my hair loves protein, but giovanni direct leave in leaves me dry because its not moisturizing enough.I don't have a good moisturizer at the moment. I do have a few products on hand, but most of them have protein and I'm not sure if they are the cause of my dryness, such as giovanni direct leave in and a leave in that is all natural. The only thing that is stopping me from using that is that it contains wheat protein. It doesn't have any water. It just have aloe vera juice and a lot of essential oils.
if your hair likes oils and butters, maybe you could try yes to cucumbers leave in. i haven't used it on my own hair, but i use it on my daughter's 3a hair and it leaves her hair sooo soft (and even kind of oily/greasy the first day) for days without rewetting or reapplying. i just googled it to find the ingredients for you and fluertzy did a review of her experience with it with the ingredients. Yes to Cucumbers Leave in Conditioner
the first ingredient is water and it has alot of natural oils in it (which is probably why it leave my daughter's hair looking oily at first). and after reading her review i think i'm going to try it on myself today! and i also like the yes to carrots deep conditioning hair mask that she mentions in the same blog post. i've used it as a leave in to give my hair an extra boost of softness.
you can get both at target.