A hair care expert’s 3 non-negotiable tips for healthy locks

“One of the foundations for healthy, strong hair is making sure you have the right balance of protein and moisture,” says Twine. Finding moisturizers might be easier: just choose your favorite hydrating oil or conditioner. “A lot of people don’t know how to solve the protein part,” she says. “And protein is the building block for creating resilience in your hair, which is the ability to resist breakage from tugging or tugging.”

You can read more about protein hair treatments here, but in general you’ll want to look for products with buzzwords like keratin, biotin, hydrolyzed quinoa, amino acids, bond building, or silk protein. Or, you can create Twine’s favorite DIY rice water rinse: “Growing up, one of the remedies we used at home was a rice water repair treatment. in a spray bottle and spray your hair.” We have another tutorial here, if you want a full guide, or you can harness the power of rice protein with Briogeo. Don’t Despair Repair Rice Water Protein + Fortifying Moisturizer.

Rice water contains antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids (there’s the protein component!), as well as an active ingredient called inositol, which studies show helps fix and mend hair. You just don’t want to overdo it – as Twine mentioned, hair needs a balance protein and moisture. “Too much protein is not a good thing, and too much moisture is not a good thing. Making sure you have the right combination is key,” she says.

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