Let’s start by defining Keratin: Protein. 

It’s a vital protein that helps make up both the internal structure and the outer cuticle of your hair strands. 

When your hair experiences keratin loss, your strands are significantly more susceptible to breakage, fraying, and damage.You will find the hair smoother and very easy to manage. 

The layers of cells in the hair absorb the Keratin to make your hair more full and glossy, by smoothing down the layers of cells that form the hair

If you have brittle, damaged hair, keratin products can replenish and protect your hair’s natural keratin protein, thereby reversing some of the damage and preventing future breakage. 


But what happens when your hair gets too much protein?


Protein Overload! 

What happens if your hair can’t absorb the excess keratin? 

Well, it can start to create problems by clogging your hair follicles and cause build-ups, especially because many of these keratin shampoos and conditioners contain silicones or SLES/SLS sulphates. 

We don’t have SLS/SILICONES. 

Therefore it’s important to know why you’re using keratin products and when to use them. Healthy, durable, flexible hair has plenty of protein in it. These proteins give your hair fullness, bounce, and sheen. 

However, when it comes to hair protein, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Known as protein overload, having too much protein in your hair may cause it to appear dull, dry, and brittle. Keratin, the main protein in your hair, can be added to your hair to strengthen your strands. Products that contain keratin, coat your strands with keratin to make them stronger. It’s only when keratin builds up that it can weaken your hair shaft and results in split ends and hair that’s harder to style.


Protein treatments are used to coat your hair strands with keratin, adding strength to the bonds between your hair molecules. This protein can actually build up on the cuticle of your hair, making your hair heavier. This can wear out your hair strand as it works extra against the effects of gravity.


The tell-tale signs of protein overload seem to be split ends and limp strands. Hair that feels brittle or sheds more than is normal for you can also be signs that your tresses have been exposed to too much keratin. 

Hair that has been damaged from dye, bleach, heat styling, and other chemicals is prone to frizz, breakage, and split ends, which can make it hard to spot the difference. The thing to remember is that protein overload in your hair doesn’t happen as the result of a high-protein diet or other lifestyle choices. A protein overload only happens after treating your hair with protein in some way. 

If you’ve been treating your hair with care but one or several of your hair products contain keratin, protein buildup could definitely be a factor. If you haven’t been treating your hair with protein, you can probably rule it out.

That’s why it’s important to mix and match between the two conditioners. Cleansing with a clarifying shampoo. Soaking your hair in regular warm water is a great start to rid your hair of excess oils and buildup, but you’ll probably need a clarifying shampoo to break apart proteins that are bonded to your hair. Look for a gentle clarifying shampoo made specifically for your hair type.

  • Don’t over condition your hair. Limit conditioner to the ends of your hair; it typically doesn’t need to be applied to your roots.

  • Use a clarifying shampoo every few weeks to avoid product or protein build up. 

  • Mix and match between the two conditioners.