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how much protein do you use?

afrochickafrochick Posts: 235Registered Users
I'm trying to figure out the best moisture/ protein balance for my routine.

Which of your products have protein and how often do you use them?
3c/4a, hooray!

Beloved Products:
Condish:Naturelle Grow Herbal Blends (Deep Treatment), Garnier length and strength
Cleansers:Bee Mine Moisturizing Botanicals Shampoo, Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo
Style:Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip, Aussie Instant Freeze Gel

Comments

  • bliss611bliss611 Posts: 238Registered Users
    You just have to play around with using protein to find what works for your hair. I never thought I needed protein because I have medium texture, normal porosity, and haven't heat styled or did a chemical treatment in years. But I used a lot of protein for the last month and my hair looks much better than before.

    Almost all my products currently have protein in them except for the stylers so I use protein almost daily. I do a hard PT once a week. My RO is protein heavy. My shampoo, co-wash, and LI also have some protein.

    Products
    Giovanni - almost all their products have soy protein

    DermOrganic Intensive Mask - great protein RO but kinda pricey for a RO and smells medicinal. I plan to buy AO GPB conditioner instead when I run out of this one.

    My favorite is Colorful Neutral Protein Filler. It's a liquid and very multi-purpose. You can add it to almost any product to give it a protein boost. I use it slightly diluted as a hard PT once a week.

    If you want other product ideas, you should check out the protein craving board. The ladies there know of lots of options.
    3B curls
    Medium texture
    Normal elasticity
    High porosity
  • afrochickafrochick Posts: 235Registered Users
    thanks! that's really helpful. I just recovered from a protein overload. my hair is pretty ok in the moisture department but has lost a lot of its curl. i have seen a small improvement in the past three days because I have returned to using ecostyler and other protein products, but I am scared that I will overdo it again.
    3c/4a, hooray!

    Beloved Products:
    Condish:Naturelle Grow Herbal Blends (Deep Treatment), Garnier length and strength
    Cleansers:Bee Mine Moisturizing Botanicals Shampoo, Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo
    Style:Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip, Aussie Instant Freeze Gel
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    My hair also loves protein. Mane & Tail has protein in it, and I cowash with that. I also added some silk amino acids to my Garnier Sleek n Shine, and I think that's a protein. I use that as my leave in.
    "The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
    My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
  • bliss611bliss611 Posts: 238Registered Users
    How about alternating your RO? One with protein and one moisturizing. That should perk up your curls regularly but still balance it out with the moisture.
    3B curls
    Medium texture
    Normal elasticity
    High porosity
  • kinkicurlyfynekinkicurlyfyne Posts: 60Registered Users
    have any of you done a protein treatment without following up with a moisturizing treatment?!? my hair seems to feel great after rinsing out my egg/condish/EVOO mixture but not so much if I add a moisturizing DT...
  • McfrizzyMcfrizzy Posts: 406Registered Users
    i use the same rinse out and dont dt after since my hair becomes poofy so i agree mine is the same as yours also ive heard great things about the ion effective care treatment which is cg ive heard its both a moisture and protein treatment so id like to try it its from sallys and you can get the small pack as a tryout so if you like it they have the 16 ounces one
    Lo-poo:organix Shea butter shampoo
    Co-wash: suave coconut
    Rinse out:GFTN/GVP conditioning balm
    Leave in: GF daily care spray leave in
    Serum-like product: still need one
    Gel:LA looks sport gel/ HESMU,GFPC
    Oils: olive, coconut

    I think I'm normal-overly porous, medium-thick hair(although I see fine hair too), love protein
  • kinkicurlyfynekinkicurlyfyne Posts: 60Registered Users
    Mcfrizzy wrote: »
    i use the same rinse out and dont dt after since my hair becomes poofy so i agree mine is the same as yours also ive heard great things about the ion effective care treatment which is cg ive heard its both a moisture and protein treatment so id like to try it its from sallys and you can get the small pack as a tryout so if you like it they have the 16 ounces one

    Awesome... I was so scared to not follow up with a DT but my hair felt way better without one so I guess tomorrow I'll be trying that! That treatment sounds good too8-) wish I knew where a Sally's was lol
  • multiracialcurls89multiracialcurls89 Posts: 204Registered Users
    I use the Palmers Coconut Protein Pack DT once a week and my hair loves it, however if I use protein too much my hair starts to get that poofy/fluffy look
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    3c/3b
    Hair Loves: EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel, Protein Conditioners
    Hair Hates: Sulfates, Daily Hair Drenchings with Water, Gels with alot heavy PVP's
  • Butterfly_CurlzButterfly_Curlz Posts: 955Registered Users
    have any of you done a protein treatment without following up with a moisturizing treatment?!? my hair seems to feel great after rinsing out my egg/condish/EVOO mixture but not so much if I add a moisturizing DT...

    When I was using my store bought PT (Soft-N-Free Olive oil & milk protein), I NEVER followed up w/a DT & my hair was absolutely fine.

    However now that I started making my own (egg yolks, mayo & evoo) I don't take that risk. I do my PT as a pre-poo on dry hair, rinse w/cold water, wash w/SM shampoo, detangle w/SM condish & coconut oil, add a little more coconut oil to my entire head, sit under the dryer for 45mins, rinse & style. My hair was soft & manageable afterwards.

    Now I've only done this once since I only do PT once a month, so don't take my word as gospel. Lol. I am however doing another homemade PT on Sunday so I will report bk w/the results I get.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
    (Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


    Loving:love10:: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's



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