I think maybe I added too much protein in this last PT/DT, it feels just like your description - crispy and a lot like tangled dolls hair. I may lay off on the protein for a while. I have known for years that my hair doesn't really like protein in large amounts - I have always preferred "moisturizing" products versus "reconstructive" products except for rare occaisions following a particularly bad color job. I find that wierd given that my hair should be highly porous due to chemical and mechanical damage, so it should love protein, right? I think possibly I need to fork out the $80 for the detailed hair analysis.

One thing I also learned pre-CG is that my hair really doesn't like a ton of product in it. The problem with CG is that they push product in layers, and I can't seem to get that right. I need to back off for a while and just stick with condish only styling.
Originally Posted by alslgirl2002
IMO protein loving/ sensitive is a spectrum - protein is wonderful for fine hairs and porous hair BUT it can be drying in excess, and porous hair is easily dried out. Balance is key for almost everyone.

Do be aware hydrolysed protein had two major roles - it can penetrate as far as the cortex and can coat the surface acting as a film former. There are slightly different effects from each.

My hair is currently loving a protein rich leave in almost every wash but it likes just a little oil in the mix, a few washes without any oil and I lose all the protein benefits. Balance! I don't think it's that my hair likes or dislikes the amount of protein, it just does like too much left on the surface drying it out, again that seems to work best in balance with emollients.

And for me the protein does not work at all with every styler, DISASTER with my favourite humectant (propylene glycol) rich gel. Individually great but so not together, I get frizz and lose the clumps. If conditioner only works for you go for it.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect