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Hard Protein/Moisture Balance Treatment

Hello Maicurlies, 

Today I wanted to share something that has become a “hair saver” (for me). My Hard Protein/Moisture Balancing Treatment.

Hard Protein Treatment

This recipe has become part of my routine however, it is not something I do every week or even every month because as the name suggests it is a HARD protein treatment. Before I delve into the details of what I use, how I mix, how I apply etc. it is important to point out a few things.

  1. This is an extremely hard protein treatment that should only be done once every 2 – 3 months (some might only want to do this 2 times a year).
  2. I have been told that this feels/acts like the 2 step ApHogee Protein Treatment therefore if you have tired that before, keep in mind how often you have used it/how you hair felt afterwards. Do not do both this and ApHogee treatments since they work similarly and you might end up with protein overload!
  3. It is vital to do a Moisturizing Deep Condition (DC) after. VITAL! Your hair will feel hard, brittle and almost straw-like (this is normal) however, it should not feel like that after you have done the Moisturizing DC. Without the moisturizing DC you will not have a protein/moisture balance and that will just result in breakage (not good)!
  4. If your hair does still feel hard after your Moisturizing DC, do another DC again!
  5. Ensure you have fully and properly detangled your hair before you apply the protein mix. Protein makes the hair hard (and this one does so extremely well) and if you haven’t detangled your hair beforehand you will only end up breaking hair in the spots where you have knots as you try to distribute the mix.
  6. Work with freshly washed, clean and damp hair to remove any product buildup which will allow the protein to latch on and penetrate the hair strands (this is when you would detangled your hair).
  7. Once the mix is on your hair DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR!
  8. Leave the mix on for no more than 15 minutes!
  9. Some people like to use a drier/hooded drier after applying the protein to help dry the hair however, since I do not use any form on heat I do not suggest this step in my demonstration. (If you do decide to use heat, please ensure it is not set to high because you can cause damage).
  10. Once the time is up use your shower head/faucet (warm water) to rinse your hair going in a downwards motion. After you let water run over your hair slowly use your finger tips to help ensure all of the protein has been rinsed out (gently). You can use conditioner after you rinse to make sure the protein is out.
  11. ALWAYS DO A MOISTURIZING DC!!!!! (Sorry but I have to stress this part).

Ingredients/Tools Used:

Hard Protein Treatment Ingredients

  • 7 oz Hot Water (I used bottled water)
  • 0.24 oz Gelatine 
  • 0.5 oz Pure Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • Applicator bottle
  • Bowl/container (to mix)
  • Spoon
  • Essential Oil (optional if you can’t stand the smell of ACV but the ACV smell will go away anyways after you rinse and DC your hair). 

Mixing:

Sprinkle the gelatine over the water (while it is still hot) and stir to dissolve the gelatine. Add the ACV, stir again and pour into your applicator bottle. Allow the mix to completely cool down (if you plan to add EO add it after the mix has cooled down). 

Application

While you are letting the mix cool wash and detangle your hair so it is free from products, this will allow the protein to attach and absorb into the hair strands easier. Section your hair into parts to make it easier to work with and pour the mix from root to tip, paying particualr attention to the ends since this is where breakge occurs most frequently. Distribute the mix by finger combing/wide tooth comb but be VERY CAREFUL since the protein will make your hair feel hard and can cause breakage if you are rough. (This is why it is important to make sure you have fully detangled your hair prior to application)! After you are done with one section LEAVE THAT PART ALONE, do not touch it anymore and move onto the next. Once you are done allow the mix to sit for no more than 15 minutes. Typically people like to use a drier/hooded drier while waiting for the 15 minutes however, I do not use heat and therefore do not take this step. If you do, please make sure that you do not bake your hair, you will see damage if you do!

After the 15 minutes using your shower head/facet let warm water run over your hair going in a downwards motion (do not use your fingers to manipulate) unitl you feel your have rinsed out the protein. Once you have rinsed with water alone then you can gently use your fingers to run over your hair to make sure it is protein free,  you can use a little conditioner to help ensure all the protein is out.  Follow up with a Moisturizing DC for no less than 1.5 hours and proceed with your styling. If you feel your hair still feels rough, dry, brittle you need to do another moisturizing DC to restore the protein/moisture balance! 

