Natural Hair Troubles..

Lets talk protein sensitivity. I’m not sure if it is actually a real thing, but from my experience I believe that is. My hair has never responded well to products with protein in it. It makes my hair soft, yet crunchy then gets bone dry after a few days.

About a month ago I dyed my hair back to black and my hair felt lifeless and thin after the fact. A couple of days later I decided to do a protein treatment thinking that it would help my poor strands out. I whipped up an egg, yogurt and honey mask and slapped it on my hair and it revived back to life. Days later, the dryness returned to my hair which I figured was due to my DIY protein treatment. I then researched a DIY deep conditioner that was specifically made for protein sensitive hair. The recipe contained coconut milk, banana, honey and other various carrier oils.

Let’s just say this deep conditioner did NOT leave my hair feeling…well conditioned. Upon further research, I realized that coconut milk and banana still has quite a bit of protein in them and that I probably overloaded my hair with protein. As I delved deeper into the research, I discovered that one of the products I was using, as a styler was heavy in the protein department.

In fact, many of the natural hair products contain protein or protein mimickers.

sheamoistAt this point, I was in dire need of an actual deep conditioner that did not contain too much protein (really tired of this word now.) Anything that I DIY’ed would probably be full of it, so I ended up purchasing an old favorite – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Mask. Honey can also be drying to some people, but for this curly girl it works wonders!

My hair is back in great shape and now I’ve learned about protein sensitivity and protein overload. I replaced my styling product with something I already had and now know that I need to be mindful of the future products I purchase, so that I do not end up in the same boat.

Thanks for reading!

What hair troubles have you had??



Product List:

Shampoo – Castille Soap or Apple Cider Vinegar (2x a month)

Deep Conditioner – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Mask

Conditioner (when I don’t deep condition) – Aussie Moist

Leave in – Oyin Juices & Berries and Giovanni Direct Leave-in

Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Styler – Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in