First off, let me start by apologizing for my blog invisibility. As you know, I am a full-time student and I’ve been glued to my books due to the devastating thing that we call midterms *insert crying emoji.* Thank God that’s over!
Now that you all have forgiven me, I wanna talk about this stuff on the top of my head called hair. Since beginning my natural hair journey, I have been extremely positive and optimistic, but lately that has been decreasing.
I think one of the hardest things about going natural is the fact that you’re completely starting over. Everything you thought you knew about your hair is no more. You have to figure what kind of hair you have, change your hair routine, and most importantly you have to figure out what your hair likes…which is what I’m struggling with.
About three weeks ago, I began to feel my hair getting dry and rough. I naturally have thick coarse hair, but this was on a whole ‘nother level. It felt like no matter what I put in my hair, it just wasn’t maintaining any moisture so I started doing research on why this was the case. During my research, I ran across the term of protein sensitivity. For those of you that have never heard about protein sensitivity, it is when hair overacts to protein in the hair. This makes the hair feel brittle and dry and more prone to breakage. People that are said to have protein sensitive hair either have enough protein or high levels or protein.
Being the hypochondriac that I am (self diagnosed of course lol), I immediately felt like that was what was wrong with me. So immediately, I started to change the products I was putting in my hair. I still used products with protein, but I definitely cut back on using a lot of different products. Once I stopped my product junkie ways, I began to feel my hair getting better.
There are some people out there that believe protein sensitivity is a myth, but I’m not sure. I DO agree that all hair may not like a lot of protein, but I’m not sure if I believe it’s a permanent thing or that it means that you can’t add any protein to your hair. I think sometimes it is simply mixing too many products that causes “protein sensitivity.” During the month of November, I am going to begin using protein free products just to see how the state of my hair changes*
I am now getting out of my product junkie phase and beginning to find out what MY hair likes. Just remember, your hair will not be the same as mine, or your cousins, or any other naturalista lol. Figure out what works for YOU!
Do you believe in protein sensitivity? Are you struggling to find out what your hair likes? Let’s talk about it!! Comment below!