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Healthy hair will slightly stretch then return back to its original length with no breakage..
Right after the stand test is when most people are more confused about what their hair needs than before..
Honestly over moisturized hair feels completely different from hair that lacks moisture....
Overly Moisturized Hair That Needs Protein
Hair that is over moisturized will cause breakage and cause your hair to be very elasticity... It will also cause your hair to become porous..Over moisturized hair that needs protein... Is usually described as mushy , spongy hair , stretchy ...
If you can recognize the problem before it causes breakage you can simply use a protein leave in conditioner or use a light protein conditioner for your co washes for a quick fix..
If you are experiencing breakage I would suggest using a light protein treatment ...Like Aphogee 2 min reconstructor... Start off with a lighter protein before going heavier if needed... Do not do your protein treatments more than 1x a week...
Hair That Needs Moisture From Too Much Protein
Your hair is made up of about 91 percent protein, and is made up of long chains of amino acids... Protein is what gives our hair structure and strength..
When the hair has too much protein it lacks elasticity so it will break super easy.. ...Hair that needs moisture will feel rough and hard to the touch...
Relaxed hair needs protein !!! When you relax your hair your hair loses protein because the relaxer breaks down the protein bond to straighten the hair.. You should do a light protein treatment 1x a month.. Or rotate conditioners , moisturizers and leave ins that contain protein in your regimen..
If you are protein sensitive .. I suggest using at home protein treatments or amino acids..
Natural hair does not need as much protein.. Unless it is heat styled often... Hair loses protein during heat styling..
It is extremely hard to correct a protein overload... To correct deep condition at least 1x a week with a moisturizing conditioner... Stay away from hair products that contain protein.. That includes moisturizers , rinse out conditioners , leave ins and deep conditioner.. Use all moisturizing , protein free products... Think moisture , moisture , moisture to correct the problem...
TO BE CONTINUED ....
Some would answer you should clarify... Well your almost right.. Build up on the hair will cause all of the above... When your hair won't hold moisture its usually due to build up on the hair or porosity issues ... Also unexplained breakage is almost always caused by two common problems...That is Build up or Moisture and Protein balance being thrown off..
Clarifying only removes certain kinds of build up.. So when clarifying doesn't help..I recommend using a chelating shampoo ?
What is the difference between Clarifying Shampoo and Chelating Shampoo ?
Chelating Shampoo removes mineral deposits , removes metal , copper, iron and toxins, chemical and calcium build up ( what causes this ?.. Hard water and chlorine) It removes green hair from swimming and removes chlorine...( yes it removes product build up as well)
So it is a pretty big difference in the two types of shampoos.
If you live in a hard water city then the hard water you are using to shampoo your hair is leaving these types of build ups on your hair that most clarifying shampoos can't remove...You would need to use a chelating shampoo..
This type build up will cause breakage or your hair won't hold moisture... I always say listen to your hair.. Problems like these you want to catch before it causes damage... Clues that you need to use a chelating shampoo ....
Don't wait till you start getting getting breakage...
You should not use a chelating shampoo more than 1x a month .. If you use a chelating shampoo you do not need to use clarifing shampoo's..
Another option you have is to buy a water softener for your shower from Home Depot or Lowes...They are pretty inexpensive
My favorite Chelating Shampoo is Joico K-Pak Clarify Chelating Shampoo !!!
After shampooing and deep conditioning... I applied Bee Mine Deja's Milk to my hair as a leave in..Then I applied a little and Smooth N Shine Curl Activator Gel for Extra Dry Hair ...I was so nervous...I wasn't sure what to expect.. I sealed in my moisture with Bee Mine Bee Loved Moisturizer..Then put 2 french braids in my hair for a braidout..
My hair airdried so soft and moisturized..My hair wasn't crunchy nor was it soggy , and mushy the way I thought it would be...It wasn't greasy ...It airdried so pretty...One of the best braid outs
I will take pics soon to show you the results...