02-29-2012, 04:19 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
My hair's properties are very different from yours, but my guess is that no-poo/low-poo would probably work well with coarse hair. You are probably right about protein- coarse hair generally does not like protein, but protein is beneficial for high porosity hair, so you might want to consider trying a bit of protein followed by lots of moisture (even with my fine hair texture I always follow protein with moisture).
When you decide to try CG, make sure that you do a final wash with a sulfate shampoo. Make sure the shampoo is cone-free. A couple of products that you might want to look at (I'm not listing anything that I know to be protein heavy, but unless the word "protein" is actually in the ingredients list I might have missed something)
I would try Tresemme Naturals. There are a lot of people who use Suave Naturals, but I heard that Suave has more protein
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition is absolutely amazing- great moisture and great slip.
I use my RO as a leave-in (I scrunch a bit back into my hair after I've finished rinsing)
I'm very unsure of which gels have more protein than others, so I'll just list some drugstore brands that I know are popular here:
LA Looks (I think all are CG, Sports Gel is very popular, but I also like Nutra Curl)
Herbal Essences (Totally Twisted or Set Me Up)
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean
I would also recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week to get some moisture back into your hair.
3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask