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    Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 9:23am
This confuses me.

When I didn't care about stretching/transitioning, I saw a thread on lhcf saying protein is important for stretchers because it keeps the demarcation line strong. Then on bhm and some lhcf threads, people are saying "moisture, moistur, moisture and only do a protein treatment if you HAVE to."



So which is it? Do I up the protein or up the moisture when stretching? I'm starting to get scared for my hair cus I keep flip-flopping!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 9:46am
I think you need to listen to YOUR hair to determine what you need. 

There is no ONE set way.  When you try to do what works for someone else (and its not what your hair needs) it will be be a disaster.  So I couldn't tell you if its moisture or protein you need.

As a general rule... In theory protein should strengthen the hair.
But thats not the be all, end all.

If I used all that protein, my hair would be hard as a brick.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 9:48am
I believe in regular protein. I was using regular protein in the beggining of my journey and someone told me to only use it when I need it (if hair is breaking) and i had lots of breakage and i got back to regular protein.

I made a thread about this. why wait until you have major problems to try to fix it? I believe in protein (reconstructors) once per week for relaxed heads and biweekly for naturals if not protein sensitive but if so then monthly at best.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 9:57am
iTA with slay
 
i use protein weekly regardless of how far into my stretch i am b/c i have a tendency to be over-moisturized...it really depends on your hair + it's condition
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:10am
Originally posted by Nichole23 Nichole23 wrote:

I think you need to listen to YOUR hair to determine what you need. 

There is no ONE set way.  When you try to do what works for someone else (and its not what your hair needs) it will be be a disaster.  So I couldn't tell you if its moisture or protein you need.

As a general rule... In theory protein should strengthen the hair.
But thats not the be all, end all.

If I used all that protein, my hair would be hard as a brick.


Co-signing!!  IMO, once hair is balanced with moisture and protein it makes stretching a lot easier.  True, the line of demarcation needs special attention, as there are two textures to deal with.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:11am
Thanks guys. My hair seems to respond badly to almost everything, so idk how it'll cope with protein.

thatnychhick: if my hair is breaking BADLY (like really, really badly) and idk why, is this where protein comes in? Should I start upping when my condition's dismal?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:11am
Originally posted by slayfresh slayfresh wrote:

I believe in regular protein. I was using regular protein in the beggining of my journey and someone told me to only use it when I need it (if hair is breaking) and i had lots of breakage and i got back to regular protein.

I made a thread about this. why wait until you have major problems to try to fix it? I believe in protein (reconstructors) once per week for relaxed heads and biweekly for naturals if not protein sensitive but if so then monthly at best.


Cosigning!!  I am SMH about you been informed, to only use protein if your hair starts breaking.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:14am
I feel special getting a cosign from claudie, lol.
flat iron if your hair is breaking that badly do a protein treatment asap followed by a DC
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:24am
Yep I'd have to agree with Slay as well....I use protein on the regular and my hair is doing soooo much better!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 31 2009 at 10:26am

As Nichole said, listen to YOUR hair.... what works for one, won't work for everyone.  When in doubt, use moisture.  Assess your hair periodically to see which one is needed and remember it is easier to recover from a moisture overload than a protein overload.

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