This is my demonstration video:

If you try this mix I would love to hear what you think and if you have used ApHogee before I would love to hear if you think these two work similarly or not. 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

DIY Moisturizing & Fortifying DC (Pink CoCream Hibiscus – update)

Hey Maicurlies,

Yup, I’ve got an updated Deep Conditioner I would like to share with you!

DIY Moisturizing & Fortifying DC

I’ve actually updated most of my DIY products (I do this whenever I feel like my hair is no longer responding as well as it use to). Sometimes our hair can be accustomed to a product/treatment and needs a change. I’ve posted my previous DIY Moisturizing DC that I used routinely on a weekly basis in case you want to compare the ingredients of both concoctions. 

A lot of the ingredients I use now are also part of my “old” mix with one new ingredient and a twist to my old oil. What I LOVE about the DC is that it’s packed with moisturizing properties and also has a kick of strength to help fortify the hair at the same time. My hair feels absolutely fabulous after I rinse it off (as we speak I just rinsed mine out after using henna…it feels sooo good!) Aside from all that, it is so pretty isn’t it?! 😀 And it smells AWESOME (Yup i took a ton of pictures just to prove my point). 

I make A LOT of the DC and freeze part of it in silicon molds and then put the DC “bars” into a sandwich bag that’s stored in my freezer for future use. The freezer helps “preserve” the DC and also means I don’t have to remix every single week. When I want to use them all I do is take out the amount I need (3 – 4 bars to cover the length of my hair completely) and place them in a heat proof bowl to gently warm it up in a double broiler (the DC is cold if it is not warmed up and my hair likes slightly warm DC and so does my fingers and scalp lol). I am NOT cooking or boiling the DC just letting it melt and lightly warm up. I then apply as usual, starting from ends to root. I cover my hair with cling film or a shower cap, a plastic bag and then layer on a scarf too. I also warm up a facecloth by dunking it in warm water, wringing  out the excess water and placing it over the cling film/shower cap for a few minutes. The point is to keep my scalp and the DC warm since this helps to open up the cuticle of the hair and allows the moisturizing and fortifying properties of the to DC penetrate the hair strands.

So without further ado here are the ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 11 oz. Moisturizing Conditioner – provides the base for the moisturizing DC (use your favorite moisturizing conditioner – you can use less if you don’t want to make extra DC) 
  • 1.8 oz. Plain bottled water provides additional moisture for the hair…H2o a naturals bestie!
  • 0.2 oz. Hibiscus powder* – provides strength, shine, luster and conditions the hair
  • 2 oz. Organic Coconut Cream – provides strength 
  • 0.8 oz Rosewater – provides moisture, shine, soothes the scalp & re-balances the pH of the hair (smells AMAZING)
  • 0.2 oz. Rose Infused Oil (I use rose infused almond oil but you can use any carrier oil of choice) – a light oil that helps to seal in the properties of the DC, provides shine, softens the hair, provides luster and smells AWESOME
  • 0.1 oz. Glycerina humectant the draws water in the air to the hair (if you hair doesn’t like glycerin you can omit it or replace it with Honey/Agave Nectar/Aloe Vera Juice)

*try to use finely sieved hibiscus powder. I make my own hibiscus powder but didn’t sieve it a lot on the day but once I rinsed out the DC I had absolutely no “bits” in my hair (I only rinsed my hair once). Note: Hibiscus gives off a red/purple tint to the hair and is most obvious on blond/bleached/light hair therefore if red undertones are not something you want do not add hibiscus. 

Mixing Instructions

Mix everything together in a large container in any order. After you have combined everything I suggest whisking the DC to ensure everything is well combined. (Split the mix in 2 containers to avoid your kitchen and yourself from getting splashed)!

Video explanation

 

I am not a doctor, dermatologist nor a medical professional. The information provided here are for informational purposes only and should not be used as medical advice. Please consult with your personal doctor/dermatologist/medical professional before using any new ingredients/products. 

Do you store any of your DIY Deep Conditioner mixes in your freezer? I would love to hear what you think as always Maicurlies! 

Maicurls

Maicurls