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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How to Maintain Healthy Natural Hair Without Overspending

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The most frequent question I get is “What do you use in your natural hair?” So obviously people are on a quest to find products that are going to have their hair looking it’s best. Today I am going to give you a guide for how to find these products without breaking the bank.

I recently did a more condensed version of this on my YouTube Channel. You may watch it now if you’re strapped for time or you prefer your advice in video form.  In this post I will be sticking to the five tips points I mentioned in the video but I will be expounding upon them a lot more.

Tip No. 1

Research

In order to be successful at anything you have to do some research. Lack of information is going to have you making stupid decision’s that are going to leave you frustrated and stagnant. To ensure that you don’t overspend on products, buy products that don’t work or products that have inferior ingredients ( all things that might have you throwing your money down the drain) you first have to do some research.

Start with finding out what a typical successful natural hair regimen looks like. Watch tutorials and read blog posts of other naturals and identify potential products that might work for you. Once you’ve identified the products you will need research the products to ensure that they do not have ingredients that might not be beneficial to your hair or scalp examples are mineral oils  and petroleum. Doing this research will ensure that you don’t go out and randomly buy products that have no real purpose in your regimen or that you might end up throwing out because of bad ingredients or because they simply do not work.

Some Youtube channels that I find helpful in creating a regimen are Traycee SimmonsJourney to Waist LengtheVaniwithaV , and Viv Hair Therapy

Tip No.2

Create a Plan and Stick to It
Once you have done all your research you should have a basic idea of what your regimen will consist of. Namely, cleansing, conditioning, moisturising and sealing and styling. You therefore need to find a product to fulfil each step in your regimen. There is no need to have 3,4,5 different products that do the same thing. If you do you are wasting money that you could save or use for something else.

Tip No. 3

Do Some DIYs
In cases where you purchase a product that doesn’t work as well as you would like it to a simple DIY can help enhance the product.
This will prevent you from throwing away product and your hard-earned money. I sometimes add oil or some aloe vera juice to sub par conditioners to make them more moisturising. I also save my shampoo buy adding some to a colour applicator bottle and diluting with water for easier application to my scalp.

Tip No. 4

Keep it Simple
The simpler you keep your regimen the more money you will save and the healthier your hair will be. Co-washing,  for example is an extra step that some people do to refresh their hair midweek but it’s not absolutely necessary and if you don’t need to do it then don’t. It requires an additional product that you wouldn’t normally need. Another important thing to do is to keep styling as simple and minimalistic as possible. Find the most convenient style for you and stick to it most of the time. For me it’s the wash and go ( you can watch my tutorial for a super defined wash and go here). Trying a lot of styles are going to require a lot of new products especially if you are not a hair expert, plus all that manipulation can cause damage to your hair. So save your coins by finding one or two styles that you love and sticking to them save the extras for special occasions.

Tip No. 5
Find Your Holy Grail products and Stick to Them

Overtime you will identify the products that work for you and those that do not. Stick to the ones you absolutely love and keep trying out replacements for those that don’t. Once you find a product that works for you there is no need to change to something else that you might not like and end up throwing your money away. It’s a good idea to keep a record of how a product works for you so that you can refer to it when deciding whether you should repurchase a product or switch to something new.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Is your natural hair journey causing you to overspend? Do you find these tips helpful?

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