How to Tell If Your Hair Needs Protein

How to Tell If Your Hair Needs Protein

There are several warning indicators and telltale signs that your hair may be in need of some extra protein. One of the most common signs is dull, lifeless hair. If your hair lacks luster and seems to be lacking in strength, it may be due to a protein deficiency. However, many people don't talk about protein deficiency in hair because they think that the solution to dry, damaged hair is a moisturizing treatment.

Your hair is made of chains of amino acids and proteins known as keratin. Keratin is like the building blocks of your hair. Due to over-styling, chemical treatments, and environmental stressors, keratins become worn out, creating gaps in the hair. This eventually leading to damage and breakage due to a deficiency of protein from your hair. Protein is the best solution to reconstruct and strengthen hair strands.

How can you tell that your hair needs protein? Keep reading to learn the signs.

Your Hair Is Very Porous

Highly porous hair will have tears and gaps, which causes the hair to absorb and release moisture faster than normal. This normally leads to frizzy, tangled hair and even color loss on color-treated hair.

Proteins will help to strengthen your strands and fill in the gaps. They will also nourish the hair with vital proteins to help seal those gaps and create a stronger canvas for styling.

Your Hair Has Lost Its Elasticity.

Loss of elasticity in your hair is a top sign that it needs protein. How can you tell if your hair is elastic or not? Simple! Take a few strands of your wet hair (still attached to your head). Now, stretch the hair. You will know the strands are balanced if the hair bounces back to its original length without breaking.

However, if the strands don't bounce back and/or look limp it signifies that your hair needs a protein boost. When you boost your hair's protein levels, it improves its elasticity, which makes your hair bouncier, full of life, and easier to style.

If Your Hair Has Been Colored Recently

Industrial substances like hair color, bleach, and treatments are made with chemicals that can alter the hair's bonds, leading to damage. These chemicals raise the pH of your hair and cause the cuticles to rise. When cuticles rise for too long, the cortex of your hair is exposed, making the hair more susceptible to protein loss and breakage.

When Your Hair Feels Gummy or Sticky

When your hair loses its natural feel, especially when it feels gummy or sticky, it means that the internal support system of your hair could be having a problem. Such scenarios arise when your hair is chemically processed frequently or if your hair has suffered an excessive amount of damage.

A weak support system of your hair means its texture changes and gives off an unpleasant feeling. Therefore, you need protein to help reconstruct your hair's support system and give life back to your strands.

If You Have Dry, Brittle Hair

If your hair is losing water too quickly, this could due to a lack of protein. People will often seek an oil or deep conditioning treatment to remedy dryness, but unless the hair has protein, these options won't give you the desired result.

If Your Hair Looks Stringy and Limp.

When your hair is stringy, flat, or limp, that is a sign that it needs protein. Normal hair should be durable and full, so you should look out when it starts to droop.

Adding protein back into the hair will revitalize your strands and get them to a healthier state. You may think that your hair needs a bit of hair styling product to bring it back to life, but this practice significantly compromises the health of your hair. Layering more products on weak hair will weigh it down, causing it to look stringy.

When Your Hair Has Increased Shedding and Breakage

Normally we lose up to 100 strands of hair a day. But if you start losing more hair than normal, it is a protein issue and needs to be addressed immediately by using hair products with protein.


If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, your hair is craving some protein STAT!

We recommend using our Powerhouse Protein Cream to give your curls some natural bounce. It is full of proteins like rice, wheat, and quinoa, with a boost of reparative ingredients rhodiola root extract, chia Seed Oil, and neptune kelp Extract help repair damaged hair.

The Miribel Naturals vegan, cruelty-free curly hair products are specifically designed to promote natural bounce and strengthen your curls while providing optimal hydration. Shop here and learn more about our products and how they can help you achieve healthy, beautiful hair!

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