Protein treatment... 1st timer, what to do?

So, I was told by several posters on here that protein might work for me. I have dry, type 2, highlighted hair. I have started using a cowash/conditioner as well as a deep conditioner once a week (this is my first week) and have noticed a difference. However, I still feel there still might be breakage. I want to try the protein treatment I got (it's Ion repair solutions), but am incredibly nervous esp after reading other horror stories. I at least want to give it a shot, though, because it might be just what my hair needs! So, as a first timer, how should I try the PT to see if it's right for me? I was told to alternate between the deep conditioner and the protein treatment, one every other week, and see what happens.
The products I'm using are:
Cowash: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Conditioner
Conditioner: Bed Head Moisture Maniac
Deep Conditioner: Silk Elements Megasilk
Protein Treatment (have not used, yet): Ion Repair Solutions
Styling products: Old t-shirt and Biolage Curl Defining Elixer
From the sound of it, it does sound like it would be beneficial to give a PT a shot. However, be sure that you follow up the PT with a good deep conditioning treatment. So, your wash routine should go something like this:

Protein Treatment
Deep Condition

You mentioned that you would like to alternate the PT and DT every week. That's fine as long as you always follow the PT up with a good moisturizing conditioner. So you can do DT one week and then PT/DT the next if your hair needs it!

Hope that helps
21 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; coarse ; dense ; MBL stretched}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s), Aussie 3MMM Treatment | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LC sometimes O}

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^agreed. Plus, you can always try a patch test on a section of your hair before applying the treatment to your whole head
- 2C - Coarse Canopy & med/fine underlayers
- MOP C Hydrating 'poo
- LOreal Natures Therapy Moisturizing condish, ION Effective Care, Garnier S&S (old formula)
- treatments: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Repair Me!
- plopping, diffusing, and clipping the roots
Here is a link discussing PTs and DTs:

I agree that when you PT, follow with a good, moisturizing DT. I absolutely love CJ Curl Rehab for this!

My routine is to low poo and rinse. Rake through the PT and then put it in a bun and put on a plastic cap and let it sit for an hour. Then I rinse, rake through my DT and then bun it and cap it again for another hour. After rinsing out the DT, I just style my hair like normal.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

Thank you all for your help!!!! I tried just a small patch tonight, after cowash and conditioner, and it is like night and day compared the rest of my hair! I only left it on for the 4 mins it said on the box and it let the comb rake right through it compared with the rest of the hair which was still damaged and rough to get through. I'll do the whole head tomorrow and see what happens. I will make sure to follow it with my dt that I have. I have been using the moisture maniac as a normal conditioner. Should I pick something different? It's almost out so I can justify trying something new.

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