Protein Convert Over Here!

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Yup, it’s true. I am a believer now. My hair feels so much stronger and the shedding has decreased drastically. Literally, I had my hair down a few weeks back when I went to work, and had hair coming out left and right. It was never-ending and I knew it just wasn’t normal as I couldn’t touch my hair without pulling away multiple strands of shed hair (and they were sheds, I inspect for the bulb;).

Now, after two ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor treatments (see my review here), I may lose 2 or 3 strands when I take down my updos at night. I just wish that I had learned how to properly use protein sooner as I might have kept a lot more hair on my head! Hindsight is 20/20, right?

Anywho, I’m doing some research now as I’ve yet to find any scientific evidence to support that OVER-moisturized hair could result in excessive shedding. However, I know my own head of hair, and I know that my shedding decreased after the protein treatments. I also know that my hair was feeling very soft and now it feels stronger and able to withstand manipulation a lot better. I even noticed that my hair isn’t snagging on my brush when I’m smoothing my edges like it was immediately prior to the treatments. So, I’m wondering if there is an ingredient (or ingredients) in ApHogee, other than protein, that could be responsible for this effect? The bottle did indicate that it soothes an irritated scalp. As an irritated scalp can result in excessive shedding and this treatment is touted to have something to combat that, that is where I’ll be directing my “research” and investigative skills. I found this thread on Long Hair Care Forum that poses the question, does OVER moisturized hair cause excessive shedding and does protein help stop shedding? The overwhelming consensus seems to be that there is no scientific evidence to support this premise … and some even call it ludicrous, essentially. Therefore, I think I’ll direct my search more towards how protein or other ingredients in this particular ApHogee treatment may affect the scalp. My logic leads me to hypothesize that something is causing the scalp to tighten around the follicle, whether it is somehow due to clarification of product residue, “hard” water and/or hardening of the hair strand. So, I’ll have to see if I can find anything to prove (or disprove) this theory.

Things that make you go, “Hmmmmmm … .”

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Do you use protein conditioning treatments? If so, which one(s)? Do you notice a decrease in shedding (differentiate from decrease in breakage) after use? 

(I’m hoping to be able to identify some common ingredients in protein treatments that appear to reduce shedding to further focus my research! So, thanks for any and all feedback!)

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  1. Yes, I use Nexxus Emergencee and it is wonderful. Use this product as directed along with the other Nexxus products suggested on their website, and breakage and shedding is stopped in their tracks. I only use it once every three to four months and it always works. A stylist recommended Nexxus products to me years ago and though I’m a bit of a PJ I always go back to Nexxus products to get my hair healthy again.

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  2. I’ve always heard that over moisturize hair is more prone to shedding as well. It’s soft and mushy and weak. I don’t know the science behind it either.

    A friend once suggested alternating moisturizing and protein conditioners weekly. I used to do it on my relaxed hair and it was wonderful. I probably should try it on my natural hair. Aphogee was my favorite too. Some people suggest ORS Hair Mayonaise.

    Remember too much of a good thing can become bad. Balance is the key.

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  3. I use Aubrey Organics GPB but the one that’s rosemary and peppermint because the plain one smells like medicine! I use it as a deep conditioner before I wash my hair. I still see shedding but this might have to do with the fact that I only detangle when I wash so all the hair that I would have lost if I brushed, combed, whatever during the week comes out in that one sitting. Who knows!? I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and that’s why I bought it and I can’t complain, but there might be better options out there. I’m just trying to stick with what seems to be working.

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  4. I find that when I stopped using products with a lot of protein and really focused on my henna treatment, my hair looked and felt better. I will continue using protein but make sure that I balance the use of the products with protein with products that have more moisturizing agents. I may try the protein treatment later, but I want to find out how my hair reacts to certain combinations of products before I do that. Great post.

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  5. I used ION Reconstructive Treatment on my hair at I did notice a decrees in hair loss. I recently started using ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment (with my own DC, not theirs) and my hair did stop breaking, but not shedding. I can see how overconditioning can cause breakage, but I don’t see how it can increase shedding.

    I think I will try the ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor when I’m done with this 4 oz bottle.

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