ive got it almost all figured proteins for silicones....cant even use loreal nutri gloss...must be the pearl proteins? i never shampoo so i just need a leave in or something to pair with recoil!! AND (of course, lol) a protein and silicone free cond that a college student can afford! im this close to calling everything quits and having my hair straightened!! gf c & s was working great with recoil but the silicones took a toll...and now i dont know.....of a cheap conditioner and/or leave in to be paired with recoil........... please help if you can :cry:
3B~Fine, porus, and really long
HG's~Plopping and Homemade FSG!! Thank you BB :toothy10:
:farao:Proud To Be Egyptian!
"Your head is like a crown on you.
It is as beautiful as Mount Carmel.
Your hair is as smooth as purple silk.
I am captured by your flowing curls."
Song of Solomon 7:5 (NIRV)


  • egyptiancurls89egyptiancurls89 Posts: 607Registered Users
    if i use just plain old aloe vera gel with recoil would that be moisturizing enough? the great thing about using a leave in with it is that it makes my curls feel like silk....but now i cant find one without cones and proteins!! do any even exist? thanks
    3B~Fine, porus, and really long
    HG's~Plopping and Homemade FSG!! Thank you BB :toothy10:
    :farao:Proud To Be Egyptian!
    "Your head is like a crown on you.
    It is as beautiful as Mount Carmel.
    Your hair is as smooth as purple silk.
    I am captured by your flowing curls."
    Song of Solomon 7:5 (NIRV)
  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    Have you tried any of the Suave Naturals or VO5 Moisture Milks conditioners? They are all silicone-free with some individual ones being protein-free also- you'd have to check the labels, but I'm pretty sure the Suave Aloe, Citrus Smoothie, and Mountain Strawberry are protein-free, as well as the VO5 Key Lime. Though most people use them as co-washes, some people find them moisturizing enough to use as conditioners, too, sometimes adding oils or honey to boost them.

    If you have any Trader Joe's near you, the Nourish conditioner is also inexpensive and well-loved by curlies on this site. I haven't used it, but it seems most people find it moisturizing enough to use as a regular conditioner.

    For a cone-free, protein-free leave in, I'd recommend my favorite-Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. It's a mid-priced product (try to catch it on sale, someone is always saying they got it on sale somewhere and that's how I stocked up on mine, too).

    Aloe is used as a moisturizing ingredient in many, many hair products. If you use it for a while and your hair feels hydrated and soft, then maybe that's enough to meet your hair's needs.
  • lazykerrilazykerri Posts: 650Registered Users
    In the Curly Girl book, Lorraine Massey recommends using regular conditioners as leave ins. If you can find a conditioner without cones or protein, that could be used as a leave in, if you like to use one. I personally find that a leave in usually becomes too heavy, but that's prolly due to my hair type and fineness. I think we're different hair types, so products may work differently for our hair.

    There are curlies who use aloe vera gel alone, so it may work for you. Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel is one that I use, and it doesn't have silicones or proteins. It is a strong hold gel, so if you don't like any stiffness it may be too strong for you. It's pretty cheap though and available at the drugstore. The other one I've heard good things about is the HE Body Envy gel, although I haven't tried it yet myself.

    Great list of silicone/protein free conditioners here: /home/leaving?" class="Popup

    Under drugstore conditioners, she lists:
    * Garnier Fructis Fortifying (Fine Hair Formula)
    * Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist
    * Suave Naturals Lavender
    * Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze
    * Suave Naturals Mango Peach
    * Suave Naturals Juicy Green Apple
    * Suave Naturals Fresh Mountain Strawberry
    * Suave Naturals Aloe
    * Suave Vanilla Floral Cond.(silk protein, but very low on ingreds list)
    * White Rain Extra Body
    * White Rain Lavender Vanilla
    * White Rain Energizing Citrus
    * White Rain Tropical Coconut
    * White Rain Ocean Mist
    * White Rain Apple Blossom
    * VO5 Sun Kissed Raspberry
    * VO5 Tangerine Tickle
    * VO5 Tea Therapy Nourishing

    * Aussie Tizz No Frizz
    * Aussie Dual Personality Water + Gel
    * Cococare Cocoa Butter Stick
    * Dax Relax Shine & Hold Gel
    * Dax Relax Texturizing Foaming Mousse
    * Dove Defined Texture Molding Cream (silk amino acids)
    * Dove Gel, Define & Shine Control
    * Dove Gel, Shape & Life Volumizing
    * F/X Curl Booster Fixative Gel
    * F/X Curls Up Curl-Reviving Mousse (spray/pump bottle)
    * Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil
    * Got2Be Defiant Define + Shine Pomade
    * Got2B Spiked Up Gel
    * Head Wear Strung Out Styling Goo
    * Head Wear Thickening Gel
    * Head Wear Pliable Putty
    * Herbal Essences Body Envy Weightless Volumizing Gel
    * Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray Gel
    * Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel
    * Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress
    * Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil
    * ISOPLUS Wrap Lotion
    * La Bella Icy Cool Styling Gel
    * La Bella Styling Gel Super Hold 9 (keratin amino acids)
    * La Bella Super Spikes Styling Gel
    * L'oreal Studio Line Texture Grab Gel
    * Luster's Pink Short Looks Gel
    * Luster's S-Curl Texturizer Stylin' Gel
    * Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel
    * Salon Selectives Control Substance Molding Putty
    * Soft Sheen Gold Care Free Curl Hair & Scalp Spray for Dry Curls & Body Waves (wheat amino acids)
    * Suave Anti-Frizz Smoothing Gel with Aloe - Extra Hold
    * Suave Firm Control Gel
    * Woltra Cocoa Butter Stick
    * White Rain Classics Styling Gel

    These may change without notice though, so remember to read the labels even if they're on this list :)
    ~ Always naturally lazy and curly! ~

    Photo album password: curly
    Curl Type: 3a Fii
    Current Favorites:
    • Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner
    • Jessicurl Confident Coils
    • Rockin Ringlets, and
    • Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel