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Maintaining the Moisture Protein Balance in Your Natural Hair

hair moisture for faster growth
It is of the utmost importance that you learn to balance protein and moisture in your hair. Without maintaining this balance your hair will become susceptible to breakage.

Let’s first start with defining what a moisturizer actually is!

In order for something to be a moisturizer it MUST HAVE WATER. Which means oils, greases, and butters are not moisturizers, they are sealants, so in other words they help to keep moisture in your hair but they are not moisturizers.

LOC Method for hair moisture

When you moisturize you want to follow 3 basic steps, using the LOC (Liquid. Oil. Creme.) method for moisture:

  1. Moisturize with water or a water based product (you can let the steam from the shower moisturize your hair or use a water based leave in conditioner solution)
  2. Seal the moisture in with an oil (Coconut oil is good for this, as it has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft.)
  3. Use a creme to seal in the other two underlying layers for extra moisture

Since the ends of your hair are the oldest part they are the most weathered portion that is often lacking in moisture. Every time you moisturize your hair, show your ends a lot of love they need it!

Only you can determine the frequency of how often you moisturize your natural hair. You may feel that moisturizing daily, every other day, or every week works for you, it all varies from person to person. There are also other factors that play into this.

Your Hair Needs Protein Too

Hair is composed of keratin which is a protein. When your hair gets damaged it loses protein, which is why protein treatments are helpful for strengthening your hair. Quality protein treatments, like Aphogee 2 Step protein treatment only need to be implemented every six weeks. Always follow the instructions for protein treatments and do not implement too frequently or this can make your hair too stiff and brittle.

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55 thoughts on “Maintaining the Moisture Protein Balance in Your Natural Hair”

    1. No, I would not do a protein treatment on a child’s hair. You can use natural products that have healthy proteins and nutrients in them, but I would not recommend a protein treatment that is professional strength too much for a young child.

  1. I had my last relaxer July 2014 and have been totally natural for about 9 months. Loving the discovery of my natural curl pattern and learning new ways of styling have been wonderful for me UNTIL… I decided to go Beyonc√© and get major color. A total mistake because after one week of lifting my entire head from very dark brown to “light brownish”and getting A LOT of light ash highlights, my hair has become very thin with noticeable breakage. The hair stylist did an Aphogee treatment after the color service and I noticed my hair was very dry and flying away as she was blowing it dry, but she said it was normal for the hair to initially shed a little. Well, it continued to shed to the point that I think I am now going to have to do a big chop, which I avoided during my transition period from relaxed hair. I am truly devastated and don’t know what other recourse to take related to my damaged, dissolving tresses!!! I’ve since done a moisture treatment and started using coconut oil again after transitioning to jojoba oil recently. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Aphogee protein treatment is actually used as a last resort on the hair by hair stylists. The protein was meant to strengthen what was frail and apparently it couldn’t do enough…so sorry.
      I learned this from a woman named Aeliese, co-founder and licensed cosmetologist of the 30DayHairDetox. They can help you get your hair back on the right track, because color when done right should NOT be damaging. They have a lot of information on their facebook page and you can also message directly.

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