Moisture Or Protein? How To Decide On Your Conditioner This Week

Moisture Or Protein Conditioners

I wrote on this topic in a recent newsletter but I think it is worth posting as a stand alone article to help the newbies among you decide what conditioner or deep conditioner to use weekly in your HHJ.

What do you use to condition your hair every week?

Do you usually use a protein or moisturizing conditioner and how do you know what to choose or when to switch anyway? Hair will have different needs depending on the texture of your hair and whether you have used any chemical services (including color) or in fact the weather outside.

For natural ladies with coarse wiry hair that is usually worn in natural styles, you should err on the side of moisture with steaming sessions to reduce brittleness and increase elasticity in your strands. Protein conditioners can take a back seat with once a month being plenty.

For those with fine strands the sensible option would be to err on the side of protein. Your hair is fragile and if you style it often, breakage is even more likely so you need something to help your hair stand up to the constant attention. A light protein conditioner every other week should be plenty.

If you are a natural who straightens regularly, remember that you lose a lot of protein while styling so protein conditioning will need to be bumped up to once every couple of weeks.


If like me you are a natural who both wears your hair straight often and colors (lightens) you hair, then a light protein deep conditioner even as often as weekly will benefit rather than hinder your progress.

For relaxed heads, I would suggest that you err on the side of protein as a starting point. Include a light protein conditioner every two weeks until you can tell instantly what your hair needs.

It is entirely possible however to be relaxed and still have wiry coarse hair in which case, steaming and moisturizing conditioners will be your best friend to begin with. Again don’t forget the protein, your hair loses a lot of it during chemical relaxing and it needs to be constantly replenished to keep your hair healthy.

What conditioners to use

For your protein needs I recommend Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor or Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor, both are fabulous at adding strength to your strands without being too heavy.

For moisture you can always use a cheapie moisturizing conditioner like V05 Tea Therapy conditioner or the ever popular Tresemme Naturals conditioner. You can always bump up your moisture levels by combining your conditioner with a steaming session.

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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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Gwendyna Maleama

both of these products are very good !!

Monique Scott'Office Williams

Which protein treatment is worth buying. Sadly i have never did one before 🙁

Elizabeth Jenkins

I alternate between the two. My hair tells me when I need either.

Chas Meme

moisture for my hair

Keisha Jackson

This is very useful information. I think I’m protein sensitive.

Carol D Johnson

MOISTURE! I loveeeeee Tressemme Naturals!

Christi Lawson

I say both! I know they both work well

Carol Edmonds

Both are needed..

Marshellen Denise

Both!

Shawnnita Larkins

I choose both…. i cowashed with as i am cleansing cowash, deep conditioned with SM anti breakage masque, and applied tresemme naturals nourishing moisture conditioner as my leave in…. my hair is soft as usual 🙂 my protein conditioners are tresemme curl hydration, and SM anti breakage masque… i rotate between the two weekly and i always follow with a moisturing conditioner.. either tresemme naturals nourishing moisture or Giovanni direct leave in moisturizing conditioner 🙂

Amanda Bradley

I don’t really care for the chemicals in tresseme I thought I was trippin when I was relaxed but I always get heartburn when I use it and occasionally break-out

Sierra Watson

Tresemme! You can even add a little olive oil or honey to it, for a better hold of moisture. This product is excellent for curly hair.

Chas Agee

Both , but I use TRESemme naturals and mayo/honey protein once or twice a months depending upon weather

Shametria Session

Neither cuz they both cheap as hell?? What about some Joice Reconstrutor Or Paul Mitchell? Talk some brands then I can listen

Alx Edg

Wow, you must be rollin’ in dough.:D.Cool I’ll inbox you my address and you can ship me some expensive brands,:D…

Shametria Session

I don’t like anything cheap on my hair nor anybody hair I’m doing. And it’s actually not expensive!!!! It last way longer than the cheap brands and better quality

Sabrina Abigail Wynter

not because it has a brand name mean it is better… n both products r really good the tresemme n aphogee that is

Shametria Session

Well everybody have they own opinions!!

BlackHairInformation.com

Joico is mentioned in the post anyway 🙂

April Carter

Costly does not always mean good. Aphogee is a great product.

Alx Edg

@Shametria.. Mention a few brands under these 2 categories that are reallly good.

Shametria Session

Just did

Shelithia Jackson

I have used Aphogee and it works great. Name brands don’t mean it is better. You paying for the name. Those brands have the same ingredients.

Amt
Amt

Frustrated. I’m an annual heat user and my ends are super dry and brittle. Just tried the apogee protien syst and I do see some difference. But even after a careful blow out and sealing with black castor oil my ends are still so dry. I’ve done my trims at the salon and am probably overdue. But it seems at some point my end always end up dry, brittle with SIngle strand knots . Am I missing something? I do have dry hair but I try to stay away from drying products altogether.

Alma
Alma

Are you conditioning with heat? This is more important than you think….

Amt
Amt

Yes I always DC with a plastic cap and A hooded dryer for 15-20 min. I did the aphogee with the dryer too as directed.

Alma
Alma

You say that you are an annual heat user? How do you usually wear your hair and do you notice the dry ends when in the other styles? Also are you relaxed or natural? Oh and you just blow drying your hair, not flat ironing afterwards? Are you using a heat protectant and which one?

