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The best hair masks with protein for your curls

Are you looking for a good hair mask for your curls? Did you already do the elasticity test and know that your locks could use some protein, but don’t know what else to look for? Are you also looking for a product that is Curly Girl-proof? Then chances are you can’t see the forest for the trees anymore. We would like to help you on your way with this list of our favorite hair masks – also called deep conditioners – with protein.

Read also: Starting with the Curly Girl Method: the ultimate guide

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Hair masks with protein for curls

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

This deep conditioner provides hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Depending on the condition of your hair, it can be a quick hydration boost or an extra deep nourishing treatment. Ideal for revitalizing over-treated, damaged or colored hair.

Aunt Jackie’s Curl Spell Almond Milk & Shea Butter Moisture Masque

Aunt Jackie’s invigorating blend of mint and aloe is a penetrating, soothing treatment for dry scalps. Macadamia, jojoba and mongongo oils are known for their mega-hydration and nourishment for both hair and scalp. This buttery nourishing mask with protein from hydrolyzed wheat and quinoa is suitable for all hair types and textures.

Curls Bamboo Protein Treatment

This treatment thickens and strengthens hair naturally. It also gently cleanses and cares for the scalp. Cucumber juice keeps the hair soft and shiny. Green tea retains moisture in the hair. Bamboo extract is a rich source of silica, which strengthens the hair. It also causes the hair to thicken from root to tip. When hair is brittle, weak or damaged due to coloring, this is highly recommended.

Novex My Curls Movie Star Deep Hair Mask

With My Curls Movie Star Deep Hair Mask from Novex, you will give your curls deep hydration and a beautiful shine. The hair mask is enriched with pure oils and is free of sulfates, parabens and silicones!

Curls Poppin Pineapple Collection Curl Mask

This mask is a gentle moisturizing mask and takes care of curly hair and scalp. Result: Effortlessly frizz-free curls. The Poppin Pineapple Collection provides beautiful, soft and shiny ‘poppin curls’.

Giovanni Nutrafix Reconstructor

The Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor gives extremely damaged hair deep protection and hydration and restores the hair. This reconstructor addresses damage caused by chemicals and heat tools among others with nourishing protein and gives the hair new energy!  Fragile, weak and dull hair is repaired and will regain its natural shine. In addition, the thickness and volume of the hair promoted.

What does protein for my curls?

Protein is one of the most important building blocks of your hair. Hair is made up of protein and moisture, and the balance between them determines the elasticity of your hair. About 95% consists of protein, which makes hair strong and healthy. It ensures the growth of hair and determines the elasticity of your hair. Elasticity gives an indication of the health of your curls. It is the ability of the hair to stretch and return to its original shape. As a curly person, it is very important that your hair has the right elasticity so that your curl springs back when you pull it.

If your hair loses protein, a protein deficiency can occur. You can recognize this by hair that feels sticky, does not spring back when pulled, and/or does not retain moisture. Your curls are limp and stringy. You probably get the urge to use more conditioner, but this usually doesn’t solve the problem. In fact, it often makes it worse. That’s probably because you’re further unbalancing the protein-hydration imbalance. For strong, healthy hair, protein and moisture must be in balance. Compare it to a balanced diet.

Have you determined that your hair is lacking protein and therefore overloaded with hydration? If so, your best bet for treatment is to focus on adding protein to your hair and less on hydration.

Tips for effective treatment

To treat hair with a protein deficiency, use hair products with protein. Wheat, silk, oats, quinoa and some seeds like flaxseed are examples of natural and Curly Girl-proof proteins. The proteins penetrate your hair and refill the cracks that have been created as a result of, for example, over-treatment with the wrong products or styling tools. Your hair will start shining again and feel more resilient.

You can also do regular protein treatments. How often is best depends on your curl and hair type. If you know this about yourself, you know what your hair needs. How often you should treat your hair with protein differs from person to person. We recommend starting with a monthly protein treatment. You will find out by yourself if you need to do this more or less often.

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Masks with protein for curly hair

Protein treatments for curly hair come in different sizes and shapes, which means that some have a more intense effect on your hair than others. Curly, frizzy and wavy hair needs a perfect balance of oils, nutrients, moisture and proteins. Proteins are large molecules made up of amino acids that our bodies and cells need to function properly. Keratin, which makes up hair, is a strong protein that can break down due to exposure to the sun, wind, pollutants, heat treatment and chemical treatments such as dyeing and relaxing. Using protein helps to temporarily repair the locks of hair.

The best proteins are hydrolyzed proteins, they are broken down into small molecules that can penetrate deep into your hair. If you are in the habit of reading the ingredients of hair products – which we definitely recommend as a Curly Girl – you will find plant and animal proteins, such as wheat, soy, collagen, amino acids, keratin or silk protein, which may or may not be hydrolyzed.

Do you have any other questions about hair masks with protein? Let us know on Instagram, we’d love to help! 

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