What does my hair need? - Protein, Moisture, Both or None

By . - Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Hair Test
  1. Grab a wet piece of your hair, preferably a long piece, and twist the ends of the hair around your index fingers.
  2. If the hair stretches but shrinks back after releasing tension, your hair has a good moisture and protein balance. Congratulations! Keep to your regimen.
  3. If the hair stretches a lot and does not shrink back, you need to add protein to your regimen to correct this.
  4. If the hair breaks as soon as you try to stretch it, you need to add more moisturizing treatments to your regimen.
  5. If the hair stretches and breaks, then you may want to try adding a better protein and moisture balance to correct this. Perhaps alternating between moisturizing and protein based deep conditioning weekly.
So you diagnosed what your hair needs are, but your not really sure if the conditioners you have in your cabinet are protein or moisture based.

Here is a short list of words that may be on the back of your product ingredients that means PROTEIN!
  • Collagen
  • Collagen Amino Acids
  • Silk Amino Acids
  • Silk Acids
  • Wheat Amino Acids
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Animal Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Silk Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
  • Keratin Amino Acids
  • Keratin
  • Hexanoyl Depedtide-3(natural protein)
  • Norleucine Acetate (natural protein)
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Irish Moss
  • Rice Protein
  • Milk 
  • Egg 
What is a Humectant? A humectant is a substance that promotes retention of moisture. It is also the ingredients responsible for that frizz you have been trying to get rid of. Check the list out below.

  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)
I hope that everyone is able to test their own hair from this post and begin to give their hair exactly what it needs. This isn't about copying anyones regimen or buying the same excat products as the next person. This is all about listening to your own hair.

Have a Good Hair Day!!!

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