how to improve low elasticity

i also just got my curl genie report and i was surprised to find out my hair has low elasticity. this confuses me in that it is usually caused by overprocessing and/or heat damage.
i stopped coloring my hair in march 2008, so no part of processed hair left, and i rarely use a hair dryer and if i do, it's with a diffuser and only for about 4 minutes. never, ever used a flat iron.....
so, where does this come from?
i am going to try to use a tiny bit more protein, they said that might help.

any suggestions on how to bring it up to normal?
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
I didn't know hair could have natural low elasticity; I, too, thought it was only caused by damage. I have low elasticity, too, and this revelation depresses me a little, as I was hoping that my CG hair would grow in with more normal elasticity. I guess it's still possible, but not a given like I'd hoped.

That said, my hair analysis (which I got done back in October or so) said that only time could fix low elasticity. I e-mailed Tiffany to ask her to elaborate - did she mean that the current elasticity could improve with time and better care, or that time was needed to grow out the old hair and cut it off? She wrote back and said that it was the latter - the only thing I could really do was wait until all the pre-CG hair was gone and then see.

I was not told that protein could help, and I'm wondering if that's because I'm medium-coarse and should stay away from protein, or if that's a new recommendation for low elasticity that just wasn't made when I got my analysis done. I dislike doing even light PT's because my hair is just so frizzy afterward - not strawlike or hard, but just lots of halo frizz. My curl is better afterward, but only temporarily, like a day or two, and the frizz just isn't worth it to me.

I've been hitting my hair with weekly DT's and often use my DT conditioners as rinse-outs and leave-ins to add much-needed moisture to my hair. I have yet to get over-conditioned, so I guess my hair is really super-dry. I was thinking that once all my old hair is grown out and cut off (about another 6-8 months), I'll send in another hair sample and see what, if any, changes there are. My fingers are crossed that my elasticity is improved.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

rustina -- i have no hair with color in it left. i am wondering now if this is part of the white/gray hair?????

they said a conditioner with protein in it might help. i am thinking of buying the cj strengthening conditioner. i do use repair me every two weeks.

i do use shimmer lights blue conditioner every two weeks or so, and altho there are no cones, i think it is drying. wonder if that is the culprit? i think i will try the moxie purple haze.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
I too have low elasticity, no gray as of yet, I really dont use heat very often and never straiten my hair. I have colored my hair pretty often but only with a 28 day wash out, (I would think it would be less damaging ) I wonder just how much damage Ive dont just by coloring or is it just the way my hair is.
What does it mean in relation to how your hair acts and if you should chose different products, more protein or moisture. Has anyone did much research on this subject? Is their anything we can do to change it?
Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
3b,3c
texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
protein: CJ rehab
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...s-journey.html
And yes I'm turning into a PJ

Last edited by thecurly1; 05-19-2011 at 09:19 AM.
I ran across this video when I was searching for some answers thought id share

VIDEO ON ELASTICITY

this is also a great one about protein and which kinds do what

VIDEO ON PROTEIN

So after doing a little research seems Protein and moisture r a key to elasticity now as far as if u have naturally low elasticity im still not sure on that one!
Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
3b,3c
texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
protein: CJ rehab
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...s-journey.html
And yes I'm turning into a PJ

Last edited by thecurly1; 05-19-2011 at 11:12 AM.
I ran across this video when I was searching for some answers thought id share

YouTube - ‪understanding hair elasticity to lessen breakage‬‏

this is also a great one about protein and which kinds do what

YouTube - ‪breaking down protein and treatments‬‏

So after doing a little research seems Protein and moisture r a key to elasticity now as far as if u have naturally low elasticity im still not sure on that one!
Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
3b,3c
texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
protein: CJ rehab
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...s-journey.html
And yes I'm turning into a PJ
Sorry the first post the links didnt work!
Armed with the Curl Analyzes!!!
3b,3c
texture: Fine
porosity: Normal
elasticity: Low

co:wash: V05 kiwi lime, CJDF
condish: TS avocado and aloe, GPV cond balm, Yes to carrots
leave in: KCNT
styling: LOVE FSG.. CK, BRHG, CJCQ KCCC, LaLSG
protein: CJ rehab
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...s-journey.html
And yes I'm turning into a PJ
i just did another search on here and finally came up with a very helpful explanation:

mpgirl wrote:
"Elasticity is determined by taking a strand of hair and holding it on either end. Pull. Does the hair stretch 30-50% and then pulls itself back to it's original length/shape when released? Then you have great elasticity.

Does it stretch to something less than 30-50% and then snaps? Then you need moisture.

Does it stretch and when released it doesn't pull itself back into it's original length/shape? Then you need protein.

It is not unusual, especially for fine to medium haired curlies to need both moisture and protein.

Remember to test more than just one strand of hair as well."

she later added that it should be done on wet hair, she generally takes hair that has fallen out in shower to test.
i had been somewhat avoiding protein, then added repair me back in on a monthly basis, then every two weeks. i think, as suggested in curlgenie, adding products that have protein might be the way to go. i'm going to give it a try, ie, cj strengthening conditioner, and hope to complete my product aresenal, with the very minor exceptions of occasional new products.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
My "curl" has always been described as "fragile." Anything pulled it out. I'm assuming, it's low elasticity--because it doesn't "bounce" back when released from being "pulled" in a elastic, etc.

Unless you are suffering breakage as a result of the low elasticity, I'm not sure it's really a problem. If your hair looks great (and from your pictures, it does), why let it bother you?
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I had quite long hair and it was low on elasticity because of its age and sun damage, brushing etc. I started using protein treatments (gelatin for the collagen) and I stopped hearing "snap!, snap! snap!" every time I ran my fingers through my hair. Also gained shine.
So for me, it's protein. I make my own gelatin treatment, but Sally's also sells aphogee 2 minute, 2-step treatments in small (one use) packets, Ion effective protein treatment, and (I really love this) the "Colorful Neutral Protein Filler" which you can add to conditioner or whatever suits you, less than $2 for a little bottle that will go a very long way.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
I've heard lots of people say that more moisture is the key to improving elasticity. I know, like Rustina, that protein does more harm to my hair than good, so I try to avoid it anyway, and I naturally try to go for lots more moisture. Since your hair is fine, you probably need protein anyway, but you might want to incorporate more moisture into your routine. HTH.
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
i want to improve the elasticity because it seems to take an inordinate amount of moisture to keep it healthy, and it loses it's bounce when i am in drier air, ie, warm bldgs, to the point that the front of my hair can look like einstein! i find it frustrating due to how much moisture i do feed my hair and it does not seem to retain it. i feel that at this point, it should always look good as i certainly am careful in products, routines.
the photo in my sig and avatar were taken one day after i did my first protein tx, repair me. in fact, i kept it in for 10 minutes and with heat!! for my medium texture hair, that is saying it was protein starved. since i am medium texture, i am careful about that and probably did not use enough protein. (it's mostly the front of my hair that i had this problem wwith, even deep conditioning those spots overnight.)
if that is the missing piece to keeping my hair happy, simplifying my routine, why not?? it's easy enough and i like the fact that what moisture i do use will be retained. in fact, today i just used a little of repair me for about 2 minutes in the shower since i don't have products with protein. then used a leave in, no styler, and my hair looked great, very curly.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine

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