Protein Shots For Your Ends To Aid In Length Retention

Black woman with long natural hair moisture in the roots protein on the endsWe run hair stories and interviews for a number of reasons; it feels great to share if you are the individual who is sharing, and it is just plain interesting to see what another person is doing with her hair, not to mention getting inspired and learning a thing or two.

Well we have a confession. Someone taught us something and we thought it was just brilliant and worth reiterating! Remember Yahya?

She was the girl sporting hip length relaxed hair and had a ton of knowledge about how her hair worked, and a not so typical approach to caring for it.

There was a portion of her interview that created all kinds of flashing light bulbs in our heads but it was kind of genius. Read it again.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Sarah Juchemich

Just be careful not to over use protein! The protein can work so well it seals the hair cuticle so well allowing no moisture in -resulting in brittle hair that breaks. The opposite of what all curly girls want. A little bit is awesome especially on those protein depleted ends- but too much of a good thing can work against you. Don’t go crazy thinking more is better.


I couldn’t agree more. Before my regimen now, I was scared of using protein because of how it made my hair feel, but after playing with different products and trying different methods I’ve learned that my hair loves protein in moderation so I don’t think I need to layer but to continue in to be persistent with my protein treatments…

Lisa Dennis Carter

I never needed all this type of sh*t to grow hair and I thank god for that

ShuReyrah Pln

Says a person who’s up on every post! #smdh

Not everyone is as lucky as you are Lisa. Most of us have to work hard for our length.

Tamiko Beckwith

It’s good to do a protein pack every other month with eggs and mayo for 15 minutes

Leandra Mauricio

this thing not work for mi, i dont need this things thank god i have **very good “4c hair”**. this protain cose mi breakage noooo i just do this 2 and my hair hates it…so.. i back to hod school (dax pomade and olive oil) and mi hair is happy again growing like crazy and strong and healthy as always was <3 it 🙂

R Brown
R Brown

This article was exactly the type of info I needed right now. I have been transitioning for 7 months and my relaxed ends are thinning out at the line of demarcation. I am willing to try this out to stretch my transition before I chop off the relaxed ends.. Thanks for this article. Brilliant!

Sheila Gaylon Barnett

Protein is a great tool for strengthen the hair, however it shouldn’t be over used because of it’s chemical structure tendency to cause the hair to become dry and brittle. Using a quality moisturizer that has more aqua and essential oils will help. Be careful if you try it at home, always consult a professional hair stylist for the best product line for your hair.

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baby cake

When I had a professional color service done to my hair; I experienced a lot of sheading even bald spots. I did an Aphogee Protein treatment every 6 weeks; it stopped the sheading and did protective styling for one year. My hair grew back. I do a henna treatment every 4-6 weeks with much success.

Valerie Wilson

This works great for me. Most professional stylist have no clue what they are doing. If they did we all would not be on a hair journey. Smh

Pamela Hernandez-Jones
Pamela Hernandez-Jones

I agree Valerie Wilson. I have been transitioning since December, 2012 and I have visited with 3 different professional stylists and left the salon worst than I arrived. My hair was much healthier before using their color, etc. services. I have been researching and following natural hair blogs to help with my journey.


I guess I am one of the lucky ones. My stylist has asked about the products and my regimen for my hair. She has seen the progress and when I have her relax or style my hair, once every three months, she comments how healthy my hair is and tells me to keep up the good work. That’s why I call her the “Master Stylist”; she really is!!!!

Sharon Williams-Lester

Being of mixed race don’t hurt either

Sharon Williams-Lester

True Valerie, some professionals don’t focus on the health of your hair, only style and getting you out so they can wait on the next client.


that is true Sharon all they think about is money not your hair which is bedazzling to me because you would think they want you to come back, I’ve had a bad experience with a product I got from the hair show in Atlanta call GK (global keratin) broke my hair off and a beautician put it in guess she didn’t know maybe how to put it in or what it would do to your hair anyway she never once treated my hair back to health that’s why I think they should go to classes to update there skill like doctors need too.

Lisa Dennis Carter

What happened to good old fashioned hair grease and brush & water? Old school

Marie Veal

To much of anything is bad for you… Protein is great when needed but if over used it can make the hair brittle and break …. Always work from the inside out …. All that you put in comes out !!!!

Janice T. Johnson

I do my avocado mask, proceed with Co washing, then deep condition with shea moisture. Lastly, my redken anti snap. That is the truth. I apply that all over.

