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5 Signs You Need a Protein Treatment

5 Signs You Need a Protein Treatment

Ever since I took out my box braids, the best way I could describe my hair was ‘blah’. I haven’t felt like washing it and when I did, it still didn’t look the way I wanted. This past weekend I decided to do a protein treatment using the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment & Balanced Moisturizer. This treatment was exactly what my hair needed. If your hair hasn’t looked or felt it’s best lately, here are five signs you may need to do a protein treatment.

Limp or Mushy Hair

The first thing I noticed when washing was it was limp. I’ve been natural for almost five years, but I definitely remember the feeling of my hair clumped together after washing when relaxed. It was lifeless and I tried deep conditioning to no avail. Once I finished the protein treatment, my hair came back to life.

Excessive Breakage or Shedding

I also noticed extreme shedding. I decided to trim, but the results on wash day were the same. If your hair is constantly shedding or breaking off, it may be lacking protein.

Low Elasticity

This is also known to many naturals as that “bounce back”. You can easily test your hair’s elasticity by lightly pulling it when wet to see if it retracts to its original form. If it breaks, consider strengthening your hair by using a protein treatment.


Since coloring your hair breaks the cuticle and makes it prone to dryness. Apply a protein treatment every 2-3 months to maintain the hair’s protein/moisture balance and you will begin to see and feel a difference in your hair.

Protective Styling

Back in December, I had box braids for almost a month. After taking down I used the ORS Hair Mayonnaise, but apparently, that wasn’t good enough. If you’ve been wearing braids, weaves or crochet braids as a protective style, consider doing a protein treatment when taking down.

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  • Reply
    Felecia Monique
    March 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    My natural hair is definitely limp. I deep condition every two weeks and nothing helps. I’ll definitely try this method.

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      March 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Hope it helps Felecia.

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    March 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I have experienced all of those a time or two. I am trying to get a more regular routine with my hair care so that I can have more healthy hair.

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    Carlana Charles
    March 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I always have a colour in my hair. I make it my duty to treat at least once a month depending on my busy work schedule.

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    March 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Great tips! I alternate between protein and moisturizing deep conditioners. I have low porosity hair but still need that moisture protein balance 🙂

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      Type 4 Naturals
      March 14, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Weird as it sounds, this was my first time doing a treatment. I’m always learning something new about my natural hair.

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    Mimi Green
    March 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I think I’m in need of a protein treatment. I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair off to start over again.

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    March 15, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Before I had locs I got regular protein treatments fro the stylist that cared for my natural hair. Great advice. I don’t think many people are aware of the benefits.

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      March 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Lauren. I had to do my research because I sure didn’t know.

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    March 15, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I try to get protein treatments once per month. My hair is normally a little rough feeling when I need one.

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    Courtney CJ
    March 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I love Aphogee products. I have recently colored my hair and my stylist warned me to make sure that I am getting enough. Thanks for the reminder!

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    March 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I can’t tell when last I have done a protein treatment on my hair. I really need to protein treat my hair. I might try the Aphogee or the ORS Mayonnaise.

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      March 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I love the Aphogee treatment. It was literally life changing. lol

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    My hair is not protein friendly therefore I have to take it easy on the protein treatments. When I do, I have to use something mild so I don’t damage it.

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