I get smoother, more defined curls that look like I put a texturizer in it, but they're much stronger and there is not breakage when I do PT treatments. I do mild PTs every week (I could probably do Aphogee every 3-4 weeks with no trouble) because my hair naturally craves protein. I don't have a relaxer anymore or any damage, but what a sodium hydroxide relaxer does is break the disulfide bonds in your hair (basically the bonds that hold the protein/keratin bonds together), permanently changing those bonds to give you straighter hair. This is how relaxers cause damage, the protein bonds are weakened from the change in the disulfide bonds, if you do not do something else to keep those protein bonds (which give your hair strength, body etc) then they will break off or you'll have excessive shedding otherwise known as "my hair coming out". Doing PT treatments are the BEST thing for keeping relaxed hair healthy, since you are in effect adding protein into your hair strands, making them stronger, filling in the weakened parts. I am not surprised that your hair reacted that way, now just be careful to observe to see how much protein you actually need. It may have needed so much simply because it was that damaged and desperately needed several shots of protein, now that you've "fed" it...you may find you need less protein less often, that whole every 6 weeks thing. If that's not the case, ie you leave off the protein for 2 weeks and after that your hair seems to start shedding more again, then you probably need to do a treatment every 2 weeks or you should try using a mild potein-based conditioner at least once a week to stretch the PT effect. Definitely do a PT before any chemical services, it will boost your hair's ability to take the relaxer without so much damage. You might want to follow it up with a deep condition too because some say they experience dryness after a PT. I don't have that problem, my hair just perks up all happy like after a good PT, no dryness in sight.
I'm so glad you're liking your hair! Good luck!
Hair type: the back and sides have small spiraly curls, the top and front just wave like, "hi! how ya doin?"
Condish: ElucenceMBC, HEHH, my kitchen mixes
Moisturizer: mixed spritz of: H20, aloe vera juice, honey, EVCO, ElucenceMBC
Curl Definer: H20 & a shake, my moisturizer mix.... or aloe vera/flax seed/ic fantsia gel if I'm not being lazy.
Styles: wash-n-go, twists just curl up like my wash-n-go
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