BY LUSETA BEAUTY
Hair—especially curly, black hair—is prone to damage and breakage from wear and tear and exposure to chemicals. Although your hair is made up of proteins, those proteins can break down over time and cause things like breakage and a loss in overall hair health. Protein treatments are a simple way to nourish your hair from the outside. While a protein treatment may not fully repair damage, it can help prevent even more by stopping further damage for a period of time. Below are a few red flags to look out for if you think you may need a protein treatment.
YOUR HAIR IS TOO POROUS
All hair is porous, which gives it the ability to absorb and hold moisture from water and other products you put into it. However, there’s a delicate balance between hair that’s too porous and hair that isn’t porous enough. When your hair is too porous it means that it’s lacking in proteins that will keep it from absorbing too much water. If your hair is able to absorb too much water, it will lead to things like frizz and breakage because your hair is at its most delicate when wet.
To figure out the porosity of your hair you can always do a float test. If your hair floats, it means it has a low porosity because it isn’t absorbing all of the water around it. If your hair’s porosity is too high, it will sink. You can also check to see how porous the hair is by running your finger against one individual strand. If you hold the strand with one hand and drag two fingers on it toward your face and feel bumps or it doesn’t slide easily, it means that your hair has a high porosity.
RECENT CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
An obvious issue, when you’ve recently exposed your hair to harsh chemicals (such as bleach or other permanent hair colors) your hair can take a lot of damage at once. Odds are high that if you’ve colored your hair recently it could use a protein treatment to help balance things out and prevent your hair from incurring unwanted breakage. The Keratin Smooth hair mask from Luseta Beauty is a quick and easy way to maintain hair health after you expose your hair to permanent dye or bleach.
YOUR HAIR FEELS LIMP OR FLAT
Obviously there are going to be some days when your hair just looks and feels heavier than usual. If that happens every day, though, it could be a sign that something is off. If your hair is suddenly more limp or appears flat despite being freshly washed, try using a protein treatment to liven things up again. If your hair looks stringy, it may be another sign that you need to give it some protein, too.
YOUR HAIR FEELS MUSHY OR STICKY
It may be hard to understand what this means if you’ve never experienced it, but if you’ve noticed that your hair feels extra mushy when you’re in the shower or has a sticky feeling even when nothing is in it, it means that you need to give it some protein. When your hair feels gummy to the touch, it means that your hair has suffered a lot of damage to its inner structure and needs some help building up again. A protein treatment can help rebuild broken parts of the hair from the outside, helping it feel stronger.
YOUR NATURAL CURL IS GONE
Odds are high that your natural hair will never truly lose its curl completely, especially for tighter curls in types 3 and 4 hair. But if you’ve noticed that your hair is somehow less curly than usual, especially if you haven’t used any treatments or tools to help it straighten out, it means that your hair has lost some of its elasticity over time. This can be fixed by giving it the proteins that it needs to bounce back to what it used to be.
EXCESSIVE BREAKAGE AND DRYNESS
One of the most satisfying
parts of a protein treatment is that it helps your hair feel softer, smoother,
and healthier. If your hair is hard to brush in the mornings, feels extra dry
and brittle, or you notice a lot of split ends and breakage around your face it
means that your hair is lacking the moisture and nutrients to stay healthy. A
protein treatment, combined with regular trims, will keep your hair from
breaking and drying out.
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