Coconut actually isn't a protein, though it may act as a protein for some, because it helps slow down protein loss in hair. However, coconut cream and coconut milk does contain protein, but the oil does not. Also, sometimes it's not what certain ingredient is in a product that really affects hair, but how much of it is in it and what combination it is used in. Some conditioners can have protein that can be really low in the ingredient list or the moisturizing ingredients outweighs the protein effects or balances it. Just saying.