What about spray on leave-ins? They may work better for you. I know curls line has one at Target that has protein. I wish I could recommend something but my hair's the exact opposite; it doesn't like much protein and can suck up even the thickest conditioner like its nothing. Spray on leave-ins do nothing for me. But they might work for you.

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL