No matter your hair type, all hair needs protein and moisture balance. The protein is called keratin, and we tend to see breakage whenever that delicate balance is off-kilter. Like anything in life, you can’t have too much of one without affecting the other, and our hair needs protein, moisture, and nutrients to stay healthy and look great.

So many obstacles are in the way of healthy hair, like pollutants, dirt, harsh chemicals, and even hard water. Keeping that balance in check needs assistance, and many naturals are quick to add moisture but rather hesitant to add protein. Protein is necessary for a healthy hair regimen to undo the damaging routines and products we’ve inflicted on our tresses. Finding the proper protein treatment depends on your hair’s needs and maintenance, so we’ve brought 20 great protein-enriched products to help your strands stay strong and damage-free.

Top 20 Protein-Rich Products

top 20 protein rich products

AG Hair Recoil Activator

This is a rich curl cream with herbal extracts and natural corn starch as well as magnesium sulfate, silk and keratin protein, and panthenol. It’s earned the coveted 5-curl rating from NaturallyCurly’s team of experts and is guaranteed to bring your curls to life in a way you haven’t experienced before with fantastic definition.

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Softening Conditioner

Tame, nourish, and deep condition frizzy, hard-to-manage, dehydrated, brittle natural curls, coils, and waves with natural extracts and proteins. Gentle humectants moisturize and hydrate. It’s an excellent restorative treatment for any type or texture, including natural, colored, relaxed, and texturized hair.

Aphogee Curlific! Texture Treatment

Wavy, Curly, or Coily hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair due to structure and styling resistance. This treatment restores elasticity and life to damaged, textured hair and helps eliminate hair loss due to breaks and splits.

Aphogee Hair Strengthening Kit

This kit is a convenient way to help stop hair breakage for weeks and to prepare hair for any chemical service. This two-part system strengthens with protein and then softens with moisturizers and emollients. It’s effective on even the most damaged hair, works in minutes, and lasts through multiple shampoos. Depending on hair type and care regimen benefits last 2-3 weeks per application.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Deep Conditioning Mask

Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E, and biotin. This unique targeted ingredient complex helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.

Curlisto Stuctura Lotion

This hair lotion promotes manageability and body without stiffness and contains proteins to improve strength and pliability. It is recommended as a styling aid for hair that needs extra body, definition, and texture.

Curl Keeper Silk Conditioner (Formerly Curly Hair Solutions Silk Protein Deep Moisturizing Treatment)

Curl Keeper Silk Conditioner is a moisturizing daily conditioner with Silk Amino Acids to strengthen hair. Use daily to help your color last longer and keep your hair moisturized.

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Treatment

Give your hair the moisture it deserves with this moisturizing deep treatment conditioner. Let your hair drink in a wonderfully rich cocktail of aloe, herbs, healing butter, and oils to rejuvenate and restore your precious curls!

DevaCurl Intense Moisture Treatment

DevaCurl Heaven In Hair is an intense moisture treatment for all curl types. Try this one out if you hair seems really dry and needs a little extra TLC. Hands down, one of my faves for my long wash days when I need to deep condition.

DevaCurl One Condition Delight

This do it all product gives the perfect amount of hydration, while also touting a super light and moisturizing formula. Made with rice proteins, lotus flower and a chia-flaxseed blend, it fights frizz, detangles, and sets you up for a defined, wavy look that lasts.

Elucence Extended Moisture Treatment

Elucence Extended Moisture Repair Treatment infuses a surge of moisture to the inner structure of the hair, fortifying weak, damaged follicles and improving elasticity and strength, leaving hair full of body and shine and helping to repair damaged ends with wheat proteins and plant polysaccharides.

Especially Hair Deep Treatment

Looking for a more straightforward solution for conditioning your hair? Try this multi-purpose deep treatment that may be a leave-in conditioner or rinse-out masque. It is ideal for all curl types, especially Types 3 and 4; it has a light citrusy scent and a honey yogurt-like consistency.

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Restoring Oil Treatment

Deeply hydrate, nourish, enhance shine, and smooth split ends with our silicone-free 5-oil blend. It absorbs quickly and smoothes rough cuticles for shinier, frizz-free hair, all thanks to its infusion of Argan, Marula, Avocado, Coconut, and Macadamia oils for strengthening, hair repair, and increased elasticity.

Genedor Beauty Superfruit Antioxidant Shampoo

Cleanse hair gently and effectively using this sulfate-free shampoo, featuring a nourishing blend of honey, proteins, goji, acai, mulberry, pomegranate, tea flower, and coffee seed extracts that penetrate the strands resulting in hair that is anti-aged, moisturized, strong, and shiny.

Honey Baby Naturals Sweet Softening Conditioner

This hair-softening conditioner utilizes a unique blend of milk Protein and honey to leave hair ultra-soft, strong, and manageable. Milk protein works to strengthen hair and help prevent breakage during combing, while the gentle formula hydrates each hair strand & binds in moisture to help maintain healthy soft hair.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Conditioner

If you have locs, this one is for you. This formula provides a firm hold and soft finish for re-twisting locs without flaking and causing build-up of traditional gels.

Coconut Restore Keratin Intensive Masque

This Repair Masque is enriched with extra virgin coconut oil and keratin to renew, rebuild & protect your hair from root to tip. The formula restores hair’s natural elasticity, helping to repair hair damage and helping seal cuticles and split ends.

OGX Anti-Breakage Weightless Healing Oil

The best defense against harsh elements and daily styling is inner strength. Rich, fortifying oil infused with keratin proteins and argan oil helps hair resist breakage while conditioning your strands and adding that extra shine.

Tropic Isle Protein Hair Conditioner

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a great oil that will penetrate beneath the scalp to produce healthy hair follicles and increase hair growth and thickness. Try out all of the different scents they have, including Eucalyptus and lavender!

Sabrina Perkins

Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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