Finding The Perfect Protein-Moisture Balance For Wavy Hair

When it comes to wavy hair, striking the right balance between protein and moisture is key to achieving those effortless waves.

In this article, we will explore the importance of protein and moisture, how to identify imbalances, and provide solutions to achieving optimal hair health.

why your hair needs protein and moisture

Wavy hair has its own set of characteristics that differentiate it from other hair types. It tends to be finer than curly hair and thus more prone to frizz.

This is where protein and moisture come into play. Protein helps strengthen the hair shaft, providing structure and strength. While moisture ensures that the hair retains its elasticity and suppleness.

identifying protein and moisture imbalances

Determining whether your wavy hair needs more protein or moisture can be a bit of a challenge. It requires observing your hair's behaviour and paying attention to its specific needs.

Healthy balanced hair stretches slightly before returning to its original length without breaking. The wave shape and style last longer. There’s little or no breakages.

Read below to discover if your hair needs more protein or moisture.

Too Much Protein

  • Hair is breaking and snaps very easily
  • Feels rough, brittle, straw like or tough
  • Stretches very little or not at all - just snaps
  • Hair breaks easily whether wet or dry


1. Clarify your hair to remove any product/protein build up.
2. Use a hydrating mask to moisturise your waves. This will bring back your hair’s elasticity. The Merwave Deep Conditioning Mask is perfect for this.
3. Seal in your hair’s moisture using an oil.
4. Avoid protein treatments until hair is more balanced.

Too Much Moisture

  • Hair is very elastic – it stretches and stretches
  • Hair breaks, yet always stretches first before breaking
  • Feels soft, limp or ‘mushy’ especially when wet
  • Hair doesn’t hold its wave pattern


Start using a protein product such as the Merwave Feed Treatment. This contains hydrolysed wheat protein which adds strength and structure.

You want your hair to stretch slightly, before returning to its original length. If you keep stretching it, it should eventually break.


Achieving and maintaining the protein-moisture balance in wavy hair requires consistent care. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:

1. Regularly assess your hair's needs and adjust your routine accordingly.

2. Limit heat styling and protect your hair from excessive heat.

3. Use gentle, sulphate-free shampoos and lukewarm water to prevent drying out the hair.

4. Embrace the benefits of regular trims to remove split ends and maintain healthy hair.

5. Avoid over-brushing or over-manipulating your waves to prevent breakage


Caring for wavy hair involves finding the delicate balance between protein and moisture. By understanding your hair's specific needs and implementing a tailored routine, you can maintain healthy, luscious waves.

Remember to listen to your hair, observe its behaviour, and make adjustments accordingly. With the right care and attention, you can achieve stunning, envy-worthy waves that beautifully complement your unique style.


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