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Those silky, sultry strands of hair on your head are packed with particles of a protein known as keratin. This protein provides your hair with strength, resilience and durability. Without the proper amounts of protein, your hair would lack strength and texture. Hair products, including deep conditioners, often contain protein as one of the main ingredients. Although some protein can help pump up your pretty, too much of this good thing can defeat its beauty-boosting purpose.
Protein in your products helps plump up skinny strands and protects your tender tresses from damage. Conditioners that contain protein also include other ingredients for a sensible reason. Those sumptuous strands of silky hair only have so much room for pampering products. Professional conditioners usually contain a balanced blend of moisturizing and strengthening ingredients. Alternating pure protein treatments with deep moisturizing treatments can also provide this beautifying balance.
Although your hair needs protein for strength, it also requires moisture to help keep it pliable and soft, an important factor when it comes to reducing breakage and split ends. Too much protein can deplete your hair of moisture, making the strands brittle. If you use a pure protein product, make sure you balance it out with regular deep-conditioning treatments that contain rich emollients and moisturizers. Slathering a little moisturizer over your protein-packed hair can help eliminate frizzies and those oh-so-annoying flyaways.
Hair requires different amounts of protein. Short, virgin hair can look sexy and sassy without a lot of help from protein packs and moisturizing treatments. Chemically processed hair, or hair that undergoes other types of unscrupulous abuse, tends to become weak and damaged. Protein packs can help turn around tress terror by pumping up the protein power.
Protein treatments come in a variety of fabulous forms. Use a protein hair mask to provide intense protein replenishment to severely stressed hair. Use this type of protein pack only as often as the product label advises. Balance out protein packs and masks with occasional moisturizing conditioners, especially near the tips of your tired tresses.