Gotta Get Your Protein (Treatment) In!

Confession: I’m a lazy girl when it comes to my hair. I have not done a protein treatment since 2011 (insert gasp here).

What can I say, I’ve just been focusing on keeping/ maintaining moisture in my hair. I deep condition once a week and I’ve noticed a tremendous change in the health of my hair! However lately I’ve also noticed a lot of shedding/ breakage. I have a length goal this year that i’m determined to meet, so this breakage has got to stop!

I did some research, (check out my Pinterest board here) and in addition to all the low manipulation techniques that i’m already doing, I discovered that I should be doing protein treatments every 6-8 weeks!

Why I haven’t done a protein treatment since 2011:

Messy- I did an at home treatment that required eggs, …some other stuff I don’t remember (obviously cause it was 5 years ago) but I do remember making a mess and dry yolk on my face. Not cute.

Hard hair- Sooo now that I’ve done some research I know that I probably over did the treatment, but it left my hair feeling hard and brittle for about a week.

No real results- Of course I wanted immediate results, stronger hair in a snap. Didn’t happen, but even after doing it a second time… I just didn’t see a difference.

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First and Last time I do “duck lips”

Back to the protein treatment “ah-ha” moment. after looking through Amazon for the “best protein treatment for thick natural hair”. The one with the best reviews was this Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment. it came with a “Balancing Moisturizer” as well.

The process was pretty simple; wash with shampoo, put in the treatment, sit under the dryer till it stiffens… my hair was hard as a rock once dry ya’ll, wash out the treatment, condition with provided moisturizer, and voilà. 

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My face after feeling how hard my hair was under the dryer…also is this a variation of  aforementioned duck lips? 

I will say I added more of my own conditioner in with the one provided so I could finger comb my hair. But other than that MUCH better experience than my 1st try. Not messy, and not all day. As far as results, no real difference yet as I immediately put my hair in a protective style. But I will continue using this product and can hopefully come back in a few months with some good feedback.

Any tips or experiences with protein treatments? leave em’ in the comments!

Stay Curly,

Lloryn

P.S. I was drinking a Trinity Oaks, Pinot Noir while doing this treatment 🙂 follow me on Instagram to see my thoughts about it!