Wash Day | Disastrous Protein Treatment

What’s good, everyone? As you can tell from the title of this post, my wash day didn’t go too well. 🙁 I know the major reason it went so poorly, which I will explain later on. My hair has been shedding and breaking a bit. I knew that my hair wasn’t dry. In fact, it felt over moisturized. I realized that I hadn’t done hard protein treatment in a long while, so I figured this wash day would be as good a time as any. Here’s how it went.

(1) Detangling and Pre-poo: Using four sections, I gently detangled and applied a warm mixture of  hemp seed oil and coconut oil. Then, I wrapped my with cling film and used my conditioning cap for 30 minutes.

(2) Shampoo: I used Dark and Lovely 3 in 1 Shampoo. For the first wash, I used diluted shampoo in an applicator bottle and rinsed over the bathtub. For the second wash, I used the regular shampoo over the bath tub. I clarified in order for my hair to be clean enough for the treatment to adhere.

(3) Protein treatment: I towel dried and applied step 1 of the Aphogee 2-step protein treatment to my hair. I used a blow dryer to dry the treatment in my hair. My hair wasn’t in sections, which I think started the issues with my hair. 🙁 I rinsed over the tub and I did not disturb it until hair could move. Towel dried and applied step 2 (Balancing Moisturizer) for 2 minutes and rinsed again. I also used my Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner to further soften my hair. Rinsed and finger deteangled. This is when I really noticed the tangles.

(4) Deep condition: I used Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment  mixed with Lavender JBCO and jojoba oil to deep condition with heat for 30 minutes. I kept the deep conditioner on for another 30 minutes without heat.

(5) Rinse and Leave-ins:  Rinsed with cool water and used a t-shirt to dry for about 10 minutes. I applied my leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and African Naturalistas Leave-in) plus the Mane n’ Tail detangler and detangled each section with my seamless comb. Detangling took FOREVER because of all the tangles. I lost so much hair. I spent over an hour detangling my hair. It was terrible.

Giant hair ball of shame

Giant hair ball of shame

(6) Styling: I roller set my hair and allowed it to air dry over night. My hair wasn’t dry by morning so dried for about 15 minutes. I removed each roller and “dusted” the ends. After I dusted a few sections, I would pin curl them to keep it out of the way. Afterwards, I removed the pin curls and applied my castor oil mix to my scalp.


This wash day was terrible and I know why I had so many problems. (1) I washed my hair over the tub, which I never do. I usually hop in and out of the shower for wash days. When I wash my hair over the sink/tub, I have a difficult time maintaining my sections. I was watching YouTube videos of people washing their hair over the sink with no problems. I was feeling myself a bit too much and thought I could join in. WRONG!


I was feeling myself a bit too much.

(2) Lack of sections + over 3 months of new growth + protein treatment = meshing and matting of my hair a.k.a disaster 😯

The detangling was terrible and my hair feels so much thinner now. I need to regroup and figure out how I can recover from this setback. The one good thing is that I can feel my curls/coils/kinks?  in my new growth. Before the treatment, my new growth felt very, very soft and didn’t have any structure. Do you have any suggestions for how I can recover? I can’t use any braids or sew-ins because the braids end up destroying my hairline. It doesn’t matter how gentle it is. I may revisit the wig I had made but I’m concerned about blending the leave out. All I know, is that I need to leave my hair alone for a bit.

Have you ever had a setback? How did you bounce back from it?

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