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Things I wish I knew before I started going naturally curly: Part 2 – Protein and Moisture

Hi Hunnies. My last post we covered hair porosity, texture and density,today we will be covering protein and moisture.

Protein and Moisture

Its important to identify which one of the two if you need  in order to have healthy, strong hair. Healthy hair will be a balance of the two.

Why do you need to know your hairs protein and moisture needs?

Knowing your hairs’ protein and moisture needs, will help you pick products to define and moisturize your curls, it will also help the overall health and strength of your hair

Protein

Protein helps with hair structure, if you have an overload of it your hair will be dry, hard and brittle resulting in breakage.
If you have too little the hair will not hold a curl.
If you have to much it will break and snap easily, feel rough, brittle, straw like. Hair breaks easily whether its wet or dry.
Remember when everyone was using horse shampoo? Then after a while they complained about their hair becoming dry and brittle? Yep that’s protein overload.

To rectify you will need to deep condition with a protein free, moisture rich deep conditioner and use protein free products until it goes back to normal.

Protein and Moisture

How do you know if there’s protein in your products? 

Look out for the following:

*Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen

* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
* Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk amino acids
* Cocoyl Hydrolyzed collagen
* Cocoyl Hydrolyzed keratin
* Hydrolyzed keratin
* Hydrolyzed oat flour
* Hydrolyzed silk
* Hydrolyzed silk protein
* Hydrolyzed soy protein
* Hydrolyzed wheat protein
* Keratin
* Potassium cocoyl hydrolzed collagen
* TEA- cocoyl hydrolzed collagen
* TEA- cocoyl hydrolzed soy protein

Moisture

Many a curly girl will always tell you curls love moisture. Curls and waves needs a lot more moisture than straight hair to keep it hydrated and prevent frizzies. The more hydrated the hair is the less frizz there will be.
However you can over hydrate your hair, causing hydral fatigue-when hair is mushy and limp, when it is stretched the curl does not bounce back.
To rectify you guessed it, you will need a protein deep conditioner and use products with protein in it
Your hair must be balanced, and it takes a while to get there but don’t give up☺

Protein and Moisture

How to test whether you need protein or moisture

Take a few strands of wet hair and start stretching it, if the hair does not stretch and just breaks you need moisture
Stretches a 20-30% but does not bounce back you need protein
Stretches less than 20% then breaks you need both protein and moisture
Stretches but comes back to its normal length-like an elastic its balance and I hate you lol

While you still trying to figure out whether you need more protein or moisture, for the first 3 or 4 months concentrate on moisture. Its easier to rectify moisture overload , than it is protein overload.

If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments section below.Click here to read part one

Shamiela

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