Just like your skin, your hair dries out, and it needs to be moisturized for its health.Moisture plays a very important role in determining hair texture. It helps to keep your hair supple, soft and less prone to hair breakage. The main reason for lackluster limb hair and static elasticity is the lack of enough moisture in your hair. When your body has enough water, it is internally and externally good. If it is well-hydrated on the inside, your hair will be supplied with sufficient moisture. Externally, your hair will keep its suppleness and elasticity. Keeping this moisture in your hair is almost next to impossible, something that requires you to seal it in. You seal moisture in by applying butter or oil to your hair after moisturizing so that the moisture can be held on to your hair.
Why Hair requires protein
Protein is essential for healthy hair. Keratinocytes are needed for keratin, which is a component required for hair growth. You are therefore required to take enough proteins from your diet so that you don’t experience hair loss or dullness and brittleness of hair. Protein affects hair structure and shape, determining its curliness or straightness.
Moisture and protein balance and why it is important
As discussed above, moisture is required for hair elasticity while protein is to give your hair structure and lovely curves. This means that both of them are essentials for hair health. They are co-dependent, meaning that neither of them can work correctly in the absence of the other.
The big question, therefore, is, how much protein and moisture is needed to keep hair healthy. Is there too much or too little of either of these components? The answer to this is that you have to keep a healthy balance between these two components depending on the condition of your hair.
Too much protein
Too much elasticity (moisture) means that your hair will stretch a lot, hence breaking. Too much protein in your hair means that it will snap and break in the end. In whichever case, either too much protein or moisture, your hair ends up breaking.
It is, therefore, important to ensure you keep a balance of these too, as anything away from moisture/protein balance would cause hair breakages.
Start by knowing your hair needs
You are the person who knows your hair best, and a wet assessment can help you be sure of what is lacking in your hair. When your hair is wet, you can try tugging it lightly in both directions to see how strong or weak it is. If it stretches a little bit and snaps like it is brittle and feels rough and dry, you need to step up its moisture content. If it stretches very far without any substantial breakage of feels soft, sticky or mushy, you need more protein.
Once you have established the cause of hair breakage, you need to bring a balance of moisture and protein component. If your hair has a lot of protein and lacks enough moisture and it feels dry, you can consider applying moisture rich, deep conditioner treatment along with moisture rich light protein treatment weekly. If it has a lot of much moisture and lacks enough protein, consider applying a medium/mild protein deep conditioner occasionally.