Does this mean my hair doesn't like protein?

Last night I tried using the colorful protein filler, followed by mixed chicks DC, then curl beleavin, and curl angel. My hair feels like straw. Awful. I was hoping for a very different result.


  • curlyhairmichukcurlyhairmichuk Posts: 860Registered Users
    Last night I tried using the colorful protein filler, followed by mixed chicks DC, then curl beleavin, and curl angel. My hair feels like straw. Awful. I was hoping for a very different result.

    It sounds like it was too much protein for you - do some deep conditioning to get your hair back into balance. (it may take a few days so dont panic if it doesn't seem to cure it right away) Dont use products with protein in them till your hair feels back to normal. HTH
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    Co-wash: Tresemme Naturals
    Styling -Naked Curl Defining Cream, BRHG, Mop Top, FSG
    Product for a good hair day: FSG or Mop Top
    Hair loves protein!
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  • headlinesalonheadlinesalon Posts: 10Registered Users
    Looks like the application did not work for your hair, so dont try it again. This does not mean that your hair does not like protein. Protein is to hair what good food is to us. More than applying protein products, it is necessary to include protein in your diet. The results will be better and permanent.
  • DevushkaDevushka Posts: 1,080Registered Users
    Sounds like you might want to pay attention to protein in any hair products you use. Early on when I first went naturally curly, I did some protein treatments because I thought that's what I was supposed to do, and I didn't know anything about protein/moisture balance. At first my hair was fine (there may have been some damage that the protein was helping to correct), but after the first few PTs, my hair very quickly let me know that it did *NOT* need strengthening proteins like I'd been applying. After my last PT, my hair felt like straw as you described. Once I got it that the problems my hair was having were due to the protein/moisture balance being off (too much protein and not enough moisture), I made changes in the products and DTs I was using, and the problems corrected themselves.

    At this point I really monitor protein in any product I use -- What type of protein it is, how far down in the ingredients list it is, how often I use it in my rotation of products. HTH.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity
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  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users
    Devacurl b'leave in has protein in it down the list.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    First, and foremost, you need to determine your hair properties. It will help people advise you. Here's a link to help Live Curly Live Free - Home Fine and/or porous hair usually likes protein.

    I just looked at the ingredients of two of the products.

    Mixed Chicks DC: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Octamethylcylotetraxiloxane, Safflower Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and C14-18 Perfluoroalkyethyl Thiohydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride and Benzoic Acid and Glycereth - 2 Cocoate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance

    The Amodimethicone is a 'cone, some have and easier time removing it then others. I did a search on Octamethylcylotetraxiloxane, but could only find it as an ingredient in this product (and it's clone at Sally's.) Because it ends in "xane," it should also be a 'cone.

    DC B'Leave In: Aqueous Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Glycerin, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methyldibroma Glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

    More people have problems with wheat protein, then with other proteins--it can be drying. Some folks also have issues with Polyquaterniums because they can build up. I know that happens to me with both Polyquaternium 4 and 10. It gives me frizz, even when soaking wet.

    I agree with Devuska about being careful as to what protein you're using. Some people are sensitive to certain ones. So, you need to pay attention to that.

    You may find that you don't have problems when you use other products. These just may not be the ones for you.
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