About two days ago I was on You-tube browsing natural hair videos because I still do enjoy watching how other naturals care for their hair. So I ran into a video this You-tuber called ‘African Hair God’ did, and it got me to thinking about the issue of protein usage in our natural hair regimen. This particular video was addressing whether or not afro-textured hair women needed hard protein treatments in their regimens, and he also talked about how it can affect the health of our hair if used improperly.
Here’s a look at the video. Warning: There’s some use of ‘language’ in this video, so viewer’s discretion is advised.
My Thoughts on the Video
I think he has some very valid points with regards to many naturals misusing protein treatments. Unfortunately many of us provide misleading information about the use of protein treatments, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the information was intentionally set out to be misleading. Many women might share with others how their use of hard protein treatments have helped with hair regrowth, but in the process forget to mention that they also have excessive damage that require that degree of treatment.
The problem starts when women with healthy natural hair think that heavy protein treatments are right for them as well. Hard protein treatments should only be used on extremely damaged hair (such as heat or color damaged hair,hair that has been damaged by relaxers, or hair with extreme breakage), and not on hair that is relatively healthy. Light- Medium protein treatments should only be used every 4-6 weeks to combat damage from excessive manipulation and/or any setbacks. If you do not use heat, comb your hair excessively, or use chemical treatments then you won’t need protein treatments as often.
One solid point that he discussed was the fact that the hair is already made of protein thus it does not need to be drenched in extremely hard protein treatments because this will result in protein overload. Protein overload is very hard to recover from and some symptoms include:
- Extreme shedding and breakage
- Hard and brittle hair
- Hair that is very susceptible to breakage.
I also noticed in the comments section on YouTube that many women admit that their hair started to break after using these hard treatments, and that their hair changed for the worst. This is an indication that everyone’s hair is different, and that you must cater to the needs of your hair precisely when your hair requires it.
My philosophy for hair care is to only do as my hair asks when it asks for it. I don’t have a schedule for things like trimming, protein treatments, or moisture treatments. I do them when my hair signals for them. Naturally it wasn’t always this way! As time goes on you will learn the ins and outs of your hair. As a new natural I didn’t know what my hair needed because I wasn’t in tune with my hair so I created a schedule for most of my treatments, but as time went by I took the time out to get a feel of what my hair likes and what it needs.
There are many advisers in the natural hair community (like myself) that share information with others with the hope that it will help. But, not everything we say might work for your hair. It is your personal duty to find out how often your hair needs protein (which will be based on whether or not your causing damage to your hair in the form of heat usage, tension, color treatments etc), how often you need moisture, and how often you need to trim.
The video is very informative, so I strongly suggest that you watch it to get a sense of what hard protein treatments do to the hair.
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