Why is is important to use a Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) you ask? Well, first of all it is used to restore strength to limp hair.
In order to determine when a Protein DC should be applied depend on ones hair, but if your hair feels mushy when wet and stretches a lot before breaking then a protein DC might be required to restore strength. As with anything in life too much of a good thing can still be bad and the same can be said about Protein.Too much Protein will make the hair go hard and snap. People wit Protein sensitive hair experience this a lot more. In this case very limited light Protein DC may only be required once a month or every 2 months. Again this will depend on your own needs and likes.
It is a little more difficult to try and get your hair back to normal if you overload on the Proteins in terms of how often you might have to do Moisturizing DC to restore balance. It can take some people anywhere from one to several Moisturizing DC to restore their hair. So if you are unsure about how your hair will like Protein I would er on the side of caution at first and try something simple like just using plain yogurt or mayonnaise and then taking it from there.
My hair does not mind a little protein but I do not over-do-it. I usually do a Protein DC once every 4 – 6 weeks or when my hair feels weak or I see a lot more shed hair than what I am used to.
In order to keep my Protein DC a little “light” I also add in some Moisturizing ingredients. This is to help balance the “potency” of the Protein ingredients.
- 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Conditioner
- 1 teaspoon Grape Seed Oil
- I blend the first three ingredients together (coconut milk, egg yolk and yogurt).*
- I then add the Conditioner & Oil and mix everything really well.
* It is not necessary to blend however I like making sure everything is combined really well. If you are allergic/have protein sensitive hair you might not want to do a Protein DC alternatively you could try a very light treatment of just egg yolk or yogurt or mayonnaise. Remember to use cold water when rinsing otherwise you end up with scrambled egg in your hair.
How it is applied:
- I always apply to hair that has been cleansed and detangled.
- My hair is usually in 10 – 12 twists (I do this during my detangling stage) and apply the DC from roots to ends, paying particular attention to my ends.
- I cover my head with a shower cap, Clingfilm or a plastic bag.
- I leave the DC on for 1 hour and then rinse it out.
- If the egg smell lingers I use a little extra Conditioner to rinse
What is your favorite moisturizing DC? Do you mix your own or purchase it? I would love to know!