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Old 12-29-2004, 03:13 PM
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Exclamation For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

Okay, I'm new the whole 'natural' hair thing, as many of you may know. So I'm gonna need a little help/advice. How often should one condition with protein? Not as often as one with relaxed hair, right? How often do YOU protein condition? I was also wonderning, as I've begun to experience, natural hair has a harder time absorbing moisture than that of relaxed hair. Also, would I be able to brush again, if so, what brush would prove to be the best kind? I never brushed with my relaxed hair, but I know that since my hair a different texture, it can be treated differently and has its different needs as well. So, can you ladies help me out here. I'm just trying to find the best way to care for my hair. I've also found out that my hair has a cork-screw pattern to it. So cute! I really don't remember what my natural hair looked like 'cause I've been getting my hair relaxed since before I can remember (maybe four-years-old? somewhere aroung there). Please, clue me in here on the advice. Thanx a lot!
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:57 PM
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

It's hard to say, because it depends on how much your hair likes or dislikes protein. Some protein conditioners like Keraphix or Motions CPR, can be used weekly for some people. Then there are protein treatments that are not conditioners at all. Some of those are strong and should only be used every six to eight weeks tops.

My hair likes protein, so I use a hardcore treatment (Aphogee or DRC28) every 6-8 weeks and a conditioner (Keraphix) every two weeks in between.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

I dont really use protein. I wonder if I should use it at all. How would I know?
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

My hair dislikes a lot of protein so I don't use it. My hair is fine.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

If you want to use one regularly, I think once a month is fine. Unless you use heat a lot or constantly style/manipulate your hair, I think that will do. If you ever start to notice more breakage then definitely try it out and see if that helps.

I think you should only really use it when you feel like your hair needs to be strengthened though...otherwise moisturizing conditioners should suffice.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

My hair hates protein. I would say not to use it unless you use a lot of heat to straighten it because over time, too much heat weakens your hair and the point of protein is to strengten and thicken your hair.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

i do it once a week...i put it in with my deep conditioner which now is a mix of suave humectant and honey and olive oil and some cholesterol(hey i was experimenting lol) my protein is vo5 blueberries and cream...its not much of it in my mix...doin protein alone in the summer was not cool...

for brushes the boar bristle it doesnt tear the hair out as much and is great for smoothing

with absorbin moisture i think it will take some time for your hair and u to get used to the change of being natural...
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

Well nobody mentioned anything about brushes. I know a lot of people use brushes by Denman like D3 or D4 but as far as I know, they use it for detangling when the hair is wet only. I personally use a brush only when my hair is wet and never at any other time. I don't use protein as I have not needed any since I've been natural.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

My hair hate hard core protein treatments....aphogee,nexxus emergencee. Maybe Surge and Salerm is enough. I've had success with Aubrey GPB.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

I've seen several people say that their hair hates protein. How do you know that your hair hates protein ... what does it do?
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

I do a protein treatment about every other week and also before and after thermal straightening. My hair seems to respond well to milk proteins so I use Aubrey GPB usually combined with coconut milk.

I save the hardcore, keratin or animal protein treatments for use after thermal straightening.

ETA: I use a boar bristle brush for smoothing down my hair when it's pulled back.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

My hair can't get enough protein. I use a deep conditioner {contains mild protein} at least once a week and every six weeks I use Aphogee. As a matter of fact, I just did one today along with a clear rinse. Since I've been using the hardcore protein treatments, I notice that when the 6 week mark comes around my hair is more tangly or it sheds/breaks more...that's how I know that I need the protein and that it's time for another treatment {I keep it marked on my calendar also}. My hair is fine and fragile so the treatments help keep it strong with less tangling and shedding.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

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My hair can't get enough protein. I use a deep conditioner {contains mild protein} at least once a week and every six weeks I use Aphogee. As a matter of fact, I just did one today along with a clear rinse. Since I've been using the hardcore protein treatments, I notice that when the 6 week mark comes around my hair is more tangly or it sheds/breaks more...that's how I know that I need the protein and that it's time for another treatment {I keep it marked on my calendar also}. My hair is fine and fragile so the treatments help keep it strong with less tangling and shedding.

Which mild protein?
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

For the longest time, I didn't think my hair needed protein. But I was sooooo wrong. I did the omnipak two weeks ago and my hair has been scrumptious ever since (ummm except for a henna and indigo incident). I think for me, it like protein because my hair is really fine, as in small strands (especially around the edges) and protein treatments kinda shore up the strength of the individual strands.

I am devising my 2005 regime and plan on doing a heavy duty protein treatment at least once every two months and the henna and indigo treatment once every six months (maybe more often).

I might do a mild protein treatment every month.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

I rarely use protein (maybe every other month if that) so I'm not the best to give advice in that area but I like Aveda's protein conditioner when I do use it... What kind of moisturizer are you using because my hair sucks up moisture.... As far as brushes I have a Denman, I'm not sure of the model number but there is a pic of it in my original album. When brushing remember to start from your ends and move up
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

I used the Elucence Protein conditioner last weekend. Is that considered hard core.
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Default Re: For natural hair: how often should I use protein conditioners? Clue me in!

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I've seen several people say that their hair hates protein. How do you know that your hair hates protein ... what does it do?
I wondered this too.

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Which mild protein?
I use Ultra Black Hair {Deep} Conditioner. Some people do not consider it a mild protein conditioner but I do because it's definitely milder than the Aphogee treatment.
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Thank you Lanelle!
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