How To: Reverse Protein Overload

If you notice your hair is dry, brittle and won’t retain moisture, please check your product list and ingredients, you could be suffering from protein overload.  Once you’ve identified the problem, how do you treat it?  Protein overload can lead to a huge setback due to the fragility of your strands and the propensity it has to lead to severe breakage.  Here are the steps I suggest using to reverse protein overload, sorry it is geared towards Bee Mine users since that is the product line I primarily use; However suggestions for other products in the same category are at the bottom of the post:


  • Clarify (Bee Mine has a Clarifying Bar), deep condition with a conditioner that contains NO protein (i.e. Bee Mine BeeUtiFul Deep conditioner not the Avocado Balanced Conditioner, leave that alone for now!) and use a leave in with NO protein – i.e. Deja’s Hair Milk.
  • Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner that is PROTEIN-FREE such as Bee Mine Bee-U-ti-FuL Deep Moisturizing Conditioner.
  • To accelerate the process of infusing moisture back into your strands, try baggying. Moisturize your hair with a protein free product (Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk or Daily Moisturizing Spritz, not the Bee Mine Luscious) don’t seal yet and apply a plastic shower cap overnight. In the morning your hair should be back to normal.
  • After that first clarifying wash, go back to using a moisturizing shampoo.  My personal preference is a sulfate-free one (Giovanni Smooth as Silk) but there are a number of great ones on the market.
  • If you have already tried those steps, check your porosity. Once my hair felt brittle and chronically dry no matter what I did to it. I bought Roux Porosity Control conditioner and after my hair airdried it was back to feeling soft. If you don’t have the RPC you can use an ACV rinse to do the exact same thing, use 1-2 tbsp of ACV per 2 cups of water. Do this as your rinse before applying your conditioner because it can make the strands feel rough initially. Apply it to your hair, let it sit for a moment, comb through with your fingers and then rinse and deep condition as normal.
  • So – Clarify, Correct Porosity with Roux Porosity Control or Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, Deep Condition with Moisture, Airdry with protein-free leave in, Baggy overnight.

Suggestions for other products in each category other than Bee Mine – all ones I’ve tried and liked in the past:

– Deep Conditioner (moisture):  Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Aussie 3 Minute Moisture Miracle
– Moisturizing Leave-In (moisture):  Aussie Daily Leave-In spray, Elasta QP Feels Like Silk H2 Leave-In
– Clarifying Shampoo:  Suave Daily Clarify, CHI Clean Start

Author: EbonyCPrincess

EbonyCPrincess, a self proclaimed hair care enthusiast who began her quest for long healthy hair in 2009. Her hair is relaxed and type 4b (kinky, very tightly coiled). You can find more information about Ebony and her journey on her personal blog, or her YouTube channel (

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  1. Thank you for your article, BUT surely honey has protein and also so does coconut milk as one other person suggested. Look forward to hearing your response. Thanks

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  2. Thanks for the information, I mainly used beemine products but I had to stop due to protein overload and I did not know what to do. You said to use Deja’s hair milk as a leave-in but there is coconut milk in it. Isn’t it protein?

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  3. Great article! I have unfortunately witnessed this first hand. I searched so many websites, blogs and hair books to find the right reversal. Nothing seemed to work until I talked to a good friend that introduced me to bee mine hair products and the various techniques you mentioned. I will have to say at first I wasn’t a fan of the baggie effect but ive come to love and appreciate it! Really makes a big difference. Once I stuck to it and used protective hairstyling the results soon followed!

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  4. great information, I will pass this on to my hair junky girlfriends.

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  5. Great article, I’ve experienced this first hand,not fun! That RPC is a godsend, right!

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    • Girl, you told the truth! I hate how my hair feels right after rinsing it, but after my hair is finished – it feels SO much better!

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  6. Great article as always Ebony! Glad to say that I haven’t yet experienced protein overload, my hair seems to gladly accept all the protein I give it. It’s good to know what to do if it should ever happen though.

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    • Thanks Alma! My hair isn’t particularly protein sensitive either, so I’ve never experienced overload but I have had to pull back on my protein products at times. Thanks for reading!

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