatments, and Reconctructors, etc… Some people don’t need an intensive protein treatment, just like some people need more than a quick protein treatment. You have to assess your hair’s health and choose the best treatment that meets your hair needs. There are different types of Treatments.

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Protein packs 

Reconstructors

Deep penetrating treatments

Light protein treatments

As most things, protein treatments should be done in moderation. You don’t need a protein treatment every time you wash your hair, and CurlyInCollege would advise you against it. Like stated before, too much protein and moisture can be bad for your hair.

Sources Blogger, G. (2014, February 18). THE RIGHT PROTEIN TREATMENT FOR YOUR NATURAL HAIR. Retrieved June 06, 2014, from Curlynikki: http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/11/the-right-protein-treatment-for-your.html

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Moriah Banks

Moriah Banks, Intern for CurlyInCollege, is a college freshman at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She’s known for her involvement in her community, and her love for natural hair. In her spare time she travels the country and spends quality time with her loved ones. To see more of Moriah, follow her on Twitter and Instagram under the username moriahashleyy, or on her personal blog at moriahashleyy.wordpress.com.

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