Back To Basics: Moisture – Protein Balance

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Why It Is Important And How To Achieve It

I often talk about the moisture - protein balance but there are those out there who don't know what it is or why it is vital to the health and length of your locks.

Lets start with moisture. Moisture is H20, water and nothing else. Moisture is probably the single most important factor in your hair's health.

It's surprising that hair is only about 10-14% moisture but you definitely notice when that percentage reduces because without moisture, whether your hair is natural or relaxed, you are in brillo pad city! Moisture improves elasticity so the hair is able to stretch before breaking. A very useful trait for detangling and styling sessions.


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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Coco Washington

I know this may not be the same for everyone but I have discovered with my own hair that I need more moisture than protein. When I would use Cantu and Elasta QP my hair would grow but I would still have breakage. I slowed down on the Elasta only once a week and now I use the Cantu every night and I have seen a difference with my moisture and breakage. Everyone is different of course but I have found among my hair care routine I have better results with more moisture products. I have switched to Shea Moisture and I am in love!!!