Amt
Amt

natural and my hair is usually in a fro. I see them no matter what style. And when I used heat last October it was a blow out and flat iron. Don’t think they used a heat protectant before blowing or flat ironing. When I blew it out with the aphogee this past Thursday I used the protein leave in and the green tea restructurizer because it said they’re heat protectant and activated with heat. Worked fine just not on the ends. I am due for a trim but I feel like they always come back even without heat use 🙁

Alma
Alma

Ok I’ve got a couple of posts for you to read, I have a strong feeling that it’s the afro that may be causing the dry ends so you may want to rethink your styling choices. Plus you must ALWAYS use a stand alone heat protectant when applying any heat on your hair. I always using a spray one that contains glycerine when blowing out then I follow up with a silky serum before flat ironing. The result is always smooth hair even when it starts to revert a little bit:
https://blackhairinformation.com/by-type/natural-hair/shrunken-afro-a-protective-style/
https://blackhairinformation.com/hair-care-2/styling/prevent-heat-damage-by-knowing-what-really-works-as-a-heat-protectant/

Aja
Aja

Thank you so very much! I read them both I and I will certainly take the advice for hear protecting. As far as my fro, I would love to switch it up but I have very this 4c tangly, not so well defined coils. Tried so many tutorials for banding and flexi rods and Bantu knots without heat. None of it turns out right. I know no go to style for someone with my hair type without spending too much time. If there’s any advice i would appreciate it. I’ve tried many tutorials. Nothing I do myself seems to maintain.

Alma
Alma

If you don’t want to spend lots of time on your styles then I would stick with twists or braids. Protective styling is the only way to prevent raggedy ends on high shrinkage hair.

Leenayka Yulaykis Isaac

Mix

Leenayka Yulaykis Isaac

Just because a conditioner is cheap, it does not mean it is not good !!

Shiquita Hutchinson

This is so true because they have this one I used in Jamaica for a few years and it cost less than $2 US and it works better than $20 conditioner.

Eunice Thomas-Troupe

Both, protein treatment once a month and moisture weekly.

Sharla West

BOTH!!

Sharonbeauti Msmoses Robinson

I’ve been a stylist for 29years and aphogee is a great reconstructor. It may be cheap in price but it get the job done…trust

Naomi Summage

I use cheap products. Natural hair been around since forever people act like it’s so new. They didn’t use all that expensive stuff back in the day and hair grew just fine. I use sauve shampoo n conditioner (gasp ) and its one dollar. I use grease on my ends (gasp) an olive oil for moisture .

Shawnetta Jones

moisture never use protien

Monette McLin

Thanks for this article! I’m just starting my natural regimen. I knew Tresemme’ was great for moisture, but I was having a dilemma with protein choices. I was considering ordering the Jamaican Black Castor oil protein conditioner.

BlackHairInformation.com

That’s a really good one too.

Kathy Battle

Treatments are decided by hair texture & condition for weak , fine hair I would do a protein treatment & add hot oil , for dry thick or course hair moisturizing deep conditioning and in some cases a moisture sandwich which includes both moisture & protein ….

Edna Baker

Do them both our hair needs it specialy if u having breakage

Takarea Newsome

She said talk some brands, then I can listen. Lmao. Rude!

Tamera Durett

What’s the best moisturizer? I need ur help ladies lol

Rhonda Grier

Our hair needs both!

Lite Skins

Aphogee !! Does that cheap stuff work good on Afro hair ???

Jamila Kelly

Thank you for this, very helpful 🙂

Blessedfrom Above

I use its a 10 miracle leave in conditioner and Jamaican black caster oil… I have researched so many…everyone hair may have a different texture…find one that’s best for u…

Clea McAlpin

Both but my hair loves eggs

Santé Jahzischa

I need serious protein

Jaquandolyn Oliver

What’s a good leave in for thick black hair?

Tamika Canty

Both…Cheap or not they are both great products.

Sha AngelEyes

Yes Both!

Victoria VirgosRock Hopkins

I have fine hair and did my grandmother… I don’t have thick hair what producks would be helpful!! I use tresemme other added volume it does great with my hair

TaeKeira Jhaundäe Jackson

I love aphogee!

Sherry Miles
Sherry Miles

I finally realized my perfect moisture/protein balance by alternating when needed and my hair is flourishing. Loving this natural hair journey!

Tamara Langston

Tresemme may be cheap but it works just fine for my hair the curly hydration conditioner is good:)

Takeyia Sophisicatedpatrick

APHOGEE!

Nisha Bella Jones

Protein and olive oil moisturizer, but niether of these….

Gilda Adlig

Has anyone used TIL JBCO Protein Conditioner? If so, what are your thoughts? I purchased some and then I chicken – ed out…lol

Robin Veronica

Our hair needs moisture & protein but I wouldn’t use either of these brands because of the sulfates. I use Carols daughter & As I Am to cowash & condition my hair. I use henna to occasionally as a deep conditioner & dye. I mix an egg, honey, olive oil, & tea with it. Natural 5 yrs.

Robin Veronica

Don’t focus on brands or prices-focus on the ingredients in them.

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams

What is a steaming session?

Alma
Alma

Steaming your hair!

Shon Muckelroy

She done got pissed off cause she said she use “expensive” items on her head….lmao….where they do that at???? I’m from south Texas and me and my daughter have to use both….more moisture than protein. ….people these days are something else….I’m with you alx edg……mail us some “expensive products”!!!! Lol

Kalina Scott

I use exactly this. It works !

Tosha Lindon

I love Aphogee

Alisa Young

Wow I use the whole line of aphogee products. I’ve done my research and now that I’ve found this page…..I love it!!!