How To Tell If Your Hair Needs Protein Or Moisture So You Can Choose The Right Product

There are so many hair products out there these days that it’s borderline overwhelming, so it’s important to know what your hair needs in order to determine which one is right for you. You might be noticing a trend between two different types of treatments and find yourself asking: “Does my hair need protein or moisture?” Luckily, you can figure this out easily enough at home, without having to go to the salon and consult a stylist.

Signs Of Protein Deficiency In Your Hair

It’s important to know that protein and moisture treatments deal with two very different issues, but let’s talk protein first. “Hair is a highly complex appendage of the body that is created by many proteins,” Dr. Tara Rao of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC tells Bustle. Anabel Kingsley, Brand President and Consulting Trichologist at Philip Kingsley, elaborates: “Think of amino acids (proteins) as the building blocks of your hair; they give strands strength and structure. Without adequate protein, hair can become brittle and fragile.” Some signs of a protein deficiency can be stringy, limp, or sticky hair. “Lack of protein can result in hair loss, and the growth of weak and brittle strands,” Kingsley says, and board certified dermatologist Nicole Rogers, MD FAAD, Assistant Clinical Professor at Tulane Department of Dermatology and in private practice at Hair Restoration of the South, confirms that hair without enough protein “might break more easily.”