My hair has been fully natural now for about two and a half months. Since I did the big chop I have been doing moisture based deep conditions once a week. I do not have a benchmark against which to judge whether my hair is doing great or not. However, what I know is that my curls are not clumping the way I would want them to without product in my hair. See exhibit A below- very frizzy.
Based on this observation and a little research I have decided to incorporate a protein deep conditioner into my routine. I know there are other things like Clay and Henna that might be able to remedy this issue but I need to do some more research before I start reaching for those Ayurvedic products. Plus I have prior experience using protein while on my relaxed hair journey so I inherently felt comfortable giving protein a try before anything else.
In picking a protein treatment I decided to forego my all time favourite ORS Hair Mayonnaise to go with something I always wanted to try but never did: the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment.
I cleansed my hair as usual with the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine shampoo. Then I did what I think is the most important step when using this treatment; I detangled with the help of my delicious smelling VO5 Herbal Escapes conditioner. You can use whatever detangler you choose but by any means necessary make sure your hair is fully detangled before you apply the product to your hair.
To ensure manageability and ease I divide my tangle free hair into 4 sections using clips. Then I proceeded to apply the treatment to each section.
The instructions are to comb the product through for even distribution. My advice is to comb it through but with your fingers. It has no slip so trying to use a comb might do more damage than good. Even with your fingers ensure to be gentle to avoid potential damage.
Once the product is fully applied the next step is to either blow dry or sit under a hooded dryer until the product hardens. Do not touch your hair during this process.
Once the product has hardened it’s time to rinse out. Make sure the products softens under running water before touching your hair. Once the treatment has been thoroughly rinsed I proceeded to apply step two of the treatment.
Step two of the treatment is the balancing moisturiser. It is meant to restore any moisture and get rid of hardness that might occur as a result of the protein treatment as well as balance the Ph of the hair. I applied it in the same four sections as step 1, combed through and left it on my hair for two minutes per instructions.
I then proceeded to deep condition with a moisture based deep conditioner and finished my wash day as usual. Make sure to always follow a protein treatment with moisture.
My hair felt the softest it has ever felt since I’ve been natural! It is as if the protein gave my hair the ability to absorb even more moisture. My curls looked way more pronounced, springy and alive than usual-evidenced below.
The Take Away
I will be incorporating protein treatments into my regimen from now on. The results of this treatment gave me a positive reassurance that protein can improve the overall condition of my hair in the short-term. Longterm, protein will protect my hair from potential damage that comes with styling a’s well as aging.
Based on this first experience I would wholeheartedly recommend that you incorporate protein treatments into your natural hair regimen. You don’t have to have damaged hair to use protein. What’s more…if your hair becomes damaged before you decide to reach for the protein it might be too late anyway.
This is how my hair turned out after completing my wash day and styling in a quick wash and go
Do you use protein on your natural hair? Why do you or don’t you? What is your experience? Let me know in the comments! See you next post.