More Info about Moisture/Protein Balance- Getting Deep Into it! Part D
I'm Balanced- Now What?
Now once your hair is balanced and the breakage has minimized you can try to maintain the balance for as long as you can by interchanging your products. It doesn't have to be on a particular schedule. It is a constant struggle to balance these two. Ladies, I remember when I first started trying to get a growth regimen going- I planned out all my treatments on the calendar. Now, I've found that this method just doesn't work. Sometimes you need more protein, sometimes none at all. Sometimes its more moisture! You have to listen to your hair to know what do when. So you could say, I'll use protein every other week...but what do you do when your hair decides hey! I want to act brittle and dry and break (a sign of too much protein) the week you are due for more protein? Balance is the word! You'll know how to handle it as you gain experience.
WHEW! And that's only the tip of the iceberg of what I've been cooking up over here. I know its long, but I sincerely hope this helps! If even one person benefits, it will have served its purpose.
Okay-- Here is the product breakdown. This list is by no means exhaustive, but its a good start. It'll help you see which side you've been leaning on product wise and which side you need to incorporate products from to achieve your balance. Please feel free to help me add products if you don't see one you use up here- and help me put them in their proper placements. I've included strength indicators for most of the protein products- but those are only based on my hair and what I have used. If you've used a protein product, make sure you indicate the strength so that can be added too! If see something and you think its on the wrong side, let me know!
Types of Protein Products:
Specialty Treatments Nexxus Emergencee (moderate) Nexxus Keraphix (moderate) Aphogee 2 Min Keratin Recon. (mild/moderate) Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair (heavy) LeKair Cholesterol (mild/moderate) Dudley�s DRC Motions CPR(mild/moderate) ORS Mayo (moderate) Elucence Extended Moisture Repair KeraCare 5 n 1 Joico K-Pac (mild) Elasta Qp Anti Breakage serum Protein Conditioners Motions Moisture Silk Protein conditioner Mane N Tail (shampoo) Aubrey Organics GPB Mane N tail (moderate/heavy) Garnier Fructis Long N Strong (mild) AtOne Botanicals Reconstructor w/ Moisture Recovery* (light) Any Instant Conditioner like Suave and V05 (light/mild) Got2B Soft 1 Minute Emergency (light/mild) Rusk Sensories 60 second Revive ORS replenishing pak (light/mild) Protein Moisturizers Cantu Shea Butter Break Cure Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Elasta QP Mango Butter Profectiv Mega Growth and Healthy Ends Protein Leave Ins: Infusium 23 Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Salerm 21(moisture w/ protein) Nexxus Headress (moisture w/protein) Mane N Tail (Conditioner can also be used as leave in) Profectiv Break Free Leave In *So light, this can double as a moisturizing conditioner.
Types of Moisturizing Products:
*Note* Some of the products listed as moisturizing do contain small amounts of protein�but in my opinion, their moisturizing abilities override any protein overuse concerns. Moisture-Based Conditioners Cr�me of Nature Nourishing Conditioner Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner Nexxus Humectress Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner Dove Intense Moisture Neutragena Triple Moisture Daily Conditioner Neutragena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask??? Elucence Moisture Balancing conditioner Keracare Humecto Mizani Moisturefuse Moisture-Based Moisturizers ORS olive oil ORS carrot oil S-Curl StaSoFro Hollywood Beauty Carrot and Olive Oil Most Braid Sprays *moisturizing leave ins can be used as waterbased moisturizers- especially cr�me based ones) Moisturizing Leave Ins: Neutragena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave in Profectiv Anti-Tangle Leave In