My Protein Story - Maybe it will help you
I have been natural since Oct 2008. It was not until May 2011 that I realized something was up with my hair. By this time, I had experienced wonderful growth. But the crown of my head was so frizzy and my 4a-4b curls were lifeless. Someone suggested I try a protein treatment, which I did only only once, and everything was great. About the same time, I started to henna once a month. I went in for a trim and was devasted to find out that I needed to get rid of about 3 inches of split, broken, jacked up ends. In the 2 1/2 years of being natural, I was so focused on moisture, I completly ignored my hair's need for protein. I have since realized that I acutally need more protein than most ( imo). I have started to do a PT every 2 weeks along with my henna once a month. I cannot believe the amount of sheding and breakage I have now (virtually none) compared to before. I thought the handfuls of hair I would throw away after detangling was normal. What a waste!! But I guess that is all part of the journey.