My bizarre protein experience- now soft straight hair?

I am so baffled and I'm hoping someone can help me because I've read some people having similar issues but I can't remember who they were...

Ok I have medium to fine hair, normal porosity and elasticity. I low poo fairly often and use very minimal conditioner.

I recently started doing protein treatments because I had never tried them. I started with Nexxus emergencee and would leave it in for awhile always resulting in soft hair soi figured maybe I needed a stronger treatment for the last few weeks I have done IAgirl's pt once a week. I left it on for an hour last night and my hair felt super soft and it was super straight, I used practically zero conditioner because I didn't need any. I no curl right now and my hair is staight. It feels awesome but not the result i was looking for. I used a sulphate shampoo even since and it's like silk still.

So what can I do to start to get my curls back? Wait it out or keep using the sulphate shampoo? I'm clueless. I've always thought to treat overconditioned hair with protein but it's like the protein is making me overcondioned. I guess I should add that while styling the top of my hair dried in about 10 minutes and the bottom and my ends were practically soaking wet after 20 minutes of diffusing on high.

I appreciate any help, I just want my curls back!
Trying to figure out and maintain protein/ moisture balance
Low sulphates, no silicones Nov 2011

Cleansing: Dove Cool Moisture
RO: AO GPB, Tresseme Naturals, YTT
Stylers- CK, BRHG, AG Re:coil, CJPP, KCCC, HETT mousse

2nd day hair- Paul Mitchell Mousse scrunched in

Easily weighed down, tendency to get OC'd


2c/3a with some curls in there/Med to fine Texture/ Normal Porosity/ Normal Elasticity
I've done this! I know at least one other wavy whose hair gets super soft with PTs. Given time, it will wear off, your curls will return. If you like the gelatin PT and want to keep using it, don't leave it on so long. Some people (like me) just do a few minutes in the shower and that is enough. You can also use half the amount of gelatin for a milder PT. Especially if you're using it once per week but don't have damaged/dry/porous hair. That particular protein kind of sticks to your hair, so it's really rinsing and time that will help. Shampooing may speed it up, but if you don't like doing that, just use stronger hold gel for now... I would just shampoo it again. I can get away with that.

The "flash drying" after this particular PT happens to some of us, some of the time. When I use honey in mine and enough conditioner afterwards, it doesn't happen. If the top is drying really fast and the bottom is not, then there was either differential adsorption of the protein on your ends (makes sense, that's the more damaged area because it's older and therefore more "attractive" to protein), or you got more product on your ends (if you were using gel). Protein hangs on to moisture.

Your curls are not gone for good, the protein is weighing you down. This too shall pass.
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Thank you for your response! That makes some sense to me.

So in addition to some sulphate shampoos, which my hair can definitely handle in the soft state it is in right now, would you think I should use some heavy protein conditioners, or no conditioner at all?

I do love how your PT makes my hair feel I guess maybe for people like me, we should not leave it on long, or would I be someone who might just only be able to do protein in conditioners and stylers?
Trying to figure out and maintain protein/ moisture balance
Low sulphates, no silicones Nov 2011

Cleansing: Dove Cool Moisture
RO: AO GPB, Tresseme Naturals, YTT
Stylers- CK, BRHG, AG Re:coil, CJPP, KCCC, HETT mousse

2nd day hair- Paul Mitchell Mousse scrunched in

Easily weighed down, tendency to get OC'd


2c/3a with some curls in there/Med to fine Texture/ Normal Porosity/ Normal Elasticity
Play it by ear (er, hair). Definitely cut the PT's gelatin in half on your next try and leave it on for less time. If you are using vinegar or an acidic ingredient, leave it out because the acid seems to help the protein "stick" more tenaciously.
Use the PT when your hair seems to need a boost (not holding curl, getting frizzy, looking droopy). Let your hair dictate when to use it.

Definitely use conditioner if you need it for detangling or defrizzing, use a light hand, though.

If you have all those sorts of conditioners, see what works. Maybe a regular conditioner is best for now while your hair is protein-ed up! Once it starts to recover, experiment. I use protein in styling products and if I do that too often, I can get too much with a weekly PT as well. So you may have to learn where the balance lies through trial and error. God luck!
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