I think it's time we stop the narrative that a protein treatment will always save the day. That's not necessarily true. In fact, a protein treatment could be the cause of your hair's demise.
Instead of heading straight for the protein, we need to start at the source.
What is truly going on with your hair?
How has it been acting, and what have you been doing to it leading up to this moment.
Whether we like it or not our actions play a huge part in the health of our hair.
So let's dive in
Your hair could be dry for a number of reasons.
1.) Your hair has protein overload.
Protein overload is a very serious, tricky, and sneaky condition. It will pop up on you out of the blue. The signs are very similar to hair that you would think needs a protein treatment.
Protein overload is caused by using too many products that have protein in them and the excess protein causes your hair to become dry, stiff, and brittle.
Solution: Check the ingredients on the back of your products to see if they have protein, and how much. The ingredients on the back of the products are listed in order of concentration. That means the first ingredient makes up most of the product and the last ingredient makes up a small part of the product.
I am not saying that you shouldn't use a protein-heavy shampoo ever, but you should use it when necessary.
2.) Your scalp is dry.
When your scalp lacks oil, there is no oil available to slide down your hair shafts and lubricate the hair. This is why oiling your scalp is important.
Solution: Oil your scalp every 2-3 days with oils that contain jojoba oil. Jojoba oil matches the skin's sebum(the natural oil that the skin and scalp produces)
3.) Your hair cuticles are damaged.
Your hair cuticles can become damaged from straightening your hair too often and using harsh chemicals like relaxers, perms, and dyes.
Solution: Limit how often you use heat on your hair, and be mindful of the chemicals you are using on your hair.
Also, trim off damaged ends. It helps the hair become smooth and less rough.
4.) You’re washing your hair too often.
If you are washing your hair multiple times within 7 days. You're much washing it too much. Because your hair does not create oil on its own, it is already at risk of becoming dry. Constant washing can strip the hair strands of any oil that is present and cause the hair to become brittle and break off.
Solution: Don't wash your hair multiple times within 7 days.
5.) Your shampoo is too harsh.
The shampoo that you’re using at the moment is probably too harsh. Shampoos have different properties and should be used when your hair needs certain things. For example, a shampoo that is heavy in protein should be used when your hair is protein deficient. Using a protein shampoo(too much) when your hair isn’t deficient, could be a reason why your hair is dry because it is causing protein overload.
Solution: Alternate your shampoo based on the needs of your hair. If it is dry, use a moisturizing shampoo. If it is damaged, use a protein shampoo. If you have severe dandruff, use a shampoo that helps with dandruff. If you have buildup, use a clarifying shampoo.
Based upon which reason applies to you and your hair specifically, you should act accordingly.