argh! Help!

I started CG this week, and all seemed to be going great. This weekend I wanted to do a PT and a moisturizing DT and all of a sudden my hair has gone all weird on me!

Last night I did a low-poo with Desert Essence Raspberry shampoo, then put in Joico's K-Pak reconstruct conditioner for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Then I mixed honey and EVOO and put that in my damp hair and left it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing. I wasn't able to get all of the oil out so I slept on it, and this morning did another low-poo with conditioning. But my hair seems different now. The texture doesn't feel as soft and I have a lot more frizz today with less curl definition. Could it have been the EVOO?

It was my first time using the raspberry shampoo, and my hair did feel a little too squeaky clean after I washed it, maybe it was that?

Should I do another moisturizing DT to re-balance my hair? Can anyone recommend a good one, preferably not too expensive?
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2c/3a, m/f, iii, low elasticity, medium porosity

Mod CG since Feb 2010
The regular Joico K-Pak has mineral oil. Not sure about the reconstruct conditioner. Mineral oil causes many of us issues. For me, it makes my hair feel "odd"--dry and coated. For me, it's hard to remove and it took my hair 7-10 days to get back to normal.

My hair likes the more natural products. Mostly the ones you buy online from the smaller companies.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
My hair did not like the K-pak treatment either, took a couple low poos before it looked and felt right again.
Curl Pattern:2b Texture: medium
Porosity: med to high Density: med Elasticity: normal
Lowpoo: (2x/wk) Shea moisture retention/ Mop C
Cowash: Mop C/ AHRC
Deep cond: Darcy's pumpkin seed condish/ SS deep
Leave in: CJ curl assurance condish
Stylers: SS CEJ, CJ Aloe Fix Lite
Hair hates: JC rockin' ringlets/CJ CIAB/AG recoil
Hair loves: super soaking/ protein/ ACV rinses
mod CG since 7/09
Thanks Kathymack. That's exactly how my hair feels. Dry and coated and so does my scalp, for that matter. Perhaps I didn't need a protein treatment after all? I will try to avoid mineral oil and maybe stick with known brands for DTs rather than make my own. At least until I know a little more about what my hair likes.

For a moisturizing DT, can you just use your regular conditioner and leave it on for longer (ie:30 minutes) or do you need a special type of DT? I think I read that some people like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, but wonder if they leave it on their hair for a long time?
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2c/3a, m/f, iii, low elasticity, medium porosity

Mod CG since Feb 2010
tprol, I use the GFTN as a DT, like you say, just leave it on half an hour or so. I also have good luck with the Queen Helene Cholesterol hot oil treatment. It does not contain mineral oil.
Thanks Kathymack. That's exactly how my hair feels. Dry and coated and so does my scalp, for that matter. Perhaps I didn't need a protein treatment after all? I will try to avoid mineral oil and maybe stick with known brands for DTs rather than make my own. At least until I know a little more about what my hair likes.

For a moisturizing DT, can you just use your regular conditioner and leave it on for longer (ie:30 minutes) or do you need a special type of DT? I think I read that some people like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, but wonder if they leave it on their hair for a long time?
Originally Posted by tproul
I wouldn't take that to mean you didn't need a protein treatment. All this means is that your hair doesn't like mineral oil. My hair is fine and I do at least one protein treatment a week. My hair LOVE protein and I use a lot of products with protein, too.

Since your hair is medium texture/medium porosity--you shouldn't need to to it as often. I'd suggest that you try monthly PTs. The products I use are so moisturizing, I don't need to do DTs. You should follow you PT with a DT and experiment as to how often you need to DT, otherwise.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
If you used the KPak daily conditioner, it does NOT contain mineral oil (I know - my hair hates mineral oil, so I checked). However, if you used the actual protein treatment (it comes in a tinier bottle) that does. The daily condish does have some form of not-quite-water-soluble 'cone, I think. I had Goob look at the ingredients for me on another thread, and she indicated that there was a 'cone derived from protein in there, I think.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
If you used the KPak daily conditioner, it does NOT contain mineral oil (I know - my hair hates mineral oil, so I checked). However, if you used the actual protein treatment (it comes in a tinier bottle) that does. The daily condish does have some form of not-quite-water-soluble 'cone, I think. I had Goob look at the ingredients for me on another thread, and she indicated that there was a 'cone derived from protein in there, I think.
Originally Posted by finaleofseem
Oh no! You're right Finaleofseem - I did buy the conditioner instead of the deep penetrating reconstructor by mistake (it said 'reconstructor' on it, so I just assumed), and it does contain a cone. So much for my first week doing CG without cones! I guess I'll have to use a sulfate -based shampoo tomorrow and start over. At least now I have some idea of what went wrong. Hopefully it doesn,t take a week for my hair to get back to normal.
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2c/3a, m/f, iii, low elasticity, medium porosity

Mod CG since Feb 2010
Oh, the cone that says "cone" at the end is PEG-modified, at least on my bottle. That means that it's water-soluble, and won't build up on your hair.

Some people still have issues with these 'cones weighing their waves down, but some of us don't. It's really personal preference.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment

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