For those ladies that are up on my journey- you know that when I am asked what the biggest mistake I’ve made as a natural, I only have one answer:
“Not using ANY protein products for the first 3 months of my journey.”
Dumb, dumb, DUMB! Our hair is made of keratin (protein)- and with styling and age, it loses keratin, and you MUST replenish it with regular treatments or risk ‘over moisturizing’- and then you’re in breakage city (population: 1).
Early in my journey, I read somewhere that protein causes breakage- so I avoided it like the plague. And its only partially true! After ANY protein treatment you have to deep condition your hair- because you’ve strengthened it, and you don’t want it to be hard, and snap off.
After those 3 months of no protein, I ran out a bought a hardcore treatment, made by Aphogee, and that stopped my breakage immediately. Since then, I’ve sworn by Aphogee as my protein of choice- see here.
Well, not anymore ladies.
Enter- Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner!
This product is a favorite of MANY famous natural (HairCrush on YouTube is one!) and I picked it up months ago, on a mini hunt for a new deep conditioner. I didn’t like it as a DC- something about using the protein rich product last in my regimen, made my hair feel hard- so I put it in my reject product bin- never to be seen again!
Until I read this article by the awesome Shelli Gillis of Hairscapades. In it, she details her wash regimen, and explains how she uses GPB before her wash process as a pre-poo! GENIUS!
I have always used olive oil to finger detangle, and prepoo on wash days- but with longer hair (woot!)- its less effective, and I need a product with more ‘slip.’
GPB WAS PERFECT!
Not only was my detangling, and shed hair removal process problem free- but post wash (I prepooed for 1.5 hrs), my hair was stronger, shinier, and felt exactly as it should- perfect protein/moisture balance!
I was so hype, I immediately ran to Instagram to share with you ladies, and you’ll never guess who commented on my love of GPB:
Shelli from Hairscapades! Lol- if that’s not a sign from the universe that I’ve stumbled on something great, I don’t know what is!
You can pick up a bottle of Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner here or at your local Whole Foods.
How do you incorporate protein in your hair diet, Curlies?