So, I finally did a protein treatment last weekend and I opted for a natural, DIY at home one which I found on Pinterest. It amazes me the world of things you can find on Pinterest, I’ve pinned a gazillion pins to my natural hair board by now. Funny enough my board name is “Bye-Bye Creamy Crack” and we’re 13 months on a fully natural ‘fro.
Why did I need a protein treatment?
- Sadly, parts of my hair lost its elasticity aka the curls weren’t holding. Whether it was wet or dry when I pulled the strand it wouldn’t bounce back.
- Hair was also LIMP AF. It just didn’t have its body anymore
- Needed added moisture
- Recovering from heat damage
- Protein = strength and length, which are my ultimate goals
So what did I use, and why?
2 tbsps Honey – moisture and promotes hair growth
4 tbsps Mayonnaise – softer, shinier, smoother hair thanks to the eggs, vinegar and other natural ingredients
2 tsps Olive oil – healthy scalp, seals moisture
1 tsp Tea tree oil – moisturize and nourishes scalp, helps with dandruff
What did I end up with?
So, at first I couldn’t really see or feel any difference. However, as I conditioned and moisturized my hair to place it into a style, my curls were poppin’! I thought this was a way better wash n go than before so I was happy. Also, my hair was feeling very soft and looking shiny! This was a major plus because I was tired of the dry look. So yes, my hair is moisturized and feels stronger plus looking fuller.
I plan to do these treatments once a month, because you know too much of anything can turn into a bad thing. This is only until my hair looks and feels healthy.
However, you can’t only do protein treatments from the outside, you need to protect the hair from the inside as well. This means upping your protein intake based on your diet; fish, chicken breast, eggs, almonds/peanuts, broccoli are some good examples of foods high in protein. If you can’t stick with a high protein diet, be sure to implement some vitamins into your schedule as well. I’m not the best with this because I often forget to take them, but I always try my best.
There are also hair supplements that you can take which promote hair growth and what not. Personally, I take biotin every now and again. But with any supplement you take, ensure you read the labels and do your own research.
Bringing my hair back to life, slowly but surely
Have you ever done a protein treatment?
What did you use? Results?
Do you take hair supplements?