Why I Always Use Coconut Oil With My Protein Reconstructor

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Coconut oil mixed with my protein reconstructor are my "go-to" combination when I'm due for a protein treatment. I apply my protein treatments once a week (typically on Sundays) on dry hair for 20 minutes with heat. Using protein on a weekly basis has assisted in my hair growing strong allowing me to retain length and increase the thickness of my hair. 

The reason why I frequently use Coconut oil, specifically on my dry hair, is because Coconut oil prevents hair damage - period!! Not only does Coconut oil smell so good, it stops protein loss, prevents split ends, reduces hygral fatigue, prevents breakage due to manipulation and it penetrates deep into the cortex to fortify and strengthen the hair! 

I mix 1-2 tsps of Extra Virgin Coconut oil along with 4-5 tbsp of my protein reconstructor to cover my hair from root to tip. Since I apply coconut oil to my dry hair, and then shampoo after, the Coconut oil naturally aids in preventing my hair from swelling and contracting when water is entering and leaving my hair shaft. It's absolutely one of my favourite penetrating oils. 

To make it even better, I like to add it to my protein reconstructors for double the benefits! So not only am I getting the benefits from my Coconut oil in preventing damage, my hair is also absorbing the Hydrolyzed Keratin protein from my reconstructor, which does a great job in strengthening my chemically processed strands against breakage!


What Oil + Conditioner (protein) combination works best for your hair? 

What do you mix with your Protein treatments? Let me know :)

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  1. Great idea of mixing the two. I never really mixed anything with my protein treatments. I have both products at home but never thought of combing the two. I'm getting back to the coconut oil thing to help thicken up my hair.Unfortunately, Its has gotten real thin but I am dedicated to getting it back on track.

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    1. Yes! The combination is great because it they both combat damage to the hair. I find that using coconut oil consistently not only helps thicken the hair but it also keeps your ends looking good in between trims.

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    2. Definitely start using coconut oil consistently. Got my big jar from amazon! Lol

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  2. Can this be used on wet hair as well? I love coconut oil and definitely include it in my hair regimen

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    1. Yes of course! I've used it on both wet and dry hair. I tend to use it on dry hair because it protects against protein loss in the hair when I shampoo/co-wash (hygral fatigue). I love Coconut oil too! Hope you like it.

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  3. Can this stay on the hair overnight?

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    1. I wouldn't recommend using a protein reconstructor overnight. It's really not necessary. It will make the hair very hard and dry. I suggest you use it for 15-20 minutes with heat and then follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner.

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  4. I live in the Caribbean and have very itchy scalp especially when I sweat and also has a few grays. What would you recommend I use?
    Also how often should I use the protein reconstructor?
    Thanks

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    1. For itchy scalp I would recommend a misting spray mixed with distilled water and aloe Vera juice. Aloe Vera juice will soothe the scalp. Also, apple cider vinegar rinses do a wonderful job at relieving itchy scalp and lowering the overal pH level.

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    2. You can use a protein reconstructor 1x/week or every 3 weeks. It's up to you. I highly recommend you do what feels best for you hair. Also, don't forget to follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner after.

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  5. I live for the Aphogee 2 min conditioner but never tried to use it on dry hair. Lately I've been doing my deep condition on dry hair w Cholesterol, argan oil, jbco and almond oil. I'm loving that mixture

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    1. That mixture sounds great. I love DC'ing on dry hair!! The results are always incredible.

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  6. Hi Sunshyne,
    Do you recommend doing this using a steamer instead of a hooded dryer?

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    1. Both are great options! As long as you're using heat your good.

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  7. Hi Sunshyne

    I noticed that you DC backwards - i.e. DC first on dry hair and then shampoo. Does the shampoo not strip all the goodness of the DC out of your hair?

    Secondly: once you have shampooed do you air dry and apply protein-based leave-ins

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    1. Yes, once a week I apply my protein to dry hair. My hair absorbs all the protein during my DC session therefore it doesn't get washed away. I don't apply protein based leave-ins to my hair as protein should typically be used during the deep conditioning phase to avoid hard hair.

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    2. Thanks. I will be sure to try that method out.

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  8. Hi Sunshyne and all other readers, I have been using Hollywood beauty mayonnaise moisturizng crème. It is a daily moisture that has egg protein listed in it's ingredients.

    My question is should this be used daily since it contains protein? Or is the protein amount too small to put my hair at risk for too much protein in the hair?.

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    1. There's a possibility that you may experience hard hair since the protein is left in the hair and not in the deep conditioning phase when it's rinsed out. If your hair is thriving and you're not experiencing any breakage, continue to use it.

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  9. Hey sunshyne. Is it OK to use the aphogee 2 min reconstructor immediately after I wash out my relaxer?

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