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Protein Hair Conditioners vs. Moisturizing Hair Conditioners: What You Need to Know

If you want to keep your hair healthy, shiny, and manageable, you need to use the right conditioner for your hair type and needs. But with so many products on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Emmett Henley, Education Director and Founder of Vasuda Salon is here to help. In this article, we will explain the differences between protein hair conditioners and moisturizing hair conditioners and how to use them effectively. Schedule a free consultation

What are protein hair conditioners?

Protein strengthens your Hair.
Protein Hair Conditioners at Vasuda Salon

Protein hair conditioners are products that contain hydrolyzed proteins, such as keratin, collagen, silk, soy, or wheat. These proteins can penetrate the hair shaft and bond to the hair cuticle, strengthening and repairing the hair from within. Protein hair conditioners are especially beneficial for damaged, color-treated, or heat-styled hair, as they can help prevent breakage, split ends, and frizz. Protein hair conditioners can also enhance the elasticity, shine, and volume of the hair.

Some examples of protein hair conditioners are: Click the link to see tips, facts, and tutorial videos.


Emmett recommends using a Protein Deep Conditioner only when needed and under the direction of your haircare professional. Also, follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.

What are moisturizing hair conditioners?

Moisture helps hair stay soft and elastic.
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Moisturizing hair conditioners are products that contain humectants, emollients, and oils, such as glycerin, panthenol, shea butter, coconut oil, or argan oil. These ingredients can attract and retain moisture in the hair, hydrating and softening the hair. Moisturizing hair conditioners are ideal for dry, dull, or curly hair, as they can help smooth the hair cuticle, reduce tangles, and add luster and bounce to the hair.

“My grandma would advise: “It's good to be strong, but it’s important to be flexible “. Adding strength to the hair is necessary; however, we also need elasticity. – Emmett Henley

Some examples of moisturizing hair conditioners are: Click the link to see tips, facts, and tutorial videos.



How to use protein hair conditioners and moisturizing hair conditioners?

The frequency and method of using protein hair conditioners and moisturizing hair conditioners depend on your hair type, condition, professional recommendations, and goals. Here are some general tips to follow:

• Use a protein hair conditioner once every 2 to 4 weeks, or as needed, to restore and maintain the strength of your hair. Do not use it too often, as it can cause protein overload, which can make your hair stiff, brittle, and prone to breakage.

• Use a moisturizing hair conditioner every time you wash your hair, or at least once a week, to replenish and lock in your hair's moisture. You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner for extra hydration and daily protection.

• Apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair first, and then work your way up to the mid-lengths. Avoid applying it directly to the scalp unless it is specifically designed for scalp care.

• Comb through your hair with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to distribute the conditioner evenly and detangle your hair gently.

• Leave the conditioner on your hair for the recommended time, usually between 2 to 30 minutes, depending on the product and your hair needs. You can also use a shower cap, a towel, or a hair steamer to enhance the penetration of the conditioner into your hair.

• Rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in the benefits of the conditioner. Do not rinse too thoroughly, as you want to leave some of the conditioner on your hair for extra moisture and shine.

• Consider scheduling a consultation or a Deep Conditioning Treatment with your service at Vasuda Salon. Our professional stylists help you choose the right treatment in the salon and at home.


Protein hair conditioners and moisturizing hair conditioners are both essential for healthy hair, but they serve different purposes. Protein hair conditioners can repair and fortify damaged hair, while moisturizing hair conditioners can hydrate and soften dry hair. By consulting with your professional licensed Hair Stylist choosing the right conditioner for your hair type and needs, and using it correctly, you can achieve the best results for your hair.

Pro Tip: Use a Leave-In Conditioner.

A leave-in conditioner is a product that you apply to your hair after washing it, and do not rinse out. It has many benefits for your hair, such as:

• It moisturizes, detangles, strengthens, and nourishes your hair, making it softer, smoother, and shinier.

• It protects your hair from damage caused by heat, UV rays, pollution, and chemicals34.


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