Protein question

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How do you determine if your hair "likes protein" or not?
Just starting CG (04/18/13)
2C/3A hair, medium texture, normal porosity (I think!)
Trying out: Suave Naturals wild strawberry (co-wash) Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean fortifying conditioner, Redken crystal curls 6, Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment, Pantene curl shaping gel
Thinking of trying: Live Clean Argan oil conditioner or Live Clean Bali Oil conditioner....who recommends them?
This link was really helpful to me when I was trying to figure out if my hair needed protein or moisture:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
I have fine hair and keeping a balance of moisture and protein is key for me. There's a good deal of trial and error involved in finding and keeping that balance! Have you tried a protein treatment?
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
No. I'm finding my hair is not very soft at all and is feeling really weird lately.
Just starting CG (04/18/13)
2C/3A hair, medium texture, normal porosity (I think!)
Trying out: Suave Naturals wild strawberry (co-wash) Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean fortifying conditioner, Redken crystal curls 6, Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment, Pantene curl shaping gel
Thinking of trying: Live Clean Argan oil conditioner or Live Clean Bali Oil conditioner....who recommends them?
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It's pretty obvious!

Protein effects how much structure your hair has. When it's really soft and stretchy and undefined, you need protein. As you use protein you ideally want to achieve hair that is "perky" and hydrated. Once you cross into the crunchy dry zone you've gone to far. If your hair was defined to begin with, skip the protein treatments and monitor the protein in your daily products.

It's a pretty immediate crunchy effect if you overdo the protein. Unless you persist with the protein, the damage is reversible with a moisturizing treatment.
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