when to protein? I'm confused

Is protein to add moisture/shine or is it to pull away what has built up? I am confused! Since beginning my experiments my hair isn't shiny and is feeling dry so I am looking to moisturize.

TIA
Do you already use products with protein in them? Do you know your hair properties?
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Here are a couple good links on protein.
The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture Balancing for Black Hair Care - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
Protein vs Moisture Pittsburgh Curly

Protein fills in the "holes" in the cuticle of the hair in porous hair. Protein helps shore up the structure of fine hair by adding protein to the hair's cortex. Fine hair is low on protein in the cortex and coarse hair usually has plenty. Protein doesn't add moisture. Some protein treatments contain both moisture and protein. In porous hair, protein can help your hair hang on to moisture by sealing the holes that moisture is escaping out of.
HTH
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
sweet...I think the confusion is beginning to fade. I'm pretty sure I need to protein treat at this point. I don't think I am using any protein products currently. I say, "I don't think" because my eyes are what they used to be and the morning is the worst.

Thanks for the replies!
2a (nc.com), 2a/2bFii (fia), normal porosity

Cowash:TN Radiant Volume
RO TN Moisturizing .
Styling products:AVG, Ecostyler Crystal
Styling Methods: Pixie-style diffusing - total fav
Low-poo: AO Nourishing Lavender

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