I follow many blogs, articles and healthy hair enthusiasts. While playing catch up on some reading, I noticed an article that bluntly stated, relaxed hair is not protein sensitive. What’s wrong with that statement? I thought you’d never ask — everything! Most would skim over this statement and accept it to be fact. I, on the other hand, feel this statement is not true. The general consensus seems to be chemically altered hair loves protein – but you see, this is not always the case! Just ask my hair!
I’ve been on this healthy hair journey long enough to know that healthy hair enthusiasts will never totally agree. However, the unfortunate thing about varying views is that it confuses the newbie population looking for answers to the how and why of relaxed healthy hair care.
I’ve surfed, lurked and posted on enough hair forums to know every time a relaxed head presents a question regarding “why is my hair >>insert question<<” the response is usually — use protein. While balancing moisture and protein is necessary, protein treatments are not always the right answer or solution to the problem. Other factors like diet (maybe), hair porosity, wash day / weekly hair regimen, product selection, product usage and styling tools should also be factored.
I recall my earlier days of struggling with healthy hair care, hair forum norms suggested I use protein and porosity control. Like most newbies, I moved to action and implemented the recommendations. Bad idea! My hair suffered tremendously. Protein treatments and porosity control rate high on my list of worst recommendations accepted. I eventually learned my hair is low porosity and protein sensitive although relaxed. My hair does not neatly fit inside the box of relaxed hair norms.
By now you might be scratching your head trying to figure out where is this post headed. While relaxed hair in general loves protein, not all relaxed hair falls into this norm. Therefore, be cautious of the information you accept as truth. It’s all about trial and error and doing what is right and best for your hair regardless if that falls in or out of the norms. I’d love to hear from you —
Do you believe relaxed hair is not protein sensitive? Why or Why Not?