Stop Hair Breakage: Protein Treatment Tips

Question: Is it important to avoid protein in styling products?

Answer: From my perspective, yes it is. Protein should only be used when you condition your hair then rinse it out.

Question: I've read and reread your book and I have recently got your conditioner and spray in the mail. Tried the conditioner and I love the tingles of the peppermint oil. My question is about Aphogee treatment for damaged hair. I've tried this product only twice a few days after my relaxer and I like it, I think it’s helping to stop my breakage. I wanted to know if you have tried this product. If so do you use it before your relaxer or after as I have done? Do you think I have to wait every 6 weeks to use it?? Or could I use it more often. Can I follow it up with your conditioner?

Answer: Yes I have used Aphogee. I use it ONLY when I have severe breakage. You don’t want to use it all the time because your hair will be hard ALL the time. You can follow an Aphogee treatment with my conditioner but it is not recommended. After a protein treatment, you already have enough protein so don’t use UBH deep conditioner after a protein treatment. You now need oils to soften your hair so it is recommended you use the UBH Satin Crème moisturizer. You can use it before you relax your hair or after, or in between times. It is not necessary to wait 6 weeks to use it, use it when you have a lot of breakage to stop it immediately.

Question: My hair is relaxed and I am due for a retouch. When I comb my hair, I do have a lot of hair in the sink or on my shirt. The comb doesn't have hair in it though. I really can't determine what a lot of breakage is. Every time I comb my hair, hair is all over my clothes but not a whole lot. Do you think it is time?

Answer: If you have hair all over your sink, your clothes and your floor, your hair is breaking too much. You can get the retouch now but I would recommend you do a protein treatment to help stop some of that breakage.

Question: I would like to know if there is a product out there that will help my hair get thicker.

Answer: Protein is the only thing that will bond to your hair making it thicker. Try an Aphogee treatment and a good weekly protein conditioner to see if you can build the circumference of the hair. Protein is the only thing that will do this.

Question: Can too much protein be bad?

Answer: Not to my knowledge. If it is moisturized properly to soften afterwards, it could actually be a good thing. But to continually use it if your hair is not severely breaking, is a waste.

Question: I was writing you to see what brand of protein conditioner you use on your hair?

Answer: I use my Ultra Black Hair Conditioner. It has the necessary protein we need for regular maintenance.

Question: I Found a Sally's Hair supply and got the aphogee!! Yaaayy!! And I also got the conditioner and spray that I ordered from you. I used the deep conditioner and rinsed it many times to make sure it was all out, Then I sprayed it with your spray and got under my hooded dryer for a while ..Then I tied it back let my hair air dry the rest of the way while I slept to straighten it with the curlers in the morning. My hair fills a bit stiff. Did I do something wrong?

Answer: After the Aphogee you can skip the spray unless you are detangling because you need a moisturizer with a lot of oil in it. The moisturizer they offer with the Aphogee is not the best for our hair. UBH Satin Crème moisturizer is better. I put the Satin Creme on immediately after the Aphogee (kind of heavy for the next couple of days) A good crème moisturizer will soften the hair. Neither our Silky Spray moisturizer nor the Aphogee moisturizer have the oils required for softening.

Question: First was scared that I didn't rinse all the conditioner out but I was in the shower and I rinsed it so many times. It feels better now that I straightened it. I was just worried that I wasn't doing something right. ..I also brought the Aphogee moisturizer. Is that necessary?

Answer: No it is not necessary. I never buy their moisturizer - it is for hair that is not as dry as ours - we need the oils especially after protein and the Aphogee moisturizer does not have it.

Question: How long should I leave the Aphogee protein treatment on my hair? The directions say 2 minutes would you recommend it to stay on my hair longer?

Answer: You leave it on until it dries hard. If your directions say 2 minutes, you have the wrong product.

Question: In a response to a question, you recommended using protein treatments when nearing the time of touch-up to help reduce breakage. How does this type of treatment help/work? Is there a particular brand that I should try?-I use Apoghee but there are others out there too that will work. I just started using your dew and conditioner this week. I am overdue (about 1 1/2 weeks for touch-up and am also experiencing a lot of breakage).

Answer: Judging from your question, it appears you have perhaps chosen to only purchase the products and not the book. The book is a very vital part of the system and I recommend you get a copy to understand how protein works, as the chapter on conditioner explains this. Briefly, protein builds onto the hair, strengthening it. Protein stops breakage because it hardens the hair by strengthening. After protein treatments, you must moisturize a lot to make the hair that has been treated, soft. Please get a copy of the book for a more in depth understanding of this requirement.

Question: You mentioned in your hair tips something about using a protein treatment for damaged hair. What brand(s) do you recommend and when should it be applied?

Answer: The brand I recommend is Aphogee Treatment for damaged hair. It is applied when you have severe breakage and you need to stop it immediately.

Question: I once had a hairdresser who told me that too much protein will make your hair weak and brittle. I use to use a protein conditioner and she said that I shouldn't do that because it wasn't good for the hair to use constantly. So, I guess I'm asking you if there is such a thing as "too much protein?"

Answer: Not if you soften it with moisturizers. Remember where you got that information from. Sorry but hairdressers are not the most reputable people to get hair care information, if they were, there would have been no need for my research or books. Use protein but ensure your hair is moisturized to soften it. I have used protein regularly when I need it since I found its benefits in 1989. I have proven what I say and protein is a requirement.

Question: I would apply a crème moisturizer to my hair and let my hair air dry. I would press my hair and pin curl it. (Last week I used UBH conditioner and spray moisturizer along with Moisture Max Light, it's not greasy. This Friday I'll shampoo, treat my hair with Aphogee (I purchased the treatment for damaged hair, thanks for the advice) and condition with UBH conditioner (which I really enjoy!). I'll spray my hair with your spray let it dry naturally and flat iron or curl it. With the Aphogee treatment should I use it monthly?

Answer: Use Aphogee ONLY if you are having severe breakage. It is not needed monthly unless you have a lot of breakage. The UBH conditioner is what will keep your hair strong if used regularly.

Question: I am a little confused on buying product with protein. I read somewhere that too much protein can cause breakage on people with already dry hair and that protein should only be used after the relaxer. I brought a shampoo for dry damaged hair, with soy protein in it. I am a little scared a use it.

Answer: Danielle, remember that much that you read about our hair care is supplied by the industry and can be WRONG! I use protein as often as I need it. My conditioner has protein in it and I have experienced quite the opposite when the hair is kept moisturized, protein actually helps minimize breakage! Don’t waste money buying protein shampoos because the best benefits of protein come when it is used with a hooded dryer.

Question: I think my hair shaft can be repaired because I know that the hair on my head is dead but the new hair that is coming in is strong because it is not processed. My problem is once I process it, will this happen again?

Answer: If your hair is not regularly strengthened with protein, yes it will happen again.

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