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Cheap protein-containing alternative to Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut?

This product is working well for me, & I love the price.

But I hate coconut! I hate to eat it, I hate to smell it, I don't even like to think about it. Blech.

I want something with protein, though, & I believe this is the only conditioner in this line that has it.

Any recommendations for a cheap-o drugstore brand I can substitute?

Thanks.
My properties
Fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity

Leave-in Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut; looking for a replacement for the no-longer-CG Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
Gel Looking for a replacement for the discontinued LAL blue gel. Also thinking I need a low- or no-humectant gel for high-dew days, but haven't figured that one out.

Comments

  • BearBear Posts: 23Registered Users
    I haven't tried it (yet!) but I know that the Nourish conditioner from Trader Joe's has protein in it. And if it's like the other hair products from TJ, it will smell great and be super cheap :) (like ~$2-3)
    fine, 2c
    just doin my wavy thang :glasses1:

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  • mesuemesue Posts: 244Registered Users
    I think the Giovanni TTTT has protein. The Renpure Organics in the red bottle has protein and is around $7. It has been BOGOF at Walgreens for a long time and if you can still find the hang-tags on the bottles there is a mail in rebate making them free!

    I have not used this one, but another member posted about it and I added it to my shopping notes file:
    Salon Care Apple Pear Conditioner

    A gallon for $10 is pretty cheap!
    Sue

    Axed the perpetual ponytail and went curly on 1/6/2011.
    Hair Properties: 3a/b, fine-medium texture, thick density, normal porosity.
    Location: FL
    Still experimenting with products and routine.
    So far, I like: FSG, GTTTT, V05 Conditioners, protein treatments, this towel.

    "Well, as soon as we get ourselves cleaned up and we get a little smellum in our hair, why, we're gonna feel 100% better about ourselves and about life in general." - Ulysses Everett McGill
  • Lucky CharmLucky Charm Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberry has a touch of protein. I cant handle many proteins, and even this light cheapie gave me issues. If you need a little protein in a light weight condish, this might be perfect for you.
    - 2C - Coarse Canopy & med/fine underlayers
    - MOP C Hydrating 'poo
    - LOreal Natures Therapy Moisturizing condish, ION Effective Care, Garnier S&S (old formula)
    - treatments: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Repair Me!
    - plopping, diffusing, and clipping the roots
  • beautifulRainbeautifulRain Posts: 189Registered Users
    mesue wrote: »
    I have not used this one, but another member posted about it and I added it to my shopping notes file:
    Salon Care Apple Pear Conditioner

    A gallon for $10 is pretty cheap!

    It might have been me that posted about it, I love that conditioner. :)
    If you don't like the Apple/Pear scent (I love it, but I love all things apple. I think it smells like sour apple now-n-later candies) there is also a honey almond scent. I would like to try that one also, but my gallon of Apple/Pear is still pretty full, LOL.
    3a/b 'curly bob' in the mid-Atlantic. Goal: more 3b than 3a. CG Oct 2010.

    Low-poo: Giovanni TTTT, Ion Swim
    Co-wash: V05 Shea Cashmere
    Rinse-out: SalonCare Apples & Pears, Tresemme Naturals
    Leave-in: Cure Care, Ion Moisturizing Treatment
    Stylers: Ecostyler Argan Oil, LALSG, LBLOC, Hold It! Wave Maker, LAL Beachy Waves Spray Gel. Also been using my diffuser more lately.
    PT: Ion Reconstructor
    DT: GVP Balm, Pure Elements Intense Repairing Treatment
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  • mesuemesue Posts: 244Registered Users
    It might have been me that posted about it, I love that conditioner. :)
    If you don't like the Apple/Pear scent (I love it, but I love all things apple. I think it smells like sour apple now-n-later candies) there is also a honey almond scent. I would like to try that one also, but my gallon of Apple/Pear is still pretty full, LOL.

