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Protein Treatment Question

frankie88frankie88 Posts: 106Registered Users
So occasionally I use a keratin deep treatment just so I know my hair is getting adequate protein since I usually just use moisture. However, the protein conditioner leaves my hair a little dry sometimes. I was wondering if I mixed a little coconut oil with the conditioner if it would help prevent the dryness?
2a/2b, Medium Porosity, Medium Density, Lower Back Length, Growing out highlights.
Shampoo: SMMR Conditioner: SMMR or Organix Keratin Oil Leave In: Organix Shea Butter DC: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba oil mixed all together with v05 conditioner.
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  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I can't really speak for the coconut oil, since I've never tried it... but I would suggest diluting it with a protein free deep conditioner, or go longer in between protein treatments.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    The protein-moisture balance is nonsense, since hydrolysed protein is a weak humectant so potentially moisturising (add or increase water). A better name would be protein-conditioning balance or protein-emollience balance.

    Don't randomly do intensive hydrolysed protein treatments; work with your hair properties and dew points/ humidity. Many coarse hairs don't need protein, fine hairs generally do, even those who are protein craving often need a whole lot less protein in winter than summer.

    The feeling if dryness is not necessarily lack of water or lack if oil but may be build up or that you simply didn't need the protein treatment in the first place. One option is to clarify, another is to follow with a regular deep conditioner.

    Coconut oil is not moisturising, it is anhydrous (contains no water) and acts as an anti humectant/ sealant/ occlusive. It reduces porosity, increases elasticity and helps the hair hold structural proteins when washing. whether that also applies to retaining added hydrolysed proteins is not known. But it's not the obvious choice for 'counteracting' any negative effects of protein.
    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
  • frankie88frankie88 Posts: 106Registered Users
    Wow, there is so much I don't know. My hair has just been feeling like it is lacking something lately. The ends are kind of dry, I have just been using moisturizing deep conditioners but nothing seems to work. I don't have split ends or anything, they are just dry. I was originally thinking maybe it needed protein but now I am thinking that I might be needing something else instead?
    2a/2b, Medium Porosity, Medium Density, Lower Back Length, Growing out highlights.
    Shampoo: SMMR Conditioner: SMMR or Organix Keratin Oil Leave In: Organix Shea Butter DC: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba oil mixed all together with v05 conditioner.
    “Imperfection is beauty.”
    ― Marilyn Monroe