Thursday, December 1, 2011

Protein vs. Moisture

When developing a hair care regimen it is extremely important to know the difference between protein and moisture and when you hair is lacking either products. This is especially important for the ladies who are transitioning to natural. As your hair grows out, the point where your relaxed hair meets your natural hair [line of demarcation] can become weak and breakage can occur. So your hair will need lots more protein to keep that line strong. Here's how to tell what your hair needs:

If your hair is...
crunchy, hard, brittle and snaps if you even look at it, you definitely need some moisture in your strands.

If your hair is...
mushy, limp, stretches way too much without bouncing back, or even stretches and breaks you probably need to incorporate more protein into your regimen.

If your hair...
Stretches when pulled but doesn't break and returns back to its original curl, your hair has protein & moisture balance!

There are so many conditioners out there that moisturize hair and work great that you can find with a simple google or youtube search.My favorites are Giovanni's Smooth as Silk deeper moisture conditioner, Shea Moisture's deep treatment Masque and Aubrey Organic's Honey suckle rose conditioner. My sister and I also lean more toward natural deep conditioning recipes which can be made with simple items in your kitchen and under your sink. Here is a video that Elle has on her channel that can be used as a wonderful deep conditioner.

If you are not a mixtress of any sort you can always grab your favorite thick creamy deep conditioner saturate your hair with it, seal with EVOO or EVCO, cover it with a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes with heat or atleast an hour with no heat.

If your hair is lacking in the protein department there are several ways you can increase the strength of your tresses.

Henna is known across the Natural hair community as a great natural way to loosen your curl pattern while increasing your mane's strength and elasticity. Although neither myself or my sister have given henna a try it is something I definitely want to try in the future.

Egg Treatments
Adding an egg to your favorite deep conditioner is another way to give your hair a boost of protein to keep the balance just right. Also a prepoo with an egg and some oils (like jojoba oil or coconut oil) will also do the trick, just be sure to follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner!

Mixing it up
I have a youtube video of my favorite protein treatment that I do on my hair about once every 6 weeks or after my hair has been straightened. I think it works wonders and it definitely has my hair feeling strong and healthy afterwards. It actually saved my hair from some heat damage which I will talk about in a post coming up very soon

Leave-in conditioner is also something that is very important and sometimes overlooked. They have protein and moisturizing leave ins so you definitely want to keep your balance in check with leave ins as well. My favorite protein leave in is Infusium 23 repairology leave in followed by Aphogee's Green Tea Keratin leave in as my second. My favorite moisturizing leave in is Kinky Curly Knot Today and Giovanni's Direct leave in a close second. 
Protein and moisture balance is something that is very important for every transitioning, relaxed or natural woman. People tend to think that just because you are natural you don't need protein which is not true at all! Ladies, listen to your hair...the sounds that it makes and they way it behaves when you manipulate it can tell you a whole lot! Later dolls :)

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