What's The Difference? Protein Conditioners vs. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

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What's The Difference? Protein Conditioners vs. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

By Jonna Scott-Blakes

One of the most critical parts of a healthy hair regimen is deep conditioning. Deep conditioning helps improve and maintain the moisture-protein balance of our hair, which helps improve elasticity. Elasticity helps avoid breakage since the hair is more flexible.

 Two of the main types of deep conditioners are protein deep conditioners and moisturizing deep conditioners. Both serve a purpose, but what is it? Do you really need both? And how do you know when you should use a protein deep conditioner vs a moisturizing deep conditioner?

  Let’s dig a little deeper into these questions.

 Our hair needs both moisture and protein to thrive, retaining strength, and elasticity. There are deep conditioners that focus on adding moisture, those that focus on adding protein, and some that do both. Our Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner infuses hair with protein and moisture to restore dry and damaged hair. This deep penetrating conditioner is made with complex amino acids from wheat, soy, and other natural ingredients that help restore moisture to damaged and dry hair.

 When our hair is healthy and not damaged, or free of chemical processing like color treatments, there is not as much of a need for protein deep conditioning. In fact, adding protein could do more harm than good. Why? Because protein overload is real. When excess protein coats the hair strand and hardens, it can cause the hair to break. It can also block moisture from penetrating the hair follicle as well.

 If you have low porosity hair, this can be even more of an issue because your hair follicle is already smooth and close, which makes it difficult to penetrate, leaving nowhere for protein to go. This is also known as protein sensitivity. What should you do if this is the case?

 Consider a moisturizing deep conditioner that is protein free. Our Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner is ultra moisturizing and PROTEIN-FREE for softening and silkening the hair. Formulated with Sub-Saharan African Mongongo Oil for Intense Heat Defense™ and Curl Pattern Protection™, restoring health and shine. It’s perfect for protein sensitive hair.

 When our hair is damaged, color treated, or heat styled frequently, these are all reasons why adding a protein and moisturizing deep conditioner to our hair care regimen. If your hair is strong, with low porosity, a moisturizing, protein-free deep conditioner may be all you need in your regular rotation to maintain its health and elasticity. Regardless of your hair needs, Mielle Organics has a deep conditioner for you.



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