Protein-HEAVY RO recs?

GASP! I know, what a shock — I think my hair actually LIKES protein! Makes sense, as I would have always said my curls are 'weak' (easily pulled out, flossy before i started CG) so maybe they need more strength! I've done protein treatments the past two times i've washed my hair by using GVP Joico K-Pak and have yet to OD. Instead, my hair keeps getting curlier!

I'm looking for two things in essence:

1. something to replace the K-Pak because I'm almost out and would have to take the train to get to Sally's. Aint nobody got time for that!

2. Alternatively/in conjunction, a daily RO/ LI (I don't ever rinse out all of my RO currently) with some protein in it. I have some frizz problems because of the super low dews and high winds in Chicago right now, so my ROs aren't working as well as I'd like. Tried TN for a while, but it's not thick enough to tame my frizzies, so I went back to L'Oreal EverSleek and that's fine but I'm out of it and it's expensive so I'm open to alternatives.

I need something that's either available at CVS, Whole Foods, or Jewel Osco, preferrably CVS. I'm a broke college student too so not too expensive! (-coughwholefoodscough-)

All of my relevant info should be in my signature but if there's anything else, let me know! Thanks in advance!
3Aish; mid-back when curly, waist length when straight
Shampoo - Shea Moisture
Co-wash - Alberto V05
RO/LI - TNNM, L'Oreal EverSleek
Styler: Left em all at school :"(
Gel: GF Pure Clean, LALSG


  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Hmm... Well, if you can find it in a drugstore (many people have found it there, but I was unable to in my area), Renpure Organics has a new keratin condish. It's actually called "straightening", but it doesn't cause any curl loss, so don't worry! ;)

    Shea Moisture has a decent amount of protein.

    I was about to suggest GVP Kpac or Ion reconstructor, but those are both at Sally's - duh! Tho Sally's website of course can deliver to you! Shipping is $6, I think.

    My hair LOVES protein, and those are the 4 I use. Only the SM or the Renpure are at the stores. :/

    Have you tried the gelatin PT?? It's amazing and WAAAAY cheap!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Okay, I'm not American and I do not know these stores you mentioned, but I HAD to mention this conditioner:

    EO Products, Keratin Conditioner, Sulfate Free, Coconut & Hibiscus, 8.4 fl oz (250 ml) -

    It's from EO (maybe it is available in one of your stores?!) and it's incredibly protein rich! It's also rich with awesome oils etc! My hair freaking LOOOOOVES this stuff!!!! It's amazing!

    If you're going to order anyway there's a discount code in my signature for 5 or 10 dollar discount. Also iherb has really cheap shipping costs :D
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • JulesonlineJulesonline Posts: 444Registered Users
    Such a timely post for me! I have been under the wrong impression that I was protein sensitive, but I have been thinking I need some protein so I tried the gelatin PT yesterday with fair results. Perhaps that type of protein did not work well for my hair. BUT, I had expected that my hair would get tangly and stawlike but surprise it DIDN'T!

    My canopy curls still had a bit of frizz, but the rest of my curls were even more springy than normal. So, I went out to Sally's and bought their GVP version of Joico KPac. Again, I was nervous of tangling, but it didn't. My hair is plopping now, so we'll see how it comes out later. I'll try to post a pic if it looks good.
    3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
    Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity

    Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
    Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
    Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
    YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS