It’s been a while since my latest hair post but in the past few months I’ve tried so many new things with my hair. For the first time in the almost 4 years of my natural hair journey, I used a protein treatment. I was a little apprehensive about trying a protein treatment because my initial thought was that it would make my hair feel hard. But after doing more research, I felt comfortable and excited to finally try it out!
Is a Protein Treatment Right for You?
This year I wanted to revamp my haircare staple products and try some new brands because I felt my hair was becoming stagnant as far as growth and moisture retention. My long-term hair goal has been to reach waist length hair. I really want to retain length while also having healthy hair. However, there’s always been a troublesome portion of my hair that’s coarser, drier, and about 2-3 inches shorter than the rest of my hair. This area is the crown of my hair and even when I had relaxed hair, this area was notoriously shorter than the rest of my hair. I really want to strengthen that area of my hair, and considering that what I’d been doing for the past 4 year hasn’t helped that area of hair at all, a protein treatment would help add extra strength to that area of hair that’s extremely prone to breakage. Taking an examination of your hair through a long term lense would help determine if a protein treatment would be beneficial for you.
Since hair is made up of 70% keratin protein, adding a protein treatment helps to maintain the protein balance of your hair after the constant hair manipulation, washing, and styling.
In my spare time I also gathered updated results on my hair porosity by doing the water-in-cup method. On freshly washed hair, I found stray strands of hair to then slowly place into a clean cup of water. If your hair sinks to the bottom you have HIGH POROSITY hair, if it floats in the middle then you have NORMAL porosity, and if the hair just floats at the top then that is considered LOW POROSITY hair. I tested strands from different parts of my hair and the strand from the crown of my hair was definitely HIGH POROSITY and some strands around the outer portions were either HIGH or LOW porosity. For the longest time I thought I had low porosity hair because majority of the strands I tested before sank to the bottom of the cup, but I had the terms wrong. I’m actually more on the normal-high porosity hair.Having high porosity hair means that the hair cuticules are open wide and moisture gets in really easily but exits the hair strands just as easily. This is why my hair would feel dry even after using leave-in conditioner ever day. I know now that after using the leave-in conditioner I should make good use of my shea butter and seal that moisture on a daily basis. Knowing how your hair reacts to moisture really helps in determining which protein treatment to purchase and if adding extra moisture or oils would be necessary.
Damaged or Chemically Altered Hair
Although I haven’t colored my hair since the big chop, a protein treatment might be right for you if you have used hair dye or other chemicals. Using hair color can sometimes alter the porosity of your natural hair, and a protein treatment would help restore the protein levels of your hair.
ORS Hair Mayonnaise
I purchased the ORS Hair Mayonnaise from Walmart for $6.99. My sister tried it and really liked the results, so I wanted to see how it worked for my hair. This hair mayonnaise claims is described as
- Rinse out, deep penetrating, moisturizing conditioning treatment for weak, damaged hair
- Helps stop breakage & repair damage
- Rejuvenates and renews weak fragile hair
It contains blends of whole egg and olive oil for rich moisture and strengthening. I added 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to help the mixture enter my hair cuticles.
In 4 large sections( plus one small section in the middle for the section I’m paying most attention to), I applied the protein treatment to each strand and slowly detangled the section at the same time. I also made sure to massage the treatment to the scalp to help stimulate blood flow. I twisted those sections and tied with hand bands and then covered with a plastic bag with a heated deep conditioning cap for about 30 minutes. You can have a heated deep conditioning experience without a deep conditioning cap by dipping a towel in hot water, wrapping your hair with it, and then putting another plastic bag over the towel. Adding the heat to your hair during treatments help to open the hair cuticule for a more intense and beneficial treatment.
After the 30 minutes were up, I rinsed the protein treatment out with warm water. My hair felt normal but more moisturized of course because of the rich ingredients applied to my hair. I plan to do this treatment at least once a month and then I’ll have some results as to how beneficial protein treatments are for my hair.
Overall, I liked the process of protein treatments and expect positive changes for my hair’s strength and especially for the crown of my hair. I liked the ORS hair mayonnaise and will continue to use it while adding different variations of oils to it.
Have you ever tried a protein treatment? What was your experience?