Wash Day Updates | My First Real Protein Treatment

Monday night for my hair went down like this:
  1. Pre-pooed with Trader Joe's Tea Tingle Conditioner + Coconut Oil (for 20 minutes)
  2. Shampooed with Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Advanced Keratin Repair Shampoo (something I got for free with a coupon awhile back. Since my Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo does not contain any sulfates, I just used this Pantene product instead to really get my hair clean. Need to find a good clarifier shampoo...suggestions?)
  3. Towel dried hair to absorb extra moisture
  4. Applied Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor for 4 minutes underneath a plastic bag (smelled a little like a very mild relaxer as time passed...not sure my senses were getting the best of me as I was very tired by this point) 
  5. Rinsed hair with warm water and deep conditioned for 30 minutes with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque (covered under a plastic bag)
  6. Rinsed hair, towel dried hair for 5 minutes (I was extremely tired by this point)
  7. Sectioned hair into five sections for banding
  8. LOC hair with water, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, and Shea Butter
  9. Pinned the banded sections close to scalp and tied hair up
  10. Went to bed :-)
So after my post explaining my quest to understand the concept of protein/moisture balance, I took the dive and did my first protein treatment ever since starting my healthy hair journey. Now that I think about it, I do remember YEARS ago purchasing some kind of hair mayonaise. I tried it once, and it made my hair feel not so soft. Therefore, I ditched it. Clearly, I was unaware back then that it was actually a protein treatment that was to be followed by a moisturizing DC. Other than that instance, I do not recall any other experiences with protein treatments.

I will admit that I did not know what to expect from the treatment other than the fact that my hair could end up hard and brittle. From my experience with my hair texture, I basically know how it feels when it is either dry or super moist (which I thought was the desired feel and end goal). However, after I applied and rinsed away the protein treatment from my hair, I realized what I considered all these years to be well moisturized hair was actually mushy, over moisturized, limp hair ( = moisture overload).

This light protein treatment blew my mind. Despite the fact I felt like the 1 application (2 come per packet) was not enough for the amount of hair on my head, I am still pleased with how my hair felt after the treatment. My hair was stronger and smoother instead of limpy and mushy soft (what I thought was normal). I did the strand test on a wet shed hair, and my hair did not snap easily and had strength. I was able to stretch it, and it coiled right back into place. Oh, and did I mentioned my hair was smooth?!! #ahmazing

As I detangled my hair, I noticed way less hairs on my denman brush and in the hair stopper. To my surprise, detangling was much better than I anticipated. When I banded each section, I saw how shiny my hair was. I am really pleased with my first protein treatment and definitely will incorporate it into my regimen. For now, I will do it once a month after shampooing my hair. If that is not enough after trying it monthly for a few months, I will bump it up to twice a month. I do have another protein treatment I bought from the beauty store so I will try that one next month. I will hold off on the stronger Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment. I watched YouTube videos of naturals using that stuff, and it seems like serious business. I do not believe I need that level of protein in my hair at this time.

So to conclude, this wash day was revelating and a success! My hair will be under wraps (a wig) so manipulation will be very low as usual until the next wash day next week. On a side note, I am noticing SOOOO many gray hairs popping all over my head. I have convinced myself to just let them be...I admire women who embrace the gray. But my convictions may change someday down the line especially when I  wear my hair out more. Eh, just taking this journey day by day.

Final side note: I love my natural heart shape. It shows the many different textures of my hair: tight and coily in the back, loose and unruly at the top. The top just can't wait to grow out and flop over. :-)

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving holiday! Share your wash day experience here:

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