My hair loves protein but my scalp isn't a huge fan

hmr1016hmr1016 Posts: 61Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
Whenever I use a protein treatment, my hair comes alive but my scalp feels quite itchy and sensitive. The protein treatments I've tried are the DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair and Shea Moisture Bamboo and Maca Root Resilient Growths Protein Masque (I prefer the Shea Moisture--it smells better and gives me much better results). I've also found that skipping out on products without protein leaves my hair kind of limp and squishy, so I'm not sure what to do here. Product recs, application methods, and your own experiences with protein are much appreciated!
Current 2B/2C Routine:
Cleanse - Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse, NYM Curl Talk Shampoo, or DevaCurl Buildup Buster
Condition - Elucence Moisure Balance Conditioner
Treatments - Olaplex (step 3) or Elucence Moisture Repair Treatment
Style -  KKKT + AG Re:Coil + Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel

Comments

  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Posts: 841Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I’ve never experienced that. Does it happen if you apply from ears down? It’s frustrating to find something your hair likes but skin doesn’t. My hair loves oil and thick products, but if my hair touches my face with them, instant acne. Ugh.
  • hmr1016hmr1016 Posts: 61Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    @BrittanyM Yes it even when I apply from the ears down! It's very frustrating. I have the same issues with thick products and oils too. 
    Current 2B/2C Routine:
    Cleanse - Camille Rose Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse, NYM Curl Talk Shampoo, or DevaCurl Buildup Buster
    Condition - Elucence Moisure Balance Conditioner
    Treatments - Olaplex (step 3) or Elucence Moisture Repair Treatment
    Style -  KKKT + AG Re:Coil + Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel

  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,511Registered Users, Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    I've never heard of protein having any effect on the skin.  It may be other ingredients in those two products that are causing you trouble.  Deva is a pretty common cause of itchiness and other bad reactions. 

    I'd suggest using a DIY protein treatment with gelatin.  You can control exactly what goes in it that way.  Here's a good basic recipe
    If this makes your scalp itchy, you can then know to avoid collagen.  But there are so many different kinds of protein derived from so many different sources, I don't think you can rule out all protein based on those two products.


    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • CurlyLiliCurlyLili Posts: 64Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Fermented rice water is also a very nice and gentle protein treatment, that benefits the scalp and hair.
    Type: 3a/3b
    Hair strand thickness: medium/coarse
    Density: thick
    Porosity: low at roots/normal mid-shaft/high at ends
    Sensitivity to protein: no

    Cleanse: SM 100% Virgin coconut daily hydration, DC Low-poo
    Clarify: Build up buster, Trepadora Gojiberry Mint Reviving hair rinse
    DT: DC Melt into moisture, SM Manuka honey & Mafura oil, occasional fermented rice water
    Condition: DC One Condition and One Condition Decadence
    Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Style: DC ArcAngel, DC UDG, Curl Keeper Original
    Refresher: diluted conditioner in a spritz bottle

  • BeinDebBeinDeb Posts: 579Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    You might should check the ingredients on your products. Although my hair adores protein, certain kinds of proteins will make my scalp itch, too.

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