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April 21st, 2009, 10:25 AM
How do you know if your hair needs any or more protein? What are the signs?

April 21st, 2009, 12:25 PM
This article (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=44) has about diagnosing what's wrong with your hair, specifically protein versus moisture.

Basically hair that needs protein is...well, too much protein makes hair dry, crunchy, and brittle. Brittle hair or hair that doesn't seem like it wants to bend quite like it should is how I usually tell too much.

Too little is somewhat the opposite, I think (never personally experienced an even moderate version of this). The most extreme of 'too little' protein I think is when hair melts from being dyed/bleached/permed. Hair gets or feels weak and fragile.

For me I know my hair needs protein when moisture, clarifying, and S&D don't help funny/crunchy/tangly ends. Protein usually fixes it when nothing else does (but I do try all three of the previous first, as my hair doesn't much like protein).

April 21st, 2009, 12:30 PM
This is best article I have seen about protein moisture balance of hair. click (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat=69)

April 21st, 2009, 12:56 PM
And here (http://blackbeautyblackhair86911.yuku.com/topic/511/t/Hair-Breakage-and-Shedding-101.html) is my favorite article on determining whether you need protein or moisture, and it applies to everyone, though it's aimed at 4ish hair.

Note that if your hair doesn't like the protein that you gave it, it will likely feel rough and tangle easily. The best thing I've discovered to get over this is lots of SMTs.

April 21st, 2009, 05:45 PM
I didn't use any of the articles that say how to tell if your hair needs anything.I just started experimenting with different things until I found the things that made my hair gorgeous and my hair loves protein

April 21st, 2009, 05:56 PM
The linked articles above are a great place to start.

My hair seems to feel really weak, the strands stretch really easily and do not bounce back when it needs protein. If my hair is feeling really tangly and generally blah and weak, I will clarify and moisturize. If that doesn't work I do a protein treatment and the problem is corrected.

April 21st, 2009, 06:44 PM
I read the article here on lhc and it mentioned a "protein pack". Can anyone tell me what that is?

Tap Dancer
April 22nd, 2009, 02:46 PM
I know some people don't use/need/like protein and I've used it from time to time, but how do you know if your hair needs it?

April 22nd, 2009, 02:58 PM
This is the best article (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat=69) I have seen about this: You'll find lot of info of protein and moisture balance of hair from it.

Tap Dancer
April 22nd, 2009, 03:15 PM
This is the best article (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat=69) I have seen about this: You'll find lot of info of protein and moisture balance of hair from it.

The article is called "The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture Balancing for Black Hair Care." Would this information work for my hair as well? :ponder:

April 22nd, 2009, 03:19 PM
Well, hair is hair. So why not? :shrug:

All hair is made from the same basic "material"/components, even though different types obviously have different care needs. However, we all need balance between protein and moisture, and we all have the same symptoms if the balance is off.

Basically black hair is often much more fragile than other hairtypes, so it's much more sensitive to lack of balance, which is why any unbalance gives rather clear symptoms. This makes it a very good example. I also find it easy to translate to how my hair behaves, and I find the article very informative, despite my lack of 3-4 curls. :flower:

Tap Dancer
April 22nd, 2009, 03:24 PM
Caucasian and African American hair is different and people care for it differently, so I was just wondering. Thanks. :) I'll check out the article now.