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.