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Protein treatment for limp curls?

NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
It seems like my curls are getting a bit limp. (maybe because the weather got colder as well?)

Anyway: would a protein treatment possibly get my curls bouncy again? I don't know how my hair responds to proteins yet (and I don't know my hair properties yet, and yes I know I have to figure them out).
I was already considering doing the bananasmoothiemask next Thursday (banana, egg, olive oil, milk and honey).
So: would this be enough to get results if it seems that that's the problem?
And is it "safe"? (I mean, I don't want to destroy my curls because I don't know if my curls like protein yet)
2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
CG since March 8th 2013
Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume

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  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    I'm with you. I'm afraid of protein because it appears the only way to know is to try.
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Take a look at the products you have now and read the ingredients. Chances are at least some of them contain protein. IMO, there really aren't all that many people who absolutely cannot tolerate any quantity of any type of protein in their hair. For some people it might be small quantities of specific proteins, but most people can use at least some proteins occasionally. You already know the importance of hair properties, so I won't go there. The two proteins that seem to be the best tolerated by people who do have protein sensitivities are keratin and silk amino acids, so if you're nervous, I would start there. I was terrified of protein for my first month after reading all of the tales of straw like hair, but it turned out that my hair doesn't just not hate protein- my hair cannot get enough of the stuff.
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    3a/f/iii
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
    Corrina: I will try to look for products with those proteins in them.
    However, I would like to start with "natural" things first (kitchenstuff), probably because those don't cost much and if my hair doesn't seem to like it, it will not be thrown away...
    That's why I would like to use that bananasmoothie thing.
    I was only wondering: do those homemade things have stronger or weaker effects as the shopsold products?
    I would love strong effects if those are good effects :p anyhow: I don't want to "destroy" my hair.

    And I tried another mousse today (Loreal Silk&Gloss for curls), will know how that worked in a couple of hours.
    2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
    CG since March 8th 2013
    Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
    Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
    Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
    PT: Gliss Kur Repair & Volume

    iherb.com: get a 5$ discount on orders under 40$ or a 10$ discount on orders over 40$ when you order for your first order by using the following discount code: CFH441
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    I have heard of people using eggs and yogurt. But my favorite protein treatment is a homemade gelatin PT (IA Girl's PT). Here's a link to a blog by another member with the basic recipe (I couldn't find the thread here to link):
    Pedaheh's Hair Blog

    The recipe can be made weaker by decreasing the amount of gelatin used or keeping the treatment on for less time. When I do this treatment, I actually use three packets of gelatin, plus add in three other high protein conditioners (each one uses a different protein), and either sit under heat for 40 minutes or blowdry the treatment into my hair like the Aphogee 2-Step.
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    3a/f/iii
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel