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Can hair get too much protein and cause breakage?

I recently started adding protein to my hair care regimen. I was looking for ingredients in products that would strengthen my strands, enhance elasticity, retain length, and  also to help enhance my 4a/3c texture, so I've been using ApHogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave-in and styling with Eco Styler Gel (Protein) and Eco Styler Gel (Krystal) for about two weeks now. I washed my hair for the 3rd time in two weeks today and while I was detangling using a Denman brush and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner I looked at my hands and noticed that my hair was breaking off for the first time in the 5 months I have been growing my hair out. It was a shock to me because since this journey-- or whatever you wanna call it, I have followed all the natural hair blogs and thought I was doing everything right until now. Right now I'm at 2.0-2.5 inches in length at the 5 month mark. And with breakage and drying in the mix, I don't see myself reaching my 6 inch length goal by July.. Could protein be the cause of this breakage? Is there a such thing as protein sensitivity? 

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Yes, definitely. Too much protein can cause your hair to become brittle. 

I know that protein products are very popular right now, but you can 'overproteinate' your hair. Breakage normally accurse when your hair lacks proteins or moisture - in order to have healthy hair that doesn’t break it has to be the balance of both.  Because all black hair is different you will need to work out the regiment that will work for you specifically. Maybe try using protein products 3 times a week and water-based moisturising products 4 times a week. For me personally I use moisture based shampoo and conditioner and protein based leave-in and deep treatment mask. Hope I could help!

Rissikat



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