Protein Overload In Hair & What it Means

by Brianna Thompson

Have you ever found yourself with dry, brittle strands that is prone to breakage? You may have protein overload! Many people believe that the more protein or keratin they use in their hair, the healthier it will be. However, this is a common misconception that can actually do more harm than good. Now let's talk about protein overload and keratin overload and how it is caused. 

Protein Overload 

Let's start with protein. Protein is essential for healthy hair, as it is the main component of each hair strand. However, using too much protein in your hair care routine can actually lead to hair damage. This is because too much protein can make your hair too rigid and inflexible, which can lead to breakage. When hair becomes too protein-heavy, it can also become dry, dull, and prone to tangling.

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Keratin Overload

The same is true for keratin. Keratin is a protein that is naturally found in hair, but overusing keratin-based hair treatments can also lead to hair damage. Wait, what?  I know it sounds crazy, but when hair is overloaded with keratin, it can become very damaged, it becomes very dry and brittle, almost like straw!  I know unbelievable right? 

Finding Balance

So, what's the solution? The key is to find a balance. While protein and keratin are both essential for healthy hair, they should be used in moderation. Instead of using protein or keratin-based treatments every day, aim for once or twice a week. Make sure to give your hair moisture with deep conditioning masks at least once a week and finding a good daily shampoo that provides daily moisture for your hair type. This will ensure beautiful hair when you find a balance of moisture and protein.


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Finding QUALITY 

Another important factor to consider is the quality of the protein or keratin you are using. Not all protein and keratin-based products are created equal, and some may be more damaging than others. Look for high-quality products that are specifically formulated for hair repair. My best suggestion by far is the K18 hair mask sold here at The Warehouse Salon. I also have a blog all about K18, it's called "What is K18?" read it for more info or message me on Instagram @briannalovesbaayage_. 


Protein and keratin are essential for healthy hair, overusing these ingredients can actually do more harm than good. By finding a balance and using high-quality products in moderation, you can help ensure that your hair stays healthy, strong, and beautiful.

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