Does Your Hair Need Protein Or Moisture Conditioning?

Damaged hair can be caused by a number of reasons from poor hair care or diet, over or improper use of brushing or heated styling instruments, chemical processing, sun overexposure or hair accessories. With the many different ways hair can become damaged, there are two common damaged conditions that can be helped if the correct treatment is applied regularly: dry, brittle, rough damage or weak, mushy damage.

There are different damaged conditions that require varying treatment and determining the kind of damage your hair has can help you can choose the best treatment. 

Your hair texture/thickness of the strand and porosity also contribute to how well your hair responds to treatment. Hair that is dry, brittle, or rough needs softening and moisturizing through fatty acid-rich ingredients found in plant, nut, and seed oils and aloe vera gel.  

Hair that is ultra-fine or chemically damaged to the point of having a mushy, cotton candy-like feel, needs protein. 

Hair textures and conditions that respond well to most of the protein added to shampoos and conditioners are fine and weak to mushy damaged - which can include straight, wavy, curly and extra curly hair types with any density - low to high - which is how much hair you have on your head. The right hydrolyzed protein will help temporarily strengthen, fine, mushy, weak hair through reconstruction. It will not repair the hair permanently though. 

All hair Protein conditioning treatments and moisturizing hair conditioning treatments must be applied regularly to continually experience the benefits, as they gradually rinse off. Depending on the molecular weight and the shampoo used, some hydrolyzed proteins can hang out longer in hair, create a film over the hair strand and might not rinse off as quickly. This can cause a slight build-up on the hair and may contribute to breakage for certain hair textures and conditions. 

Many shampoos and conditioners contain hydrolyzed protein. Hydrolyzed protein is protein broken down into its component amino acids to make it water-soluble in the formula and able to penetrate the hair strand.

NOT SURE WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE YOU HAVE?

The elasticity test.

How your hair reacts to being stretched will help determine if you need protein or moisture treatment. 

Take an inch of your hair and stretch it, if it doesn’t stretch or breaks, feels dry and rough, it is brittle/damaged and needs moisture treatment. 

If the hair stretches far and does not return and/or breaks, feels mushy, gummy or cotton candy-like, your hair needs protein. 

If your hair stretches a bit, then returns to its normal state, your protein and moisture are balanced. 

Enrich Hair Mask is our moisture conditioning treatment for dry, brittle, rough hair damage.

8 comments

I have my hairdressing licence. This is well written. Off to protein (then moisturize) my newly highlighted ’do….. : )

Colleen E. July 02, 2020

What is the best moisturizing shampoo?
What is the best protein shampoo?
Can I switch shampoos one for a month then using the other for a month.

Danielle Antonuccio June 10, 2020

It is still unclear to differentiate the hair requirements.please make a video so that it will be visible and more clear.

Nisha May 04, 2020

I colour my hair blond and its was beautiful in the beginning but it broke especially on my crown its very short it looks like im bold in that area

Felicity April 28, 2020

My hair is really thin at the ends I just gave myself a protein treatment how often can I give myself a protein treatment what can I do when my ends are thinning

Laura February 21, 2020

So what happens if you stretch the strand, it does stretch and then when you let go it turns into a springy curl?

Kate January 30, 2020

Dear Josh. I suffered from trichtilimania for the past 25 years and I was wondering if you could recommend any treatment to encourage hair regrowth? Kind regards Mary

Mary Dineen December 12, 2019

So glad to have found your hair elasticity test. I now know that its moisture that my hair needs.
Cant wait to try Enrich!!!

Jo October 15, 2019

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