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    Do you need protein if you have natural hair?

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    Hi Lexi

    The cortex, which is the second layer of your hair right beneath your cuticles and is made up primarily of keratin which is protein. It makes up about 90 percent of you hair shaft and is responsible for it's over all strength and elasticity. It's also where moisture for your hair is stored.

    External proteins can penetrate your hair shaft and temporarily bind with your cortex to kinda fill in holes and gaps that it might have, which could weaken the strand. Filling in those gaps can help make the hair stronger. So yes, whether you're natural or have chemically treated hair, protein treatments, done properly (and with the appropriate frequency, so as not to dry your hair out) can help to strengthen your hair. But external sources of protein are not permanent and will wash out when you shampoo.

    Straight protein treatments should probably be done only once every three or even four weeks or so. In between time, you can use other products that contain protein in them, like shampoos and conditioners and that should ok.

    I'd caution, however, if you start experiencing dryness suddenly and you're using a shampoo and conditioner frequently that's fortified with protein, this could be your culprit, in addition to the fact that sulfates (SLS and LS) can also be drying as well. So organic shampoos and conditioners that don't contain sulfates, but do contain some form of protein is likely your best bet.

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    Thanks Me!!!

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    You're welcome!

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    Most of my conditioners contain some level of "protein", but I NEVER do those thick, syrupy, bad-smelling protein "treatments". My hairs don't like them.

    I have a few no-protein, all-natural "masks" that I alternate with the protein enhanced conditioners.

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    When I used Redken Extreme (protein reconstructioner), my hair stopped shedding and breaking, but I hated the texture and smell. Now I am using Nexxus Emergenee. I have no comments yet since I only used it twice. but the texture and smell is not as bad as Redken.

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    I had almost forgotten about Nexxus Emergencee. That stuff has stopped breakage for me dead in it's tracks on several occasions. For some reason it's hard to find around here now. I used it once when I was transitioning from a curl, and I ended up with zero breakage.

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