What causes the hair to be unbalanced?

There really isn’t one thing that can cause your hair to have too much or too little moisture or protein. It’s usually something that builds up over time and is a result of the products and methods in a hair regimen.

Hair can be over moisturized by


Hair can get too much protein by


When it comes to caring for your hair, it’s best to not just go through the motions. Paying attention to your hair at every step of your regimen gives you the opportunity to notice changes in your hair. I fell into this trap.

I had a regimen that I thought was working for me and it was for a while so I got really comfortable and stopped paying close attention to my hair when it was giving me signs for months that my moisture and protein balance was off.

What’s the best method to maintain the balance?

Here’s the kicker there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all method although it seems like I kinda believed that for several years. Everyone’s hair is different. Some need more protein than others, some need less. The same goes for moisture, some people need more and others less.

To figure out what you need to get that balance may take some trial and error. Hopefully more trial and less error. Unless the hair is exhibiting any of the signs noted above for hair that has a lack of or too much moisture or protein then it probably has the two balanced.

When my relaxed hair is in balanced mode I go the safe route and stick with a moisturizing hair regimen. Because it’s a whole lot easier to correct moisture overload than it is to correct protein overload.

Here are some things that can be done when the hair gets unbalanced

Too much moisture

Usually, a little bit of protein helps with this. My preference is to use a rinse-out product that won’t sit on my hair too long so I don’t add too much protein. So I first grab for a shampoo that has some protein ingredients like SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo. Or I may use a rinse out conditioner.

Only in extreme situations am does pulling out a hard protein treatment like Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment or a hair mask with a moderate level of protein like the SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque.

Too much protein

This is where it can get rough. And not just the hair. Fixing hair with too much protein may take one wash or multiple months. When the hair has too much protein it needs a lot of moisture. I mean a whole lot. Take a look at my post about protein overload to see how I overcame having too much protein in my hair.


When the hair doesn’t have enough moisture or protein it’s a simple fix of using products that can quickly add some.

Once your hair is re-balanced you can look to re-introduce protein or moisture to your hair.

So the moral of the story is, listen to your hair. It will let you know when it needs more or less protein and moisture.



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