Personally, I go by how my hair feels when wet. If after I wash or cowash and it's extremely mushy and too soft, I may do a 2 minute reconstructer to bring my protein level back up or use a protein leave-in. If my hair feels extra hard then I would do a deep conditioning treatment. Having the proper Moisture/Protein Balance is key to healthy hair.
For those who do hard core protein treatments, you must always follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment to avoid any breakage.
Pull a strand of hair from different parts of your head...or if your like me and don't want to lose any extra hair..use your shed hair. If when you pull each side of the strand and it/its....
(Wet or Dry) Stretches slighty/returns to original length /no breaking= you are balanced just stick with maintaining
(Wet ot Dry) Stretching a little more than normal then breaks= more protein
(Wet or Dry)Stretching, stretching, stretching/no breakage yet= more protein
(Wet)- Weak, gummy, mushy, limp hair= more protein
(Wet or Dry) Very little/no stretching then breakage= more moisture
(Dry) Rough/tough/hard/tangly/brittle hair= more moisture
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