Valerie Johnson

I stopped using my flat iron completely and my hair grew at record speed…my hair is permed…this is 5 weeks post perm so it’s closer to its natural thickness…it was just at shoulder length from January of this year…I wash my hair every day even though some say we shouldn’t wash our hair that often…I do…I blow dry and use a curling iron daily too…sorry not good at following “rules” lol…

Panama M America

i wash daily as well and clarify and DC on fridays. However, i am too scared to use styling tools more than twice a yr. workout 7days a week and sweat hard. can’t just not wash my hair and feel clean. my hair ,scalp is fine and thriving. LCO daily .


I just checked out both the conditioners mentioned in this article and found them on Amazon at what I would say a “reasonable” price for what I need. You can get either product for $12.99 – $19.99 with both of them being new and not used – eww. I’m placing an order for the Redken because the cold Wisconsin weather can wreck havoc on hair. Thank you for this article Emily.

Shay Shay
Shay Shay

My hair is relaxed.This has been helping me a bunch! I find that as my hair gets longer, it requires a little more protein on the ends. This helps keep them strong. I just use a protein based moisturizer on the ends and add a tad bit of glycerin. Simple yet effective. I enjoyed the article.

La Shonda Black

Too much protein can dry your hair out…stop trying to do your own hair

Tanya Stinson

Yeah now that’s good looking good i washed my children hair everyday too it was healthy good luck

Mia Eubanks
Mia Eubanks

Ok. I’d like to try this. I have a question. Do you put the leave in in after or before your oils and creams?

Ep Ife Ny

Moisture with oil or Shea butter daily to protect ends from breakage. If u sprits the hair with pure water your hair cuticles will absorb the moisturizer more easily and prevent split ends and breakage.

Ep Ife Ny

Build of oils and grease on the scalp just clogs the scalp pores and prevents new growth. Our hair has its own natural grease (sebum) avoid any moisture to scalp and use protective styling. Cowash the hair twice a month.

Akilah Smith

La Shonda sometimes doing your Own hair is better than going to a salon. And not everyone has salon money either so learning your own hair is better and cheaper


This article was a great read, although I don’t think I need to “layer the protein” for my hair it totally makes sense because most of us do have different textures and curl patterns. I learned a few months ago how much my hair loves protein (but in moderation). I do my weekly protein treatment (aphogee keratin and sometimes the 2 step) and follow up with a deep condish. For moisturizing and sealing I like the Cantu shea butter products and coconut oil…

It’s funny how something simple can change your hair. I love you protein you’re my hero <3 lol :))

Bobbie Fletcher

Mix protein/ moisturizer.There’s your balance.

Jenelle B.
Jenelle B.

But what if you’re natural with no heat damage and is chemical free but you want to do this to retain more length especially if you wear more out styles more often?

Emily CottonTop

Janelle, this is meant for all hair types, I am natural, no chemical treatments whatsover and I do this often because for me I like to keep my ends strong so I tend to use more protein on them than other areas of my head. I do use protein all over my hair but on a daily or every 2 day basis I will spritz a little of my protein based leave in on the ends of my hair and seal them up. Layering protein is really great for hair generally and also since you mentioned out styles, then you might need a more on your ends then too. When your ends are exposed they go through more wear and tear than if they were constantly tucked away.

Lisa Truly Blessed Hawthorne

Which proteins are best for hair?

Tammie Faulkner Taylor

I like this article. My hair broke off from too much protein/infusium 23.

Serenity Bliss

infusium23 has silicons in it which causes your hair to dry out

Cheetara Csfinnels
Cheetara Csfinnels

This does make since! I am definitely up for trying. My problem will be trying to figure out the right amount to use and not over do it.

Odessa Patton

My hair hates protein-infused products! 🙁 Must have enough then, actually. I love the results of others’

Bethany J Thomas

If my hair will look like that,no thanks.

Tawanda Lck

The last couple articles – I have not been able to go to page 2. I can only read what’s on page 1 from my phone.

Hmm, I just tried on an iPhone and android and it works fine. Restart your browser perhaps?

Rhumel Anderson

I had the same problem initially. I went out and came back in. I then had no problem.

Tawanda Lck

Yeah. It worked when I went back in but it doesn’t always.

Bernadette Maame Gyamfuah Addy-Bennett

….or go all da way down to da last paragraph, u see a number 1 and a number 2, 3, etc click on each one 2 take u 2 dat page number

Tawanda Lck

When I click on the other page numbers, it never goes to that page.
I tried again later and it worked.

Jewelz Jew-Jew Saunders Cda

I learned to moisture and seal by placing light oil coverage, them misting, and then apply moisturizer, and seal with oil.

The oil was protein coconut or avacado