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Monday, April 20, 2015

First Impressions: Komaza Protein Hair Strengthener

Hello lovelies! I am back with a review of a product that has quickly earned its way back into my hair rotation. At the beginning of this year, I determined that I needed to incorporate more protein into my regimen. I have noticed that a lot of relaxed heads, myself included, have been taking care of their hair the same way that natural ladies do....meaning that their regimens are moisture heavy but lacking in protein. 2015 has been my year to right this issue in my regimen so weekly protein treatments (followed by a moisturizing DC) have been an absolute must for me. In my search for the perfect protein treatment, I saw that the Komaza Protein Hair Strengthener was being mentioned numerous times on LHCF. I figured that if it was getting praised that much, it must be a great product and decided to purchase it. I haven't looked back since.

Enough of my rambling, let's get down the the review!

Price: $15 for 8 oz+ shipping at

Ingredients: Distilled water, aloe vera, behentrimonium methosulfate, hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed silk protein, hydrolyzed collagen, jojoba protein, wheat protein, gluconolactone and sodium benzoate (natural preservative).

Their Claims (per the website): Designed to mend split ends and control hair breakage by strengthening weak areas in the hair shaft. Protein is also vital to having and retaining great moisture.

This treatment should be followed with a deep conditioner. For damaged hair use once weekly. To stop breakage use once weekly. Once breakage has stopped use once every 2-4 weeks. Can be used on all hair textures.

I cannot sing enough praises for this product!! When I initially purchased the product (end of January/beginning of February), I used this product bi-weekly (alternating with the Aphogee 2-Minute Keratin Reconstructor on my off weeks) and I immediately noticed a difference. I used the protein strengthener immediately following my shampoo, right before my (moisturizing) DC for a period of 30 minutes. The bottle instructs the user to use this product without heat and without a plastic cap...which is what I do. I noticed that immediately my hair felt stronger and surprisingly softer. Well maybe the softness is not so surprising. This product contains behentrimonium methosulfate and aloe vera- which are ingredients which help with the whole moisturizing thing. Additionally, my hair responded very well to whatever moisture I gave it.

Eventually, I decided to use this product weekly. While my hair was stronger, I was still noticing some breakage. Using the product weekly, I'm noticing the same results I achieved before. However, I will say that my breakage has decreased significantly. As a result, I have been using the protein strengthener with every wash and will continue to do so until my breakage subsides.

Even though $15 seems like a lot for 8 oz of product, I have to say that this product is very thick and creamy and a little bit definitely goes a long way. It is the end of April and I still have enough product left to last for another 3, maybe 4 washes. The protein strengthener is white in color and has a very tropical, coconutty smell. So, if you find yourself sensitive to scents or just don't like the smell of coconut, you may want to steer clear of the product.

Bottom Line: Solid, solid product from Komaza!! A definite must for any relaxed girl's head!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April (Hair) Musings/Ramblings

Happy Sunday lovelies!

It's a rainy Sunday here in Greenville and since today was my wash day, I have been thinking about the progress of my hair so far. I have had a lot on my mind about things that I want to try, upcoming hair plans, etc and I decided to share them all with you.

1) Weekly protein is a must for my hair. I am noticing that my hair responds so much better with it. My hair hangs on to whatever moisture I give it a lot better. I'm also noticing that my new growth responds well to the added protein too. My hair is super easy to comb through on wash days and forms nice little curls when dry. I also suspect that I am retaining length. As of right now, my hair is drawn up a lot because I am at least 16 weeks post. However, when I stretch my hair a bit, it looks to be around MBL. Only a relaxer and a length check will verify my suspicions. And speaking of relaxers....

2) I have no clue on how long I want to stretch. Initially, the goal was to wait until the first week of May to relax but as of right now, I don't even feel like doing that. I found a hairstyle that I love (twist outs!!) and I know that style looks a lot better on my head with some new growth. Also, I'm thinking about getting box braids (weather is about to heat up....yall know that's traditionally braid season for me). There really wouldn't be a point in getting a relaxer only to get braids. Oh decisions decisions.

3) I'm really starting to wonder how my hair would respond if I used one line exclusively. I know product lines were designed to work together but I'm really interested in seeing if it would benefit my hair. I'm strongly considering using the Komaza line exclusively to see how my hair reacts. My hair adores their protein treatment and I really want to find out if my hair will respond just as positively to other products.

4) It feels good to be back on a weekly hair regimen again. I mean this is self explanatory. However, I'm finding that my hair time provides a break from the hustle and bustle of my daily life. It gives me an outlet that I sorely missed in 2014.

Anyway, that's it! 2015 has been spent getting back into the groove of things and my hair is responding once again. I can't wait to actually do a length check to see what my progress has been so far!