How do you know

curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
How do you know if your hair is craving protein?


  • e3lxe3lx Posts: 6Registered Users
    Funny you should I ask - I just came across this great post about protein-moisture balancing.
    You can do a 'strand test/ wet assesment' as described in the article, and you can find out if your hair needs moisture, protein or is balanced.

    If you do a strand test (pull a strand of hair, and see how it behaves) and you get any of the results below, you need more protein::color:

    (When Wet or Dry) Stretches a little more than normal then breaks, you need more protein in your regimen.

    (When Wet or Dry)Stretches, stretches, stretches with no significant breakage yet, add a bit more protein to your regimen.

    (Wet)- Feels weak, gummy, mushy, or limp, you need to add more protein to your regimen.:blob5:

    The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture Balancing for Black Hair Care - Yahoo! Voices - :farao:
    3B, medium density, high porosity, low width, bleached shoulder length African-European hair...

    Hydrating Conditioner or Protein Conditioner and wash daily
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I started using protein in products.... PT's first then in RO's and finally LI's. I do a wet-scrunch test:

    Mushy hair and loose waves when released = needs more protein
    Hair has some structure to it and holds a tight wave/curl when released = just right
    Hair feels hard and resists scrunching = too much protein, do a DT

    It took several weeks of slowly upping the protein before my hair stopped feeling mushy when I wet-scrunched and started having decent wave when dry. Also, the terms protein-sensitive and -craving are misleading, protein requirements vary along a spectrum just like moisture, some people need less and others more. The trick is to find you're hairs happy place and try to stay in it.
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • WintaWinta Posts: 24Registered Users
    Thanks for sharing. I've been wondering the same thing! I guess I might need a little more protein in my hair regime. Does anyone know of any vitamins that might help?
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Winta wrote: »
    Thanks for sharing. I've been wondering the same thing! I guess I might need a little more protein in my hair regime. Does anyone know of any vitamins that might help?

    You mean supplements that you take in tablet form by mouth or actual vitamins (B group, C, E) that you apply to your hair and scalp?
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect

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