|"Platform" Flat Iron with 1" plates|
In my no heat challenge video I explained that I would be straightening my hair and doing a length check in February. Then I will see if giving my hair a break from the heat resulted in more length retention. Now that the day is fast approaching, I've been thinking of ways to fortify my hair so that it will be ready for the heat. My first thought was to use the Aphogee 2 Step protein treatment because it is known for it's ability to strengthen the hair. I've been experiencing some breakage though so I thought maybe I would address that issue first before doing such a strong treatment.
|Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment for|
extra protection against heat and breakage
Whenever I had dryness or breakage before, I always did moisturizing deep treatments twice a week until the issue was resolved. After that, I would go back to once per week. In that fashion, I deep conditioned last week using Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, for moisture, under a hooded dryer for about 30 minutes. A few days later, I co-washed and then used the new Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong version. I would consider this conditioner a light protein treatment. I wanted to alternate the moisture and protein treatments for balance. Thankfully the Aussie conditioner also gave excellent slip so detangling was a breeze.
This week I still may do the Aphogee 2 step treatment but then, the day before straightening, I plan on doing nothing but moisture. For this, I revisited an old video by Patchouli85 where she explains how to deep condition with coconut oil for moisture and honey for shine. It's a pre-poo treatment so you end up washing it out before using the heat. The last time I did it my hair was so shiny and soft. That's exactly what my hair needs.
It's so funny how right now the best thing for my hair is what I started doing at the beginning of my hair journey. I'm just glad that I'm finally getting back on the right track.