02-13-2013, 04:12 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Proteins will also appear in ingredients lists as "hydrolyzed ___" such as hydrolyzed silk or hydrolyzed wheat, or "___ amino acids", such as soy amino acid or silk amino acid. Hydrolyzed proteins and amino acids are smaller pieces of protein, rather than whole proteins. They may also appear as just the name of a protein, such as collagen, or keratin.
This is just a general rule of thumb, so there are exceptions to the rule, but... Fine texture (small individual hair strands) typically likes protein, normal likes a mix of protein and moisture, and coarse (large individual strands) dislikes protein and prefers moisture. High porosity hair (wets and dries quickly, often damaged from coloring, bleaching, perming, or heat) likes protein, medium porosity likes a mix of protein and moisture, and low porosity (takes a long time to wet or dry, heavier products may "sit" on the hair, leaving it producty or weighed down) may need more moisture than protein (the closed cuticle makes it hard to get moisture in, but once in, it's retained well).
Here are a few good links that should help out:
Protein vs Moisture « Pittsburgh Curly
(Do read the linked "excellent article" too).
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
Live Curly, Live Free: Protein: Friend or Foe?
Live Curly, Live Free: The Curl Whisperer on Protein Treatments
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity
Summer Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 SC, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, AIF, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's (every 2 weeks or as needed)