My hair could use a little more moistue, but it is balanced. I don't add protein rich products into my haircare. Contrary to what a lot of people say, protein isn't for everyone. It was the ''thing of the moment'' a few years ago and every hair blog and forum was love it. It was a must have staple or atleast they claimed it to be. I decided to take the plunge and tried using protein as well and I got a protein overload. That protein overload was my BIGGEST hair set-back. I went from THICK bra strap length, to thin neck length hair, within months. I used to lean my head foward in the sink and my hair would fill up the entire sink, because it was that thick. When I went to the hairstylist they would always make remarks about how it takes them forever to do my hair, because it's so thick. After protein was done with me, I could hold all my strands with one small hand. Protein is no joke and for those who are inexperienced or unsure whether your hair will like protein or not, it's best to start using products that are moisture based with protein and if that works for you stick by it! Creme of Nature Argan oil intensive conditioner (In the bottle) is the perfect High moisture - low protein conditioner FOR ME. It keeps my hair balanced, while keeping it strong and moisturized. It took me months to get over a protein overload. Truth be told, after that I stopped going on hair blogs and forums after that. Everyone was a know it all hair guru, even the inexperienced. I should have known better than to trust people who get all their research from google.
If you do have a protein overload. What I did that worked for me was using a moisurizing conditioner mixed with oils, glcycerine, honey and anything else you deem as beneficial for the hair, cap on top and deep condition for 2 hours with a heated cap. I did this a few times and my hair quickly restored. I used the DIY caramel conditioning treatment and it worked great for me the first time, but afterwards it just stopped working, so I just used deep conditioners. I know ''hair guru's'' claim that your hair stops absorbing products after about 20-40 minutes, I believe? But again, this was not the case for me. After conditioning for two hours, I noticed a significant amount of moisture restored, more than when I did a 30-45 minute deep conditioning session, week after week.
Sorry for the rant ya'll. I hope that my post is helpful for someone out there