Sensitive to some proteins and not others?

saracattsaracatt Registered Users Posts: 3
Hi everyone,

I thought that I was completely protein sensitive, but lately I've tried a product with silk protein in it, and my hair seems to like it. Keratin, sometimes seems to be okay too.

Anything with wheat, or soy, or anything hydrolyzed definitely fries my hair though. Does anyone know why that would happen? My hair is really dry and really porous. I guess my hair isn't vegetarian!
3a/3b fine/porous

low poo: CHS treatment shampoo or Mop-C hydrating shampoo 2x/week
co wash: Nature's Gate Aloe
rinse out: CHS pure silk protein, Pantene Relaxed and Natural, CJCR
styling: Curl Keeper or KY(!), CHS Slip, Pantene Curly Gel sometimes leave-in CJCR

trying to figure out KCCC

sensitive to most proteins/silk is okay


  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    I'm not sure why it happens, but it does seem to be common. My hair does really well with keratin. It really dislikes the grain proteins, with wheat being the worst offender. Some people are the opposite.

    I gave read that silk is supposed to be more easily tolerated than other proteins. I never cared for it, but others like it.

    A lot of it is trial and error. You have to learn which ones your hair can take by trying them out.

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    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Registered Users Posts: 872
    I've learned that it's not necessarily that your hair can't take it but that your hair requires you to use it in a unique way that's not suggested in the directions listed on the bottle.

    For instance I had a leave in that said apply to towel dried hair and that didnt work for me cause now my hair is long and takes forever to load product so I had to try with completely soaking wet hair and later that day I got so many compliments I decided to not throw it out

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  • Goin'GreyGoin'Grey Registered Users Posts: 301 Curl Neophyte
    Don't hold out on us! What was the leave in. :laughing1:
    3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
    Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
    Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
    Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
    Love your hair: Love yourself!
  • strssmnkystrssmnky Registered Users Posts: 51
    My first trouble with protein was with silk protein in the form of Suave Naturals Coconut conditioner. I used it as a co-wash and my hair immediately felt like straw. I was only about a month and a half into my CG transition so my hair wasn't as good as it should be. It took about a month for my hair to recover. I did dt's and used heavy leave in's. I basically tried to over moisturize.

    Well, since then I found my hair really doesn't like the keratin in LA Looks gels. So as much as some people like them, they are out for me. At least they were cheap but I have 3 full bottles.:sad:

    Then I tried Nature's Gate conditioners. The 2 I have tried have soy protein and vegetable protein. I unfortunately didn't notice till after I bought them. But I tried them anyway. Since it is a little thicker I used it as a rinse out instead of a co-wash. It worked out great! I have been using them only once a week to be safe since I have normal hair but some of my hair is coarse. The Nature's Gate refreshes my curls.

    Not long ago I had won a contest and got a whole package of Curls products. They have silk but I though that since my hair was really healthy now I would give it a shot. NOPE! I only co-washed with the cleansing cream and my hair felt dry as I was washing with it. So I used extra GVPCB as my leave in and I've only used AVG for the last 2 days so I don't think it's as bad as it could be.

    So my hair does not like silk or keratin but it does like soy and vegetable. Could partly explain why my hair seemed to always be super dry before I went CG when the shampoo and conditioner I used for years had silk in it. Duh!:banghead:
    3a/3b, iii, medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
    CG since 1/1/2011

    Co-wash - Suave Naturals
    RO/LI- GVP Conditioning Balm, AOHR, KCKT, TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Conditioner, Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner
    DT - Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner, AOHR, KCKT
    Styling -CJCCCC, HETT, Biotera Styling Gel, AVG, Boots Curl Cream, Eco Styler
  • SixplexitieSixplexitie Registered Users Posts: 10
    I doubt I have tried all protein out there but my hair despises
    Silk amino acids
    Wheat (I'm allergic anyway)
    Glycogen (the protein in AO's GPB)

    Turns out coarse hair already has an abundance or protein and I don't seem to need anymore. it is possible to have less protein sensitivity to certain types of protein depending on where and how they were derived and extracted

    4a high density, low porosity, coarse hair.
    ♥: Humectants, Slip, PH Balance, Ayurveda
    №: Protein, cones, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil.
    Go Go Hair Gadgets: Magic Star Jumbo Rake & Satin Bonnet
  • Marci PieMarci Pie Registered Users Posts: 668 Curl Connoisseur
    This happens to me also. Wheat protein makes my hair crazy, the protein in my LALSG is my hair's best friend. Who knows why? I just listen to my hair and proceed accordingly.

    3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
    Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo, Cantu Quinoa Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair, Decadence No Poo
    Co-wash: Nourish Conditioner, Suave, Aussie Moist, Clairol Natural Blends Coconut
    Deep Conditioner: Loreal Total Repair Balm, Cantu Masque
    Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's), Decadence Conditioner
    Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Homemade Flax Seed Gel, Devacurl Ultradefining Gel, Coconut Oil
    Methods: Sleep with extra large satin bonnet. Able to get 7 day hair. Prior to getting 7 day:Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.

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