Does your hair need protein or moisture? If you’re looking for answers to this question, you’re in the right place. To put it simply, protein is what keeps your hair strong, adds shine, hydration and helps reduce breakage. Protein is also used to temporarily repair damaged areas in hair by filling in gaps in the cuticle. When used well, protein keeps your hair hydrated by slowing the loss of water from hair. This is also essential is you have wavy, curly or coily hair. The hair structure differce from straight hair and makes it more prone to hair breakage.
Moisture on the other hand is essential to retain hair elasticity and prevent it from breaking off, especially if you have curly hair. The curlier the hair is makes it harder for the sebum to travel from the root to the ends. Because of this people with curly hair tends to have drier hair and scalp than people with straight hair. So if you are a curly girl, ensure to keep a close eye on this. When your hair is moisturized, water molecules bind with the protein present in the strands. It is this way that they are able to absorb and perform their hydrating duties.
SIGNS YOUR HAIR NEEDS PROTEIN?
Is your hair weak or brittle?
Or are you losing an unusual amount of hair?
These are warning signs that your hair might need protein. Damaged hair from either heat damage, regular relaxing, or bleaching requires more protein because it has lost some of the protective layers that hold moisture in and lost some native proteins.
THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOUR HAIR NEEDS PROTEIN?
- Add a protein treatment to your wash day routine or as an intensive treatment
- Look for formulas that use plant-derived proteins (see the list in the next section) or use a rice water rinse as a protein treatment
- Alternate between deep conditioning treatments and protein treatments for optimal results
BEST HAIR PROTEIN PRODUCTS FOR CURLY HAIR
Many products will advertise if they're protein heavy with words like “strengthening” or “repairing”. Make sure to check the ingredients list to find proteins.
Here are some of the most common ingredients and their INCI names that will be listed in protein treatments. If you want to follow a vegan haircare, note that some of the most common proteins are animal derived.
- hydrolyzed protein (hydrolized vegetable protein)
- keratin (hydrolized keratin, always animal derived)
- oat flour (hydrolized oat protein)
- soy (hydrolized soy protein)
- collagen (hydrolized collagen, usually animal derived)
- amino acids (vegetable amino acids)
- silk (hydrolized silk, animal derived)
- wheat protein (hydrolized wheat protein)
SIGNS YOUR HAIR NEEDS MOISTURE?
Do you have a lot of split ends? Is your hair frizzy, unmanageable, or dull?
More often than not, hair that needs more moisture has been over-treated, treated with the wrong products, or has had too much heat applied to it.
THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOUR HAIR NEEDS MOISTURE?
- Conditioning often
- Use sulfate-free shampoos
- Use Hair oils to lock in moisture
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BEST HAIR MOISTURIZING PRODUCTS FOR CURLY HAIR
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