Combat Frizz and Get Popping Curls With This Protein Treatment on Your Natural Hair!

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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.

Application

Step 1

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related: My Post Big Chop Wash Day Routine

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.

 

Processing

Step 2

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.

Related: How to Obtain and Maintain Your Hairs Protein/Moisture Balance

The Results

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.

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Curly Hair Products I am Dying To Try

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Ever since I started my transition and especially now that I am completely natural  I can’t stop fantacizing about the styles I want to try, and the products I want to use. I decided to compile a list of the top ten products I want to try. Sort of like a bucket list that I will tick off one by one and see if they are all worth the hype.  You might find this helpful if you are natural and are searching for products to improve the health of your hair. If you are a more experienced natural please feel free let me know if you have already tried any of the products on my list and how they worked for you.

My picks are based on the reviews of some of my favourite Youtubers. These products should work well on Type 4 hair which is my hair type based on what I have observed so far. I have categorised them based on their purposes. So I ended up with five categories which are:

  • Cleansers
  • Deep Conditioners /Masques
  • Detanglers/ Rinse Out Conditioners
  • Leave-in Conditioners/Moisturisers
  • Stylers /Gels

I have included clickable pictures (where I could find links) so that you can view each product in greater detail.

Cleansers

The two Cleansers that I cannot wait to try are-drum-roll please:

  1. Bentonite Clay

I have heard great things about the detoxifying effects of bentonite clay. I’ve seen it work wonders on low porosity hair that is lacking definition. So if you are struggling in the curl definition department try some bentonite clay. I can’t wait to see what it will do for the hair at the crown of my head that hates to clump and loves to frizz.

2. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo


This shampoo seems to be the real deal if you want a gentle cleanse that is not going to strip your hair’s natural oils. It’s great for persons who have sensitive scalp and skin. Lets hope it’s all it’s cracked up to be!



 

Deep Conditoners/ Masques

3. T.G.I.N Honey Miracle Hair Mask

 

Of all the deep conditioners I hear naturals talk about this seems like the one that sets the bar. This wouldn’t be a natural hair products wish list if this wasn’t on it.

4. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

Lets just say this seems to be a strong competitor to the TGIN Honey Miracle hair Mask

Detanglers/Rinse Out Conditioners

5. Aussie Moist Three Minute Miracle

I know…this might not be a strictly “curly hair” products but it does seem to work wonders in softening and detangling natural hair…so sign me up. It comes highly recommended by hair vloggers across the board.

6. Herbal Essences hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner

No matter what type of hair journey you are on you are bound to have heard about this product. It’s a staple in many a hair regimen…begs the question why is it still on my wish list and not in my bathroom cabinet?

 

Leave In Conditioners/ Moisturisers

8. Mixed Chicks Coil, Kink and Curl Style Cream

I love a great moisturiser and so far i am yet to find one that makes me swoon so i am definitely up to try this one after the great things I have heard about it.

7. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk

Well what can I say this is my third Shea Moisture pick…I guess they are doing something right.

Stylers/Gels

I was least interested in this category just because I think that nothing can beat my Ecostyler Olive Oil gel ( check out my defined was and go using it here. However I did manage to find two gels that peaked my interest…so one day I will give them a try.

9. Mixed Chicks Curl Sculptor

10. Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Styling Gel

What curly hair products are on your wish list? Have you tried any of the ones on mine? how do you like them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ecostyler Olive Oil Vs Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels- Which is Better?

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Ecoco the manufacturers of the Ecostyler Gel line has recently added some new Gel formulas to their line of styling gels. These include the Coconut Oil Gel and the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels.

Prior to now the only gel I used was the Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel. As fate would  have it I ran out and went to repurchase but it was out of stock at my local beauty supply store out and my only choice was to pick up the Back Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel and hope it wouldn’t disappoint.

During my relaxed hair days the Olive Oil Gel worked great for slicking down my edges and keeping updos in place. After my big chop it worked fantastically for my wash and gos and I swore I would never use another gel.  Obviously that didn’t happen and so here I am doing this product comparison.

MANUFACTURER PROMISES

Olive oil Gel:

1. For all hair types

2. Moisturises Hair and Scalp,Tames Frizz

3. No Flake, no tack, anti-itch

4. UV Protection

Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel:

1. Promotes Hair growth

2. Shines, nourishes, repairs & grows

3. No flake, no tack, anti-itch

Many of the properties claimed by the manufacturer such as the UV protection, anti-itch and hair growth are difficult to test and or prove (or disprove). I am therefore going to focus on the properties that I expect to get from a gel. It should be noted that both gels are alcohol free which is one of the properties that makes Ecostyler Gels so great for natural hair. It won’t dry your hair out…if you are otherwise taking good  care of your hair.

Texture and Appearance

Both gels have a thick gel-like consistency. I couldn’t tell the difference just scooping them out of the jar.

Olive Oil Gel

 

 

The Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel has a sparkly look almost like fine gold shimmer has been sprinkled throughout which I thought was very interesting.

Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel

The difference in texture though is seen when the gels are applied to the hair. The Olive Oil gel maintain’s it thick tacky consistency when applied to the hair- not in a bad way though. On the other hand the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel becomes a little more watery once it is applied to the hair.

HOLD

Based on how each gel felt when it was applied to the hair I could tell that the Olive Oil Gel would have a stronger hold than the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil gel and that is exactly what happened. The Olive Oil Gel dries to a crunchy stiff hold and leave every single one of my curls defined.

Wash and Go done with Olive Oil Gel

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