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Dd_NY 12-08-2011 04:40 PM

How I transformed my hair literally overnight
 
I did three Aphogee two-step protein treatments within a span of about two-three weeks or so. You are only suppose to do it ONCE every six weeks, so I basically tripled the amount of protein I put in my hair.

Now my hair feels heavy, but I am NOT complaining! It feels AMAZING! Its flowy and looks about two times as thick as before! My texture doesn't feel as cottony as it once did. Now it is smoother, almost like my hair is naturally straight.

I'm not 100% sure if this is because of the Aphogee protein treatment, but its my best guess, and I'll tell you why. I have 4 hair (not sure exactly what kind of 4) and it is relaxed. I stretched for about 5 months before I finally got my touch up on Monday.

This time, instead of just doing the touchup, I did a protein treatment the day before to prepare for the relaxer (1). Then, on Monday, I got the touchup and got in the shower to rinse the relaxer out of my hair. After rinsing a little, I added some Henna N Placenta protein treatment(2), and rinsed and shampooed some more. I noticed more hair was coming out than I liked so I decided to do a protein treatment again right then and there(3).

Aphogee is very acidic though, so since my scalp was a little tender from the relaxer, I mixed the protein treatment with some Aussie 3 minute miracle along with the conditioner that comes with my relaxer (I use Optimum).

I applied heat to my hair and rinsed but I still wasn't satisfied with the result so I decided to just deal with the slight burn and put the Aphogee on again. I did add a LITTLE conditioner but this time with a higher percentage of Aphogee. When I applied heat again with a blowdryer I noticed my hair feeling much different than Aphogee has ever made it feel.

I got back in the shower and rinsed again and this time my hair felt smooth and a little sticky. I wasn't sure what to make of it, but I finally got out the shower and let it air dry. The results: MUCH thicker hair, smoother, and my ends which were previously fried looked great as well! And a weird weight to my hair, almost as if it is intensely moisturized, but without being thin. I didn't even put in my leave in conditioner, just a teeny bit of S-curl and an oil to seal it.

My hair has not looked like this since I first relaxed it back in middle school which means I've made a complete recovery from all the mistakes I was making before.

Do you think the weight came from the protein treatments? That's what I can't figure out. I'm also wondering if this means my hair was lacking protein, and if this means my hair craves protein?

Disclaimer: I'm not claiming this will work for you because everyone's hair is different.

srichey 12-08-2011 05:52 PM

Thanks for the great info on protein treatments! I am new to the CG routine and have been using the DC no-poo and conditioner for a few months. My hair is very mushy and is falling out in handfuls! I was in tears in the shower today. I will thy the Aphogee and pray that it helps. From what I have been reading here, it sounds like I need a protein fix.

demsdata 12-09-2011 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Dd_NY (Post 1831019)
I did three Aphogee two-step protein treatments within a span of about two-three weeks or so. You are only suppose to do it ONCE every six weeks, so I basically tripled the amount of protein I put in my hair.

Now my hair feels heavy, but I am NOT complaining! It feels AMAZING! Its flowy and looks about two times as thick as before! My texture doesn't feel as cottony as it once did. Now it is smoother, almost like my hair is naturally straight.

I'm not 100% sure if this is because of the Aphogee protein treatment, but its my best guess, and I'll tell you why. I have 4 hair (not sure exactly what kind of 4) and it is relaxed. I stretched for about 5 months before I finally got my touch up on Monday.

This time, instead of just doing the touchup, I did a protein treatment the day before to prepare for the relaxer (1). Then, on Monday, I got the touchup and got in the shower to rinse the relaxer out of my hair. After rinsing a little, I added some Henna N Placenta protein treatment(2), and rinsed and shampooed some more. I noticed more hair was coming out than I liked so I decided to do a protein treatment again right then and there(3).

Aphogee is very acidic though, so since my scalp was a little tender from the relaxer, I mixed the protein treatment with some Aussie 3 minute miracle along with the conditioner that comes with my relaxer (I use Optimum).

I applied heat to my hair and rinsed but I still wasn't satisfied with the result so I decided to just deal with the slight burn and put the Aphogee on again. I did add a LITTLE conditioner but this time with a higher percentage of Aphogee. When I applied heat again with a blowdryer I noticed my hair feeling much different than Aphogee has ever made it feel.

I got back in the shower and rinsed again and this time my hair felt smooth and a little sticky. I wasn't sure what to make of it, but I finally got out the shower and let it air dry. The results: MUCH thicker hair, smoother, and my ends which were previously fried looked great as well! And a weird weight to my hair, almost as if it is intensely moisturized, but without being thin. I didn't even put in my leave in conditioner, just a teeny bit of S-curl and an oil to seal it.

My hair has not looked like this since I first relaxed it back in middle school which means I've made a complete recovery from all the mistakes I was making before.

Do you think the weight came from the protein treatments? That's what I can't figure out. I'm also wondering if this means my hair was lacking protein, and if this means my hair craves protein?

Disclaimer: I'm not claiming this will work for you because everyone's hair is different.

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!

GoddessCurls 02-25-2012 12:14 PM

Wow...that's great. I have been doing Nexus Emergencee about once a week. I have noticed lots less frizz. I also got a mild protein conditioner...VO5. Even tha canopy seems to be behaving. When I look at pics of myself as a baby my curls were much looser, real shiny, thick and silky looking. I want that back. Maybe it's more protein. Ur story gives me hope!!


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Honeycurls 02-25-2012 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by GoddessCurls (Post 1894475)
Wow...that's great. I have been doing Nexus Emergencee about once a week. I have noticed lots less frizz. I also got a mild protein conditioner...VO5. Even tha canopy seems to be behaving. When I look at pics of myself as a baby my curls were much looser, real shiny, thick and silky looking. I want that back. Maybe it's more protein. Ur story gives me hope!!


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GC--I have two bottles for sale if you're interested!!!

GoddessCurls 02-26-2012 12:37 PM

Oh yeah?...money is tight but how much?


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Honeycurls 02-26-2012 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by GoddessCurls (Post 1895145)
Oh yeah?...money is tight but how much?


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Same here!

Here's the link to my swap board post. I was literally just getting ready to try the 2-step conditioner today for the first time because I didn't think anyone was interested, but I thought I better check nc.com first just in case; so, I'll hold off and wait to hear back from you.

GoddessCurls 02-26-2012 12:50 PM

Wait...r u talking about Aphogee...? I've never used that...don't think I need it...so far what I'm doing is working. I thought u meant Nexxus Emergencee


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GoddessCurls 02-26-2012 12:52 PM

Sorry for the confusion


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Honeycurls 02-26-2012 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by GoddessCurls (Post 1895161)
Sorry for the confusion


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No problem! That tells me what I need to know! Thanks for responding so quickly!

*runs off to take a shower and condition hair with Aphogee*

GoddessCurls 02-26-2012 01:10 PM

No prob. Let us know how the treatment goes


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Honeycurls 02-26-2012 11:50 PM

So, I'm not really sure what to think about this stuff. It's impossible to "repair" hair because it's a non-metabolically active tissue. Having said that, I tried it anyway, cautiously optimistic.

My hair was shiny and smooth afterward, but I'm not sure how much of that was the new conditioner with argan oil that I used after I rinsed out the Aphogee. One thing it didn't do is make my fine hair any heavier.

I dunno...I'll probably keep both bottles and use them until they're gone. But, probably won't buy again. Better pull my ad from the swap board.


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