A few questions for you ladies.I believe I need to join this challenge. My hair is missing something and I think it’s protein.
A few questions for you ladies.
1. What is this protein filler I kept seeing in the few original posts? Is it something I should be looking at getting?
Neutral Protein Filler is a liquid product you can purchase from stores like Sally's. You can use it by itself (it is kinda sticky) or you can mix into a protein free conditioner to turn into a heavier protein conditioner.
It is a decent product to have on hand as you can turn any conditioner into a protein treatment. But if you aren't into mixing or making your own hair products, it's not a must have.
2. Do you do your protein treatment as a pre poo or wash and then protein treatment? For the longest time I used light proteins as pre poo. My hair was healthy and it seemed to work but right now my hair needs something more and I am wondering if using protein as pre poo isn’t a good idea. I am wondering if the treatment still penetrates the strands since the hair isn’t clean and has product build up. Thoughts?
I would suggest approaching protein usage cautiously.
When I first started I used a heavier protein treatment as a deep conditioner followed by a moisture conditioner in the same session until I learned how my hair reacts to protein. I gradually moved to using protein at every other wash session while using moisture DCs the following week.
I've seen the Clean vs not clean argument and honestly, I haven't had issues with using products as pre-poo on "Dirty" hair. In my case, I stopped worrying about this after I remembered that when I went for salon treatments, stylists applied relaxers and color on "Dirty" hair and the services turned out fine, so the YouTube gurus saying it doesn't penetrate the hair doesn't hold water IMHO.
But you should do what you think is right while designing your hair regimen for YOUR hair.
3. Do you deep condition after each protein treatment?
See my comment above, BUT, I would also take the time to say, don't try to use too many protein based products in one session. So if you decide to use a protein DC, I wouldn't suggest using a protein leave in and/or protein based shampoo.
4. Do you do light protein regularly and then heavy protein every once in a while?
Yes, I have a variety of different weight protein conditioners available for use. My hair LOVES protein so I regularly work it into my routine.
Hope this helps.
Repeat todaySprayed and massaged my Fenugreek Tea Rinse on scalp and hair. The peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree oil in it have my scalp all wonderfully tingly. I am storing it in the fridge especially because of the AVG in it. It looks like enough for at least 2 weeks.
Here's is the recipe I used with a tiny change of adding about 2 ounces of my Hops, Earl Grey, and Horsetail Shavegrass herbal tea rinse I had in the fridge: