I can’t say that I’m newly natural, in fact, a more spot on description would probably be “newly enlightened”, but like most newly natural and transitioning ladies I have been diligently studying what my hair has been doing since I’ve started my healthy hair journey.
Needless to say, armed with hours of research on what I need to do to tighten up my regimen, I came to the conclusion that my hair needs some protein especially after I tortured it with my flat iron on New Years Eve (no heat protectant, worst yet, on hair plastered with petroleum jelly) Yikes!
Now wait just a minute, let she that is without sin cast the first stone. That was then (before I was enlightened about the sins of hair care), long ago and far away.
After giving it a few months into the HHJ I decided to do what mama did back in the day; whip up that egg, saturate my hair in it and let it sit under a plastic cap for a bit.
Then I remembered reading somewhere that not all proteins are created equal, so I got to thinking about whether or not I had used the right protein. This led me to do some digging and I found that there are several different types of proteins, each with different functions when applied to hair.
People are constantly complaining that protein makes their hair hard and often attribute it to protein overload, when really the protein that you choose could make the difference between soft and brittle hair.
Sometimes it’s just a case of “too much of one thing, is good for nothing.” For instance, yogurt (commonly used) – Contains large molecules that just coat the outside of the hair. The result? It makes many people’s hair hard!
That is the power of the chunky molecules creating a crust onto the hair since they are too large to be absorbed by some hair types. Imagine that, and I was about to stock up on some Yoplait!
On the other hand, hydrolyzed protein – which is most recommended for those badly in need of a protein fix – is great for those with a good tolerance for protein because molecules are small enough to penetrate hair and increase elasticity.