Is My Hair Ruined?!

first, I would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read/respond to this. I realize there are a few posts dedicated to this already but I would like to get opinions based on my circumstance and not anyone else's because I am sure that is how I got in this predicament..

The Story:
in late dec 2010, I permanently colored my previously light brown hair black. then in early jan I did the aphogee 2 step protein treatment & two packs of balancing moisture. BIG MISTAKE!

The Problem:
my hair is dry to the touch, crispity crunchity.
shedding = ridiculous.
which means breakage
split ends everywhere.
all around mess.

Failed Solutions:
aussie 3 min deeeeep conditioner

I shampoo once a week with shea moisture use giovanni leave in or cantu. I also use hydratherma naturals daily moisturizing growth lotion.

I just reached my 1 year mark in feb and I am still learning. this was actually my first time doing any type of protein treatment. I am beginning to believe I did not need it in the first place. I eat a lot of eggs regularly and take plenty of vitamins. before my hair was so soft & retaining length nicely- even after professional color. now, I am terrified to see the amount of hair going down the shower drain when I detangle or finger comb! also, i havent applied heat in 2 months & have been wearing protective styles and STILL i have tons of split ends (even after dusting & numerous "search&destroys")

HELP ?!

P.S. I would like to touch up my hair color as well although, I'm learning that it can cause dryness as well. any brand suggestions? i'm a jet black fan so henna isn't for me..

Last edited by knottyniecey; 03-20-2011 at 05:11 AM. Reason: adding more info
I hope you get some replies on this! I am not alot of help because I still haven't figured out the protein/moisture balance deal yet. I have read other posts that are similar to your's though, in trying to figure out whether I have a protein sensitivity or not and there are others who have had similar problems after using the Aphogee. Alot of breakage and hair loss. It makes me wonder if the protein treatments are even necessary...

Anyway, I'm sorry you are going through this! I just did a hard water treatment and my hair is fried also, so I feel your pain! I wanted to reply as no one else had yet, and it's hard waiting. I hate bad hair days!
Curltype:Fine, 2C underneath, Mostly 3A, with some 3B thrown in there. Normal porosity.
Shampoo: Elucence, clarify with sulfates 1x per month
Conditioner: Elucence MBC,
Products: Devacurl Angel, LALSG
I can't go totally CG as it weighs my hair down FAST. Hard water.
Bad haircut finally starting to grow out and look normal again!
Some things to try:

1. Cut out the weekly sulfate free poo. Just co wash every other day or every 2-3 days.
2. Prepoo/pre co wash oil treatments. Use an oil of your choice and mix it with warm honey ( 5 secs in the microwave is plenty...the stuff gets hot). Throw on a plastic cap and sit under a dryer '( if you can), for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse out thoroughly with just water. Then cowash/poo it out.
3. DC. Get a good deap conditioner of your choice ( Olive you my honeychild, or shea moisture curl smoothie as a DC). Or plain old ripe avocado mixed with olive oil.
4. Research the baggie method and try it. It will do wonders for your dry ends.
5. Start taking horsetail shave grass capsules and Omega 3 everyday.
thank you for your replies! I had become discouraged.. live and learn I guess. the funny thing is I used the treatment to prevent split ends and breakages and it had the exact opposite effect. I am definitely avoiding all protein at the moment. doing my research, I've found that a lot of the products I use have protein in them and I had no idea!

I purchased the shea moisture dc and conditioner.
(buy one get one free at walgreens)
thanks for the tips I will cut back on the shampooing and add the other steps to my regimen.

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