In order for our hair to be healthy, we need to have a balance between moisture and protein. Our hair is made of a hard protein called keratin and even though protein is the backbone of hair, too much of it can make the hair feel brittle. 

If you are moisturizing your hair often then it is important to check the ingredients - does your moisturizer contain protein?

If it does, depending on how frequently you moisturize your hair, you may be giving your hair too much protein. If you moisturize daily with a moisturizer that contains proteins and you find that your hair is feeling brittle and dry, then you may want to decrease your use of that moisturizer and opt for a protein-free daily moisturizer instead. Here are 8 protein-free moisturizers that are popular in the curly community.

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion 

The Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion is formulated with a lot of things but protein is not one of them. A little goes a long way with this hair moisturizer that is formulated with slippery elm and sunflower seed oil that nourish, add shine, and detangle in one fell swoop.

As I Am Moisture Milk Daily Hair Revitalizer 

Slept on curls bounce back with a vengeance with the water, beet root, soybean oil, and sweet almond oil in this daily hair revitalizer by As I Am. Fight the frizz and add glammed shine and moisture to manage any bad hair day with this amazing hydrating hair moisturizer.

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk 

Camille Rose allows your hair to drink in milky moisture without protein, sulfates, silicones, and parabens. This hair milk does a hair body good! Get bouncy, frizz-free coils and curls in this lightweight nature-infused goodness.

EverButter Buttermint Smoothie Moisturizing Crème 

Go for the moisture boost with EverButter Buttermint Smoothie that has raw shea butter, raw mango butter, coconut oil, and glycerin. Quench your hair’s thirst with this hair and body moisturizing crème. Get a proper moisture balance without proteins. 

Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip 

Darcy’s luscious moisturizing cream will work wonders on your strands for adding moisture with the water, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and ucuuba butter. This is great for your entire body, as it revitalizes your skin and adds shine and softness to your hair.

Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream 

Shea butter, aloe vera gel, argan oil, and allantoin make this hydrating hair cream super-duper. Gain intense moisture from this hair cream that will also nourish your scalp. Scented with that famously loved Lavender Vanilla Karen’s Body Beautiful fragrance is known for.

Oyin Handmade Greg Juice 

The oil-free and herbal-infused Oyin Greg Juice will leave your hair feeling like a champ. Shavegrass leaf, lavender buds, nettle leaf, and chamomile flower to moisturize, detangle, and refresh dry, thirsty hair. Perfect for a daily pick-me-up without weighing your hair down.

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk 

Tame frizzy hair with water, coconut butter, glycerin, and EVOO from the MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk. Your hair will be smoother, hydrated, and shine all without an oily residue.

If you have protein in your daily moisturizer and your hair feels perfectly healthy, then by all means continue using it. But if you're not happy with the brittle look and feel of your curls, then the ingredients label of your moisturizer is one useful place to look.

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