When we talk about curl care, we often discuss the need for moisture. We don't always spend as much time thinking about the other side of the equation for healthy curls, which is protein. Curls are formulated with a protein called keratin, and while curls need protein, too much can make them brittle.
When you're moisturizing your curls, it's important to check whether or not the product you're using contains protein. If protein are amongst the first ingredients listed, you could be overdoing it when you moisturize your curls. If you use that product regularly and are experiencing brittleness, you might want to consider cutting back. Here are a few great moisturizers that will work effectively for your curls but are free of protein.
Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion: You only need a small amount of this product as a little goes a long way. It's loaded with healthful ingredient (that don't include protein), such as slippery elm and sunflower oil. which work together to nourish dry curls, add shine and make them more manageable.
As I Am Moisture Milk Daily Hair Revitalizer: If you're tired of flat second (or third, or fourth) day curls, this product is for you. Water, soybean oil, beet root and sweet almond oil help curls bounce back effectively. This helps manage frizz and adds shine to dry locks.
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk: This luscious product will make your curls shiny and bouncy without using anything yucky, like parabens, sulfates or silicones and of course, no protein. It's also super lightweight making it great for fine curls.
EverButter Buttermint Smoothie Moisturizing Crème: This product has raw shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil and glycerin to help soothe and moisturize curls. This will help your curls be correctly balanced without the addition of protein.