With so many different conditioners on the market, how do you know which one is good for your hair? You may only need some extra moisture, or you are just needing to strengthen your strands. Maintaining a proper balance between having moisture and strength in your hair is necessary for the healthiest hair growth possible.
Protein conditioners helps to make the hair stronger. There are different levels of protein conditioners ranging from “instant” conditioners such as Suave, to total protein based treatments such as Aphogee Treatment For Damaged Hair. You normally need to follow up treatments with a moisturizing conditioner. Lastly, just a friendly reminder, if you use too much protein on your hair, it will feel hard and brittle, and could eventually break off.
Moisturizing conditioners are usually water-based and essential for natural hair in restoring softness and moisture. The conditioners help to make the hair soft and retain elasticity, which aids in decreasing hair breakage. These types of conditioners can be in the form of a quick rinse out application, or a one-hour deep conditioning treatment. An example of this type of conditioner would be Kinky Curly’s Stella Strands Hydrating Deep Treatment. There is such a thing as “over conditioning.” If you tend to use moisturing conditioners to often, it can cause the hair to feel weak and limp.
Personally, I do not use color or heat on my hair. However, I do use a protein treatment on my hair maybe once every 3 or 4 months, as a preventative maintaince and I use a moisturing deep conditioning treatment about every 2 weeks. This gives me a good balance of not having too much protein or moisture.
In closing, depending on the health of your hair, try to use protein based conditioners sparingly and moisturing conditioners more often. Play around with the frequency and see how your hair reacts. The most important thing is to remain consistent with taking care of your hair.