    Yep it was you! I am tempted to try it, but don't know about buying that much of one thing. I kind of like the V05's because I can switch up the scents pretty often and not get bored with one all the time. I'm the same way with my body wash... I have 6 different ones in the shower and several more in reserve. LOL
    Sue

    Axed the perpetual ponytail and went curly on 1/6/2011.
    Hair Properties: 3a/b, fine-medium texture, thick density, normal porosity.
    Location: FL
    Still experimenting with products and routine.
    So far, I like: FSG, GTTTT, V05 Conditioners, protein treatments, this towel.

    "Well, as soon as we get ourselves cleaned up and we get a little smellum in our hair, why, we're gonna feel 100% better about ourselves and about life in general." - Ulysses Everett McGill
  • thecurly1thecurly1 Posts: 103Registered Users
    Why not just co-wash with what ever you like because of price and the large amount you have to use then find a good rich protein cond. to condish with that way price isnt the deciding factor! Thats what ive resorted to any way.
    Right now I use what ever sent of cheep condish then condish with Sallys GVP K-pak conditioner. It seems to make my fine hair nice and soft but it does have mineral oil in it. Ive seen lots of people on here not do well with it( the MN). So not sure if this will work for every wash just started using it cause I wasnt a fan of the coconut condish (just didnt like it as well as some of the V05 line).

    Does anyone know what the deal is with mineral oil and can it b co-washed out ?
    Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
    3b,3c
    texture: Fine
    porosity: Normal
    elasticity: Low

    co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
    condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
    leave in: KCNT
    styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
    protein: CJ rehab
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/thecurly1-albums-journey.html
    And yes I'm turning into a PJ :thumbup:
  • NancyV908NancyV908 Posts: 108Registered Users
    Wow, thanks, lots of helpful ideas.

    I do have to admit, the scent of the Suave Naturals isn't very strong other than in the shower when I put it in--it does dissipate. And especially if I use it as a cowash only, it's only a couple of minutes I have to endure it. I actually prefer minimal scenting of any kind, but it's just that I have a particular hatred of coconut....any other scent I didn't care for wouldn't bother me to the same degree. (And to be honest, it's the Coffee Coco curl creme that lingers & is the bigger offender--really, I should have known better than to even try that one! I won't buy it again.)
    My properties
    Fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity

    Leave-in Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut; looking for a replacement for the no-longer-CG Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
    Gel Looking for a replacement for the discontinued LAL blue gel. Also thinking I need a low- or no-humectant gel for high-dew days, but haven't figured that one out.
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    Does anyone know what the deal is with mineral oil and can it b co-washed out?

    It coats the hair, and cannot be washed out without strong sulfate detergents, which is why products containing it are not used by people following the Curly Girl method.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • thecurly1thecurly1 Posts: 103Registered Users
    Thanks Morgan, I'm glad I've only used the gvp k-pak once. Looks like I'm on the hunt again for a good protein condish. I hope the MO will wash out over time cause I'm not going to sacrifice where I've came to go bac to where I've been! Lol
    Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
    3b,3c
    texture: Fine
    porosity: Normal
    elasticity: Low

    co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
    condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
    leave in: KCNT
    styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
    protein: CJ rehab
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/thecurly1-albums-journey.html
    And yes I'm turning into a PJ :thumbup:
  • missbanjomissbanjo Posts: 3,088Registered Users
    It might have been me that posted about it, I love that conditioner. :)
    If you don't like the Apple/Pear scent (I love it, but I love all things apple. I think it smells like sour apple now-n-later candies) there is also a honey almond scent. I would like to try that one also, but my gallon of Apple/Pear is still pretty full, LOL.

    I got the honey almond one a few months ago, it's going to last forever seems like. The scent is very very strong, so strong it takes a minute of sniffing it realize what it smells like. I didn't particularly like it too much but DsD seems to like it. They didn't have the apple/pear at the time or I'd have gotten that one instead.
    On sale right now btw for $5.99
    Southern Colorado Curly
    Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair