Wheat Protein.

Purplecurls17Purplecurls17 Posts: 152Registered Users Curl Neophyte
What is it about this protein sneaking its way into every product I want to try! I'm slightly protein sensitive , but I can tolerate small amounts. I have an actual allergy to wheat so it's a no-go all together!
I have fine and thin hair and I want to buy products to help thicken my hair but they all have wheat protein.
Why is this so commonly used as opposed to other proteins?

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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Because it's cheap and vegetarian - plenty of people don't eat one meat or another for religious or ethical reasons - wouldn't surprise me if it's made from wheatgerm left over from making white flour.

    I don't know if you can purchase it where you are but Schwarzkopf Gliss (Kur) Ultimate Volume conditioner has hydrolysed protein but it's keratin and collagen. ditto Mill Creek biotin conditioner.
    Mill Creek Biotin Conditioner -- 16 fl oz - Vitacost
    Adee Phelan and Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Volume with liquid keratin Conditioner | Curly Hair Forum by British Curlies
    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
  • Purplecurls17Purplecurls17 Posts: 152Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I might be able to purchase online. Those are products I never heard of or seen in US stores.
    It's just frustrating to try to find a good thickening or protein treatment without wheat protein.
    My allergist said I should be able to use wheat germ oil because it is processed. Yeah, tell that to my itchy bumpy scalp ! :P any wheat is off limits. I bought lip balm without reading the ingredients ( stupid me ) and my lips and mouth blew up from the wheat germ oil.
    I'm bummed that I could not use the SM Baobab and yucca products. I thought all of their products were without gluten ingredients. Guess not lol
    Thanks for the rec's!
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I might be able to purchase online. Those are products I never heard of or seen in US stores.
    It's just frustrating to try to find a good thickening or protein treatment without wheat protein.
    My allergist said I should be able to use wheat germ oil because it is processed. Yeah, tell that to my itchy bumpy scalp ! :P any wheat is off limits. I bought lip balm without reading the ingredients ( stupid me ) and my lips and mouth blew up from the wheat germ oil.
    I'm bummed that I could not use the SM Baobab and yucca products. I thought all of their products were without gluten ingredients. Guess not lol
    Thanks for the rec's!

    Your allergist is correct there should be no protein in the oil due to the processing, although it's wise to avoid as a precaution if you have more than a mild allergy. Either that was low quality/ impure oil or you are reacting to something else.

    Is it definitely gluten only for you? Some people with wheat allergies react to one of the other proteins in the wheat, or more than one.
    Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!

    No idea if it will make any difference with an allergy like yours which is not exactly mild, but it might be worth working on strengthening your skin barrier firstly with pH appropriate products (4.5 to 5.5). Medical grade lanolin is wonderful for skin, it supplies many of the lipids needed by the 'horny layer'. I *think* the Lanolips line is wheat free, the products i have used are amazing.

    Sulphate surfactants thin the skin barrier making irritation and allergies more likely, not just found in shampoo shower gel and hand wash, but they hide in commercial toothpaste, aqueous cream and permanent hair dye. My lips and cuticles improved immeasurably when switching toothpaste and hand wash, and I haven't had eczema or contact dermatitis in over two years since dropping commercial shampoo and shower gel. My reactions are much milder than yours so could be a different part of the immune system of course, I'm not implying a 'cure' but even a modest improvement might be worth having in case of accidental exposure?
    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
  • Purplecurls17Purplecurls17 Posts: 152Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Well it seems that I react to all wheat ingredients as a whole. I went through massage therapy school and during the Swedish massage unit we used oil a lot and I broke out numerous times. It was the wheat germ oil.
    Wheat is just the enemy! I can't ingest it or put it on my skin without a reaction. I stay away from it in general. A lot of natural products use wheat ingredients and too :P

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