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Protein Conditioners versus Moisturizing Conditioners

An important component to achieving healthy hair whether it's chemically-treated or natural is a good protein-moisture balance. Having that balance is important because have too much of one or too little of the other can lead to hair breakage.


One way to get the desired protein-moisture balance from using protein and moisturizing conditioners. Check out the info below to see what makes a conditioner protein or moisture based, the benefits of each and how to determine which one you should use on your chemically-treated or natural hair.

What these conditioners are and what they do

Protein conditioners come as reconstructors, protein paks and light treatments. The proteins in the condtioners attach to weak areas of the hair strand to help strengthen it. Additionally they harden the cuticle layer and creates a protective barrier around the hair strand.

Moisturizing conditioners come as deep conditioners or masques and rinse out conditioners. They help to keep friction, tangles and breakage away.

The benefits of these conditioners

Protein conditioners
  • Strengthen dry and brittle hair
  • Treat damage from heat styling
  • Temporarily mend split ends

Moisturizing conditioners on the other hand
  • Help to keep hair soft and manageable
  • Eliminate frizz and dryness in the hair
  • Can bring back elasticity and shine


When you should use a moisturizing or protein conditioner

Two of the key signs for when a protein conditioner is needed are
  1. Lots of hair breakage no matter how gently you treat your hair
  2. When your hair stretches more than it normally does and then breaks no matter whether it is dry or wet 

Use a moisturizing conditioner when your hair feels brittle and/or hard. Another sign a moisturizing conditioner is needed is when your hair strands don't have any stretch or elasticity and snap easily.



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