Protein VS Moisture: Creating the Perfect Balance

April 15, 2018

Protein VS Moisture: Creating the Perfect Balance

Figuring out whether your hair needs protein or moisture can sometimes be a little confusing, especially if you are just starting out on your natural hair journey. 

Your hair needs moisture to retain elasticity, otherwise it will break off. Keeping your hair soft, supple and moist is needed for when doing any type of manipulation. For example: detangling or styling etc. Water being the only true moisturiser. Although moisture is needed to help retain length and strength, it is possible to have too much moisture. You may be moisturising too much throughout the week, applying too much product and always using a moisturising deep conditioner every wash day to name a few. This is called Moisture Overload, which in turn can lead to breakage and split ends. 

Protein Overload is when there is too much protein being applied to the hair. Our tresses are made up of 80% - 90% protein, Keratin to be exact. Although our hair is made up of protein, protein treatments are necessary to prevent any damage and making our hair stay structured in a more healthy way. Our hair tends to lose its strength from processes such as styling, perms/relaxers, hair dying and manipulation. A lot of this loss is from the cuticle. If the cuticle structure around our hair is not strong enough then it won't help to protect our hair. The healthier your cuticles are, the more resilient your hair will be from styling and heat etc. Having protein overload can tend to make our tresses stiff and dry. Doing protein treatments help to reinforce strength into the hair.

An easy way to tell the difference is by doing the hair strand test. Whether you have used a sulphate or sulphate free shampoo, you can take this simple test after freshly washing your tresses to see exactly what your hair needs.

  • Are you experiencing dryness and a lot of breaking and shedding? Take a strand of hair and gently pull. If the strand snaps straight away, then you will need a moisturising deep conditioner.
  • If the strand stretches really long before breaking off and then snaps, then you have too much moisture and you are in need of protein deep conditioner. Your hair may feel super super soft or have that mushy feeling. Your hair may also be hard at retaining moisture.
  • If you pull your strand of hair and it doesn't really snap unless you use a lot of force, then your hair is fine and you a pretty much able to use any conditioner of your choice.
TIP 1: After doing a protein treatment, it's best to follow up with a moisturising conditioner as you then want your tresses back at a normal balance.
TIP 2: If your tresses are at the perfect balance then maybe try using a conditioner that contains both protein and moisture.
TIP 3: When going for a moisture wash day, always make sure your products are moisturising. From your shampoo and conditioner, to your leave - ins and favourite hair moisturiser.
Remember, having too much protein and too much moisture can break your tresses so creating a good balance is key.
Naturally yours,
Kaisha



Leave a comment


More Insightful Articles

5 Hair Tools A Curly Girl Can't Live Without
5 Hair Tools A Curly Girl Can't Live Without

October 28, 2018

From wide tooth combs, to heat caps and head scarfs, we probably have more than what we actually need. But what if I was tell you that out of everything, all you really need are the essential 5.

Continue Reading

How To Workout With Curly Hair
How To Workout With Curly Hair

September 29, 2018

Who can relate to bad work out hair? Working out doesnt have to be stressful when your hair is concerned.

Continue Reading

4 Tips To Grow Your Tresses & Retain Length
4 Tips To Grow Your Tresses & Retain Length

September 16, 2018

Who doesn't want long healthy curls. It's true what people say, the health of your hair is more important than hanging onto 'damaged' length, but we can always have both right? We share our 4 tips for length retention and healthy hair growth.

Continue Reading

★ REVIEWS

Let Customers Speak For Us

303 reviews
88%
(266)
7%
(20)
3%
(9)
1%
(3)
2%
(5)
Would you recommend Flora & Curl to a friend?: Yes
How long have you been natural?: 5+ Years
Popping Curls

11 hours later curls still popping and soft.

Would you recommend Flora & Curl to a friend?: Yes
How long have you been natural?: 0-1 Years
Perfect for removing build up!

I use a lot of quite heavy products on my hair so suffer from build up. Once a month I use this product to deeply cleanse my curls, it clears all traces of buildup whilst keeping my hair super hydrated. I would recommend it to anyone! My advice when using this product: follow the instructions on the bottle exactly, and maybe add a little apple cider vinegar if you’re looking for an extra deep cleanse.

A MUST FOR CURLS!

My hair loved this cleanser. But I will use it at most once a month, I think that's enough. Absolutely rinse it very well, do a deep conditioning afterwards and maintain.

Would you recommend Flora & Curl to a friend?: Yes
This leave-in DELIVERS!

I've been using their Rose & Honey Milk Leave in for about 2 weeks now and couldn't wait to review it! My favourite kind of products are the ones that say NO to all the nasty synthetic ingredients but still DELIVER! This Leave-in does just that! What a powerful combo of botanical products that work incredibly well together. Minimal protein (I count one) for the sensitive and plenty humectants and sealants for amazing moisture! It spreads well and is super light weight and easy to absorb. I hate leave-ins that sit on my fine hair so this is perfect for my curls! It smells like roses, but not that fake rose smell... like ACTUAL ROSES So natural!!! Ive used it for about 4 washes and every time my curls have come out soft and moisturised and held up for a few days in this blistering heat!! .
Absolutely recommend this one.

Great oil for my hair

Great oil for my hair and scalp. Does exactly what it says!