Understanding the balance between moisture and protein goes a long way in retaining healthy, strong, long hair!
With natural hair, your protein needs are a little less compared to someone with chemically relaxed or colored treated tresses, but nonetheless it a necessity in a healthy hair regimen. When I have talked to people about protein, many have proclaimed, 'my hair doesn't like protein! It left my hair so hard". I must confess that I thought the same thing at one point until I did further research.
All proteins are not equal! There are varying degrees of protein treatment depending on the condition of your hair - severely damaged hair needs something like a reconstructor, while healthy hair will benefit from simple conditioning packs, all available at your local hair and beauty supply store. Of course, there are tons of home remedies too- using eggs, avocado, yoghurt that offer great benefits as well.
Access your hair before you select a protein treatment. If you are unable to determine the state of your hair, consult a hair stylist/specialist for help. Typically I know I need a protein treatment when I've used significant amounts of heat over a short period, or if my wet hair feels limp, cannot seem to hold a style and stretches forever before breaking! I may do a protein treatment once every 2-3 months depending on the state of my hair. For more info on selecting the right protein for your situation, click HERE.