Summer hairstyle favorites

Hair Protein: 7 Questions Answered

There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to hair protein. We’re happy to see you’re reading labels and asking us many questions. Here are 7 of the most common questions we receive on protein and the hair.

1. What is the difference between plant and animal proteins?

As we are a cruelty-free hair care line, we choose plant-based hair protein over animal protein. Like hydrolyzed rice and quinoa, these proteins are nourishing, replenishing, and lightweight. The animal proteins in hair care products you may have used in the past are heavy and fatty and often weigh hair down.

2. Which plant-based hair protein do you use?

We use hydrolyzed rice and quinoa in our clean hair care formulas, as we think they are the most effective plant-based hair proteins. These proteins don’t contain salts or synthetics, so they’re nourishing and replenishing without the side effects of overuse.

3. How do I know if my hair needs more protein?

Protein helps strengthen the hair, so protein deficiency usually shows up as dull, dry, limp hair, extra shedding, hair breakage, or body loss and bounce. As hair protein is essential to hair strength, they may help protect strands from heat damage, so protein is ideal for preparing the hair for thermal exposure. That’s why we’ve included rice proteins in Hair Love Prep Spray.

4. How do I know if my hair has had too much protein exposure?

If you’re using too many protein-rich products, your hair may become dry, brittle or hardened. If you experience this, give yourself a break and swap in a non-protein product as an intermediary in your clean hair care routine.

5. How is protein misunderstood?

There is a vast difference between natural, plant-based protein and synthetic protein and how they affect the hair. Many everyday hair care products contain synthetic ceramide-based protein heavy in salts, which bind the protein to the hair shaft. When overused, they can be counterproductive, resulting in a dry, brittle hair shaft and hair breakage. This is what the phrase “over proteinized” means.

Our clean hair care is formulated with zero synthetics and only plant-based hair protein free of salts, so they’re nourishing and replenishing without the side effects of overuse.

6. Which Innersense Organic Beauty products have the most protein?

All of our clean hair care shampoos and conditioners utilize plant-based proteins.

7. How do clean ingredients replenish and restore hair that has had too much protein?

Our protein rich, clean hair care products return natural hydrating and nutrition back to the hair, reviving bounce and body in brittle, dry, over proteinized hair.

Protein is a Building Block of Clean, Pure Beautiful Hair

We hope you feel better versed on hair protein! If you have any more questions about plant-based protein and how we utilize them in our clean shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products, please ask us below! And for a deep dive on protein rich quinoa and why we love it in our award-winning hair care products, this conversation between Coveteur and our founder, Greg Starkman, is a must. See our protein rich clean hair favorites, below!

Try These Protein Rich Clean Hair Care Favorites

This color safe duo cleanses and conditions dry, coarse, thirsty hair with shea butter, avocado, monoi and tamanu oils, rice, quinoa and flax seed. It’s a curly hair favorite and ideal for bumping up hydration whenever your hair feels dry or overworked.

Ideal for all hair types and textures, this luxurious treatment mask repairs and revitalizes dry, coarse, damaged strands with shea butter, tamanu and coconut oils, flax seed and quinoa for the ultimate restorative hydration.

Hydrate and define curls, eliminate frizz and smooth textured hair with our styling cream crafted with a perfect blend of Certified Organic shea butter, rooibos tea, honey extract and rice bran oil. A bouquet of Certified Organic orange flower oil and frangipani creates a sense of peace and balance.


  • Laura says:

    Do any of your customers with very fine low density hair use the hydrating cream hair bath and conditioner? I found the pure line incredibly drying to my hair. The color radiance line made my hair incredibly frizzy. I have really struggled with your products, which has been very disappointing because I love that they are so green and vegan!

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Hi Laura! Thank you so much for reaching out with this comment and all of your questions. Our in house professional stylist Marci will be reaching out to help you achieve your ultimate hair goals and answer all of your product questions. We are sad to hear you have struggled with our products and we hope that can change once you speak with Marci and get some more information regarding the products you are using for your hair type. Sending you lots of hair love!

  • Sahayra Tafolla says:

    I love the products! I use the HYDRATING CREAM HAIRBATH, HYDRATING CREAM CONDITIONER. To style my hair I use the QUIET CALM CURL CONTROL and let me tell you these products have brought my curls back. I always receive complements on my hair and girls with curly/wavy hair always ask what I use on my hair. I have introduced the product to a lot of people and advise them to give it a try, the results will show. I’m not a professional stylist but I would love to go to a salon to learn how to use them and gain more benefits from using these products.

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Hi Sahayra! Thank you so much for your comment, and your mission to spread the hair love! We are so happy that you are loving Innersense, and spreading the word to those around you! If you would like to hear more information from some of our educators, head over to our YouTube and check out our wide variety of videos on different applications and knowledge tips. You can also find a salon near you that uses Innersense, and talk to our amazing hairstylists who would be more than happy to give you a hand! Sending you lots of happy healthy hair love!

  • KMM says:

    hello. I have natural fine, thin, low density hair. So much protein makes my hair frizzy, dry wet frizz. I love the smell. Do you have any protein free conditioner? I have the hydrating hair bath, the curl cream, the daily radiance conditioner and LOVE the smell the feel but I get protein overload and my hair feels and looks awful. Is there a protein free conditioner? Please consider this your line is amazing but I can’t use shampoo, conditioner and styler all with heavy protein.

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Hi there! All of our products contain natural proteins and ingredients that are nutrient rich at some level. We use rice bran oil, rice amino acids, and quinoa as our primary protein sources. These light, plant based proteins provide benefits for hydrated healthy hair! For our lightest hairbath and conditioner set, check out our Pure Harmony Hairbath and Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner! Sending you lots of happy healthy hair love!

  • Pragati Dudi says:

    I have low porosity hair and am looking to adopt a clean hair care regimen that is also without protein. Do you have such products?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Love Stories Continue:


How To Care For Your Winter Hair

7 Insider Tips for Healthy, Sexy Summer Hair