Let’s analyze the following statement — protein will help you to stretch your relaxer. This recommendation was given to me by a healthy hair enthusiast after learning I’m looking to continue my stretch indefinitely. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this or have been told this in previous times but it fell on deaf ears. It’s a new day, a new me, a new focus so I accept the recommendation but I want to hear your thoughts on this topic.
I understand protein helps hair hold moisture and typically speaking, dryness is a huge issue for stretchers. However, my new growth tends to behave so long as I don’t let it get too dry. This is resolved with twice a week regimens.
- Regimen 1 is the all out bang out with shampoo & deep conditioner (30 mins).
- Regimen 2 is done mid-week with co-cleanser & deep conditioner (15 mins).
Sometimes I’ll skip co-cleansing and dry deep condition only (30 mins).
I know protein helps to strengthen the line of demarcation to minimize the weakness of where the two textures meet. However, my line of demarcation breakage is reasonable so long as I don’t manipulate overly wet hair.
My protein application method: I never use protein on my new growth since it’s already strong, thus no need to make it stronger. I apply protein from the line of demarcation to the ends.
How do you apply your protein when relaxer stretching?
What are you views on protein lengthening the relaxer stretch?
Do you increase your protein use while stretching?