How many Protein Treatments based on hair texture!

Proteins come in different severity- Some proteins are very light, such as oats, soy, coconut oil, and so on, and these are usually in rinse-out conditioners. This is great for especially finer curlies. However, when it comes to the actual PT (Protein Treatment), especially the strong ones like the famous ApHogee Two Step Protein Treatment, you're wondering, "When am I due for a PT?"

I strongly think every curly needs a PT from time to time. You just have to be careful when you do it based upon your hair texture. Even coarse curlies have used proteins before with success. Moisture is great for curls, but too much of it may also not be so good after a while; protein gives your hair strength and structure to combat frizz, hold your style much longer, and makes sure your curl pattern do not weaken over time.

So, based on some studying, I realized that based on hair texture, I might be able to help you all on when you should do a PT.

  1. Fine hair: Weekly (Once a week.)
  2. Fine-Medium: Biweekly
  3. Medium: Monthly
  4. Medium-Coarse: Quarterly (Once every three months/12 weeks.)
  5. Coarse: Once to twice yearly

I hope this helps. Remember, only YOU know your own hair better than anyone, so this is just a simplified guideline. If you feel your hair has a protein overload, stop and start using heavy moisturizing and emollients to soften your hair again.

Hope I helped!

CG since 3/11/2012

Type 2C (Botticelli according to Curly Girl: The Handbook)
iii Density
Medium-Coarse Texture
Normal Porosity
Normal Elasticity
HATES: Traditional sulfates/cones.
LOVES: Lots of moisture and homemade FSG!
(Many thanks to
http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/ for helping me figure out my texture, porosity, and elasticity properties! Check them out sometime!)
Coconut oil is not a protein it is comprised of fatty acids (lipids): it does not 'behave as a protein' in many people either, plenty love one and hate the other. Sorry but I don't agree you can 'prescribe' protein based on texture; porosity and climate is highly relevant.

There are some excellent science-based articles on protein treatments on the Natural Haven blog and on NC by 'curl chemist' Tonya MacKay.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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