Confused about moisture / protein balance

I've been doing some research online in regards to the moisture / balance topic. My hair I've noticed has become a little limp in some areas and I'm wondering if A) I need to either cut back on the moisture or B) do a protein treatment. Just cannot for the life of me figure out which one it is! Also, I tried the stretch test and found my strand of hair to stretch really far when wet and then snap. Does that mean I need more protein?

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  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Posts: 338Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    It sounds like it could be overconditioned, but I'm not seeing it, either, so, you know.

    Try a protein treatment. If you didn't need it, your hair will go stiff and strawlike, but you can fix that with a deep conditioner. If you search "iagirl protein treatment", you'll find a recipe for a cheap, at home treatment using gelatin for the protein, and if you don't like it, you can always make jello with the leftovers. :)

    Since you're not sure, I'd use half a packet of gelatin to make the treatment instead of the whole packet. If you like the results, try the whole packet next.
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  • curlbeautydiarycurlbeautydiary Posts: 17Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It does look like you need proteins. I think you should do a protein treatment and see how it goes.
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  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I would also recommend protein.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
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  • Parisfrance137Parisfrance137 Posts: 23Registered Users
    Okay so I went to Sally's last night and bought the "Aphogee 2 Step Treatment" but found it really didn't help my hair at all. My hair is certainly softer but I don't see much of a difference with either elasticity or frizziness. If anything it looks like my hair is a little more limp than before. Anyone know why this could be?
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Okay so I went to Sally's last night and bought the "Aphogee 2 Step Treatment" but found it really didn't help my hair at all. My hair is certainly softer but I don't see much of a difference with either elasticity or frizziness. If anything it looks like my hair is a little more limp than before. Anyone know why this could be?
    humidity?

  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,563Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Your hair could be overmoisturized. Is the second step of the treatment a conditioner?

    I have also found that my low-porosity hair sometimes reacts to protein overload by becoming straighter. Does that sound like what has happened, or is it just limp?
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • Andrea.WilsoAndrea.Wilso Posts: 31Registered Users
    Try testing your hair's protein/moisture balance by following the method here: Too Much Hair Protein
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