Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Quick Tip Tuesdays: Protein For Your Ends

If you're struggling with small, translucent and barely noticeable broken strands, you may be dealing with a hint of moisture overload which means your hair needs PROTEIN.

But maybe you don't feel like adding the whole step of applying a protein treatment and letting it sit for 20 minutes or so and having to rinse it out to then proceed with deep conditioning and the rest of wash day.

I can see why you'd skip on it.

But don't!

An easy way to incorporate protein back into your hair is to simply apply a protein-based conditioner to your ends while you moisturize your hair.

Since middle of the hair shaft and upwards is newer, it means this part of your hair has the most strength and therefore, the most protein. The ends of your hair get weaker and become more fragile, especially the longer the hair gets and then it starts to enter into new battles, such as being squished between your back and a chair or being slammed in a car door or yanked all everywhere by unpredictable weather and other natural (or mechanical) elements.

Your ends are as tired as you are after a full day's work.

So nourish them and make sure to keep them strong and healthy by applying a quick dab of a protein conditioner to your ends and then continue to moisturize and seal your hair as normal.

When I am applying protein conditioner to my ends, I do so in this manner...

  1. Mist hair with a water mix (for me, it's usually aloe vera juice)
  2. Apply my protein conditioner (I choose Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner) to the middle of my hair strands and downward.
  3. Then I coat all of my hair with my preferred moisturizer of choice
  4. Then I seal in the moisture with my preferred sealant of choice
  5. Twist / Braid / Bun as desired

No need to rinse. No need to wait 20 minutes or an hour and having to sit under a hooded dryer. Just GO!

Protein conditioners (or products) are pretty much any product that claims to repair damaged hair, strengthen hair follices or anything of the like (such as Aphogee). Do your research and do trial and error to see what your hair responds to.

But until next time,

♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥

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