The moment our hair starts disappointing us is the time we turn to deep conditioning and protein treatments to restore lost beauty. Though you may consider both types of these hair care products are much the same to address this problem of dull, brittle hair that lost its luster and softer feel, but they differ. A deep conditioner concentrates on returning moisture while the protein treatment is better for reversing damage by adding more. However, which one is a better choice for what your hair is going through?
If you noticed that your hair still feels hard and dry after deep conditioning, then it is a sign that your hair lacks sufficient protein. Being the case, you may find it more helpful to opt for a protein treatment. This solution can be what your hair is crying out for because you need a balance of enough moisture and keratin to restore its beauty.
The tricky part is not overloading hair in your attempt to fill in sparse areas along the cuticle to strengthen those strands with keratin because too much can work against you and result in hair loss. Being said, then how can you tell when your treated hair may have too much of it after using this type of treatment?
Here is what you do by putting a strand to the test. Pull out a strand while your hair is dry. Start stretching it. If that strands snaps soon after, then your hair has had enough. Instead, your hair still needs more deep conditioning and not another treatment that can cause your hair to become fragile and break more easily that can lead to hair loss.
You can also protect your hair in another way by using a clarifying shampoo twice a month to strip excess protein building up after overdoing treatments. But seriously, you’ll have more luck using those treatments no more than twice a month while filling that void with moisture intense conditioners.