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5 Signs Your Hair Needs A Protein Treatment

March 01, 2017

    Just like your body, your hair needs protein in order to stay healthy. If your hair feels limp or weak, it may be a sign that your hair needs a protein treatment. Protein treatments boost the hair with a variety of nutrients and proteins to help reconstruct and strengthen hair strands. Having protein-packed strands is an amazing way to maintain your overall hair health and keep it in the best possible shape.

    These treatments are also great for those who are planning on coloring, lightening or chemically texturizing their hair. By receiving a protein treatment prior to chemically treating your strands, you are helping to strengthen the base of your hair and are essentially making it a healthier canvas for your color.

    However, be sure to stay away from products that can add too much protein to the strands. This usually happens if protein-based products are used too often or over-deposit protein into the hair. To keep your strands strong and healthy without feeling crunchy or stiff, chat with your Redken stylist to see how often your hair needs an extra protein boost. Wondering why your hair even needs a protein treatment in the first place? Well, human hair is made out of tough, fibrous proteins like keratin that help keep it strong. When hair lacks this protein, it can start to rebel and look lifeless. By restoring those building blocks in your hair, you can help treat some of your top hair concerns. Here are five signs that your hair is crying out for a protein treatment.

    1. Your Hair Has High Porosity

    Curly haired Redken Canada Artist, Cindy Duplantis shows off her blonde locksPhoto Credit: @cindyduplantis

    Hair with high porosity often has tears and gaps in the strands that make it more susceptible to damage. These gaps and tears allow the hair to absorb too much water, which can cause frizz, tangles, and even color loss on color-treated hair. In order to fill in the gaps, you need a protein treatment to strengthen your strands. The treatment works by nourishing the hair with vital proteins that help seal those gaps and create a stronger canvas for styling.

    2. Your Hair Has Lost Its Elasticity

    Model with braided hairstyle is having her hair styled backstage at Fashion Week.  Photo Credit: @redken

    Is your hair hard to curl or even losing its natural curl? Well, this may be a result of your hair losing its elasticity. When your hair loses elasticity, it’s typically a sign that it’s in need of a protein treatment. To find out just how elastic your hair is, take a strand of your hair (that’s still attached to your head) and wet it. Once the strand is wet, stretch the hair. If the hair bounces back to its original length without breaking, then your strands are balanced. However, if the strand doesn’t bounce back, looks limp, or breaks, it’s definitely in need of a protein boost. By boosting your hair’s protein levels, you boost its elasticity, which makes your hair bouncier, full of life, and easier to style.

    3. Your Hair Is Stringy Or Limp

    Model with blonde hair and yellow sweaterPhoto Credit: @redken

    Hair that is stringy, flat, or limp is a definite sign that your hair needs a protein treatment. Normally, hair should be pretty durable and full, so when it starts to droop, take notice. By adding protein back into the hair, you can revitalize your strands and get them to a healthier state.

    4. Your Hair Feels Gummy Or Sticky

    Model with blonde hair and slick back hairstylePhoto Credit: @redken

    When your hair has an odd feel to it, it’s not a good sign. Typically, when the hair feels gummy or sticky, it means that your hair’s internal support system is pretty damaged. This can happen if your hair is chemically processed too frequently or your hair has suffered an excessive amount of damage.

    When your hair’s support system has been weakened, its texture changes and gives off an unpleasant feel. By turning to your stylist for a protein treatment, you can help reconstruct your hair’s support system and give life back to your strands.

    5. You’ve Recently Colored Your Hair

    Redken muse, model and DJ, Amber Le BonPhoto Credit: @redken

    When you color your hair, the formula of the haircolor actually can change the texture of your hair. If you color your hair enough times, the bonds of the hair can break causing split ends and damage to the hair. In order to give your hair a better base for your haircolor, ask your stylist for a protein treatment before the color application. By doing this extra step, you can help to ensure that your strands stay strong during the chemical service.

    Want to know more about protein treatments and if they can help your hair? Chat with your local stylist to see if a protein treatment is right for you.


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