Blonde Hair Care: Does Your Hair Need Protein or Moisture - hair buddha

Blonde Hair Care: Does Your Hair Need Protein or Moisture

Blonde hair care

 

Do blondes really have more fun?

Well, not if their hair is dull, tired and straw-like.

So what’s a blonde got to do?

The easy way out is to douse your hair in tons of synthetic products that promise the world but may leave you disappointed. And not so simple route is to find the best natural ingredients to revive your hair. From chamomile and honey to coconut and rosewater, nature has provided us with pretty amazing conditioners that help to keep the hair light and bright. But just putting some random natural ingredient won’t result in fabulous hair. You got to know when to put what.

What Does Blonde Hair Really Want: Protein or Moisture

If you are fond of your blonde hair you need to understand its two vital needs: moisture and protein. Our hair is made of protein, so adding more protein may seem like the right thing to do. But it’s not. If you use too much protein on hair, it starts to build up, making hair stiffer and drier.

Protein needs to be balanced with moisture. In healthy conditions, our hair has a moisture content of 10 to 12 per cent. A well-moisturised hair feels soft to touch and appears shiny and lustrous. Also, it’s more elastic and flexible, which makes hair more manageable and less prone to breakage.

Yet, how to know when your hair needs moisture or protein?

Well, it’s straightforward. If your hair is soft, limp and over-elastic it means it’s over moisturised. So add more protein to your hair regime. And if it’s dry, brittle and stiff, it needs moisture. Protein gives hair its structure, and moisture gives hair elasticity and softness. And once you are able to decipher what your hair needs, conditioning and caring for your light hair won’t be a grey area.

Got that, Huh? Before we find out what natural conditioners you can use to create your dream hair, there one more thing that needs to be told.

Understanding blonde hair: Did you know that ‘natural blonde’ is a rare breed.

While many people are born with blonde hair, it turns darker with age. And only 2-4 percent world population is naturally blonde. Which means the majority are chemically-treated bleached blonde.

Naturally blonde hair has a finer and softer texture than darker hair. Also, because of the lighter hair colour, it reflects more light as oppose to dark hair which absorbs it. This reflected light makes blonde hair appear shinier. But due to its finer structure, blonde hair can quickly become weak and limp and must be treated with care. It’s often necessary to work on adding volume and thickness to your hair, especially if it’s longer. You can achieve this by conditioning with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, egg and yogurt – all of these enhance texture and body and makes your hair appear fuller.

What about colour-treated blondes?

Close hair cuticles make hair shiny

Whereas natural blonde hair has less colour pigments, chemical-blonde hair is achieved when peroxide or bleach removes the dark coloured pigments, allowing the new colour to replace it. To lighten the core of the hair, the chemicals in the hair dye have to lift up the outer layer (cuticles) of the hair. The more you colour your hair, the weaker and damaged the hair cuticles become. And if the cuticles do not lie flat on the surface of hair, your hair will be dull and lackluster. Also, it will be more porous and less able to retain moisture.

To help bring dry, dull hair back to life, I suggest coconut milk (not oil). An excellent deep conditioner, coconut milk will provide intense hydration for every strand of hair, reduce frizz and leave hair soft, shiny and well-defined.

In the end, it’s all about understanding what your hair wants. And as you figure out when to condition with protein and when to moisturise, looking after your hair becomes a fun game. 

Remember this rule,

Protein overload −> dry, stiff hair −> add moisture

Too much moisturise −> soft, mushy hair −> add protein

Next time we will see which the list of natural conditioners to help keep your goldy locks looking healthy and vibrant.

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Donnetta Daniels says

Can you do an article on how to take care of gray hair?

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