Protein ? I'm confused..

Wild_n_Curly21Wild_n_Curly21 Posts: 31Registered Users
After reading another girls article about her hair problems they sounded so similar to mine! I have 2c mostly with a top layer of 3b curls.. Today after my normal weekly deep conditioning treatment I rinsed it out in the shower and the it felt sorta.. Dry? But not .. So I added more conditioner an then put my LI as normal and styled my hair as normal but now it is super limp and super soft !! This other girl was saying her hair was limp and needed protein.. But she also said she had fine hair? Mine is medium but underneath I have a section of very coarse hair which no matter WHAT I do it still does its own thing (I've actually considered cutting it off at one point 😖 terrible thought I know!!) if protein is my problem.. Why? What does protein do? And what products do I use to get a healthy amount/kind of protein? Everyone posts on here to be patient to figure it out and I'm trying! But it's weird to have one AMAZING day of hair and the next day sucks!! I'm so glad have you curlies who understand all this (: neither of my parents have this hair so I am kinda on my own figuring it out!! Thank you for your replies !!!

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  • laura1982laura1982 Posts: 69Registered Users
    I'm far from an expert but fine hair seems to need more protein. I'd do a protein treatment once a week and deep treatment afterwards... This helps my curls. It takes practice to get the right level of protein... For me (fine hair) I do a gelatine PT for 30mins and DT for 1hr... Not getting it right means I end up with stringy limp curls which take a few days to recover...
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

    My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

    If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

    You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)
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    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
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  • Wild_n_Curly21Wild_n_Curly21 Posts: 31Registered Users
    How do I know a product has protein in it? Will it literally have protein in the ingredients list ?
  • Wild_n_Curly21Wild_n_Curly21 Posts: 31Registered Users
    kathymack wrote: »
    Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

    My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

    If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

    You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)

    What is a gelatin protein treatment ? And I don't know how to find out what kind of porosity I have?
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    How do I know a product has protein in it? Will it literally have protein in the ingredients list ?

    This is the first thing that came up when I searched for "names of proteins." There are a lot more. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/general-discussion-about-curly-hair/82939-protein-other-names.html
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Wild_n_Curly21Wild_n_Curly21 Posts: 31Registered Users
    Oh!! Thank you (:
  • NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
    Kathymack (or someone else can answer as well): with the AO GPB, I am considering maybe buying that once I get my hairanalysis results back and once I am sure I am not coarsehaired :p

    Could you use that everytime you condition (in my case 3 times a week) or would that be too much for someone who isn't proteincraving but who doesn't dislike proteins either?
    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
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    kathymack wrote: »
    Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

    My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

    If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

    You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)

    What is a gelatin protein treatment ? And I don't know how to find out what kind of porosity I have?

    Here's a link to help you with porosity (and learn other things.) Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

    Here's the link about the gelatin PT http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/2/116257-pt-recipe-promised.html
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Neleke wrote: »
    Kathymack (or someone else can answer as well): with the AO GPB, I am considering maybe buying that once I get my hairanalysis results back and once I am sure I am not coarsehaired :p

    Could you use that everytime you condition (in my case 3 times a week) or would that be too much for someone who isn't proteincraving but who doesn't dislike proteins either?

    My hair doesn't love the AO conditioners. When I first started on nc.com and tried them, the most I could use them is twice a week (I wet, use a rinse out and style every day.) Personally, I wouldn't use it every time you condition, especially if your hair doesn't LOVE, LOVE , LOVE protein. Mine loves protein and I use other protein conditioners--not that, too much.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
    Sooo crappy I don't know what my hair loves :( I will be so happy when my hair analysis results get in my mailbox. I'm getting a bit impatient though since I sent my hair on april 12th :p

    Will be trying a little bit of a PT today (gelatin but only for 5 minutes)
    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

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