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Moisture and Protein Balance on 4C Natural Hair

Did you know moisture and protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair? Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein but due to manipulation, the hair’s protein structure is destroyed. That’s why protein treatments also known as reconstructors come in to reconstruct the protein structure. If your hair is colored, damaged or you use heat styling tools frequently, deep condition with protein deep conditioners regularly & follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner.

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Maintaining Moisture and protein balance.

How does balanced hair feel or look like?

Balanced & healthy hair has strength(doesn’t easily break), elasticity, feels soft yet strong & has its natural shine and curl definition.

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How to tell whether your hair needs protein or moisture.

How your hair feels, looks and breaks when wet will tell whether it needs moisture or protein. If your wet hair feels hard and rough & when you stretch it doesn’t stretch much before breaking, it needs more moisture. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner & moisturize with water-based moisturizer.

Your hair needs protein if it feels weak/brittle and limp when wet & stretches and stretches before breaking. Incorporate deep protein treatment to your regimen.

Moisture and protein balance on natural hair 
Maintaining protein and moisture balance on hair

Is too much moisture or protein a thing?

Yes, I mean too much of everything is dangerous. Overuse of protein conditioners, DIY proteins(rice water, avocado, eggs) leads to protein overload and too much moisture causes hygral fatigue. See why the balance is essential? Breakage can also be a sign of either moisture or protein deficiency or too much of either.

Causes of hygral fatigue.

Hygral fatigue results from continually wetting your hair before it dries or overusing moisturizing products(deep conditioning overnight & moisturizing using the baggy method every now and then.)

Signs of hygral fatigue;

  • Hair feels gummy when wet
  • Loss of hair elasticity(curl doesn’t bounce back after stretching)
  • Hair breaks easily
  • Doesn’t hold its curl pattern & styles.

Causes of Protein overload.

Almost all hair care products contain proteins, it’s no surprise to experience overload and you barely use protein based deep conditioners. Do check the ingredient list of the products before  you purchase. Overusing protein based deep conditioners leads to overload too. How often you use them depends on how damaged your hair is, how often you use heat styling tools, if your hair is colored or relaxed and whether the moisturizers & instant conditioners have protein.

Signs of protein overload

  • Hair feels extremely dry, hard & rigid
  • Feels straw like & stiff even after moisturizing.
  • Lacks natural shine & looks lifeless.

What to look for on the ingredients label for moisture and protein based deep conditioner.

Protein deep conditioner Ingredients

  • Wheat protein 
  • Soy protein
  • Amino Acids
  • Milk protein
  • Keratin
  • Collagen
  • Rice protein

Some products are 2-in-1, moisture & protein based deep conditioners

Moisturizing deep conditioner ingredients 

  • Aqua/water
  • Glycerin / glycerol
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey

Examples of Moisture based deep conditioners

Protein Based Deep Conditioners

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Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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