View Poll Results: Do you avoid protein? To what extent?
Yes, I avoid all proteins completely. 9 31.03%
I avoid some proteins but am fine with others (i.e., soy protein but not wheat protein) 3 10.34%
I avoid obvious proteins (soy protein, wheat protein) but am fine with the hidden ones (amino acids, hydrolyzed oat flour, etc.) 7 24.14%
I'm fine with protein, it doesn't bother my hair at all 10 34.48%
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Do you avoid protein? To what extent?

Just curious.
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I voted c as it was the closest option. I do fine about 90% of the time with the oat flour, as long as it's far down.

Proteins in gels don't bother me as much as proteins in conditioners do for some reason. BRHG has silk, and I'm OK with it, but conditioners with silk leave me proteiny. Wheat, soy, and Brewer's Yeast do as well.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I voted C also but I think it's more like somewhere between B & C.

Like Redcelticcurls said, proteins in gels (like B&A gel) don't bother me as much as ones in conditioners.
CEHT has soy protein and that doesn't seem to bother me too much. Deva B'leave in has wheat protein and that makes my hair feel like straw.
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
I voted I'm fine with them. I actually do notice that some dry my hair, like wheat proteins so I prefer them not be in my conditioner and not high on the list of ingredients but if the product is fabulous I'll adjust my routine to be more moisturizing around the protein.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
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I can't say it's scientific, but I've found that conditioners w/ protein (like Suave coconut) leave my hair straw-like. All I can figure is that it's due to the protein, so I avoid it whenever possible.
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i voted c. for a while i avoided ALL proteins and my hair became so much softer. anything with protein just immediately turnd it to straw. but then i started using sulfates again and i tried a gel that contains wheat protein and it was ok! it wasnt as soft as normal but still very touchable! so i think my hair needs a LITTLE protein now and then.

i cant handle ANY protein in conditioner but in gels (not creams) it seems to be ok. maybe because gels dont get absorbed as much as conditioner or cream?

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I wasn't sure how to vote, because I do avoid protein in my conditioners, but I'm OK with them in my gels. I use Abba Weightless every single day on the top of my hair for lift, & BRHG is my HG for summer hair.

After reading this thread, I'm going to vote for 'C'
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I don't use protein specific products, but don't avoid it either. Seems to be okay for my hair.
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I don't avoid protein.
Originally Posted by Blush

Same here. My hair hasn't had any problems.
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I voted A -- but, that could be temporary. I noticed my hair was more dry and frizzy after trying a new conditioner. I've cut out all protein for now . . . and that seems to have resolved my dryness issue. Probably, I begin experimenting with which protein my hair doesn't like. But for now, I'm pretty happy.
I couldn't vote because I don't mind protein in conditioners, and I do an occasional protein DT, but I can't use stylers that are heavy in proteins (like ABBA Weightless) more than one or two days in a row.
I voted that I don't avoid proteins, as i don't even check for proteins when I buy products. However, if I'm using a protein heavy styler, I will use a protein-free leave-in, or the other way around. Basically, I try to make sure that not all the products I'm using that day contain protein. I've never actually had a problem with protein, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing.
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I voted C. I can't do proteins in conditioners. Makes my hair fuzzy.

In ther stuff it's ok if it's at least halfway down product list.

I do depend on my conditioner for most of my curls so I use alot of it.

I don't use much styling product so I can get away with a minimal amount of protein.
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Oh how funny - it never occured to me that people might avoid protein in some types of products but not in others! See? I learned something new in this thread!
Sulfate and Silicone-free since 2005
CO-wash convert since October 2010
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54501272@N04/
Website: http://healthycurls.net
Twitter: @sweetpeacurli

Currently loving:
  • Vo5 tea therapy conditioners
  • Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner
  • Giovanni Direct leave-in
  • Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee
I am now completely out of the closet as the craziest of crazy cat ladies. I own it. I embrace it. I am one with the crazy.
Oh how funny - it never occured to me that people might avoid protein in some types of products but not in others! See? I learned something new in this thread!
Originally Posted by sweetpeacurli
I find it interesting, and I do it.

I'm very sensitive to most proteins in conditioners, and it's very frustrating. I never really read ingredient lists too closely on my gels at first though. I recall a poster who didn't like BRHG gel because of the protein. I read my label and was surprised to see that it had it. I'm not sure if there are just fewer proteins in product than in conditioner, or if product is buffered a bit by a leave in.

Also, I've noticed that I wasn't so sensitve to proteins when I first started CG. For example, I used to be able to tolerate soy and silk. Now I can't. I've wondered why that happened.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I tend to think that as your hair improves in condition, it doesn't absorb so much protein any more and there's more left on the outside of the hair to make it feel dry.
I haven't had any problems with proteins.
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