protein is back. and what about stress?

and so am i. i've been away from the hair boards for a while as i just couldn't afford any more products and was getting so frustrated with bad hair days from experimenting that i found a routine that worked and stuck to it.

but recently my hair has been a bit poo. getting frizzly, not shining much. i decided to take the plunge and use my old mega-favourite conditioner, aussie colour mate conditioner (smells of peaches!) the results were miraculous. as soon as i combed the conditioner through my hair started to curl manically whilst still wet. and i had less frizz, more shine, and it felt so SOFT when it dried. but the conditioner had protein, which is why i never used it as my hair was uber protein sensitive before.

so it seems my hair has gotten damaged enough that it needs protein again. i have been using sulfates every wash (very mild sulfates, milder than some non-sulfate poos i've used) and blowdrying since its winter. so that could be where the damage has come from. but does this mean i've been really bad to my hair? in a way i'm happy as i love this conditioner and it makes my hair REALLY curly but when i'm protein sensitive it just feels like straw.

also i've been looking at old photos of my hair from a year ago and my hair was in much better condition. the curls/ringlets were fat and full all the way to the bottom and it was really shiney. now my hair looks straggly at the ends and basically in need of a cut. but it seems thinner. could this be stress? i've got my finals at uni coming up and feel like i'm having a nervous breakdown. crying every day etc. i'm getting by with chocolate and regular exercise and lots of hardwork, but i'm now stressing more because i'm scared my hair is going to start falling out!

i just lumped two seperate topics into one, sorry!

cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


pw: curlywurly
Sounds like stress & dry indoor weather to me. My hair likes a bit of protein when the weather is dry & harsh -- but it quickly tells me when it's had enough! I also notice a difference since I've benn taking flax seed oil capsules. It adds omega-3 which helps with shine & dryness of skin & hair; as a bonus, omega-3's help with depression & mood.
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
Thanks CelticCurls. I've got an omega complex that I take everyday, but i started to feel like my scalp was getting oily. I've never suffered oily scalp before, and I was wondering is this a reaction to the oils or maybe just because I'm shampooing too close to my scalp without realising. the omega complex has omega 3 fish oil, omega 9 olive oil and omega 6 evening primrose. i might hunt out flax seed oil from somewhere.

cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


pw: curlywurly
My hair likes protein too. I just rotate in some non protein for three days or so if I get some protein flack from my hair.

Sulfates make my hair poofy in the winter. If my hair is dry it looks sort of dull and poofy and the ends get thinner.

Let me just say about hair growth and thickness though, these GNC ultra nourishair that I take are amazing for my hair! I have tons of new growth coming in after some thinning happened a while back (before taking them) and my hair is coming in thick stranded which is weird since it's been fine strands all my life. My new growth is coming in so fast that the little baby hairs on my forehead are to the end of my nose in just over a month. For me that's phenominal growth. I'm one of those people that only have to get a haircut once a year usually.

I just thought I'd throw that out there in case it's hair loss or damage due to stress. It won't make you less stressed but it will help your hair get what it needs.

I hope you're able to relax soon hon
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
If it has fish oil, jennyf, you're OK for the omega-3 already. The primrose is omega-6, which most of us aren't deficient in, but it's nice for hair. Don't think it would cause oily scalp, but this is not something I really get.

True, medusa - & GNC's standard women's vite is excellent as well: it's the high B-complex & biotin. Don't think they have GNC in the UK though, if I recall. Perhaps Boots has a similar higher potency vit?

Whenever I get truly frustrated & old stand-bys stop working, in my case it's most always the weather. We've had 2 weeks of blizzard conditions here: 15F, 30 mph winds & endless snow. My hair doesn't know what to do.
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
Thanks again medusa and celticcurls I'm not REALLY stressed outwarldly but i'm showing subconscious signs such as crying randomly for no reason, not sleeping, eating far too much chocolate, spots etc. i've just never experienced hair thinning before and it's so frustrating because i was trying to grow my hair long for layers and now it looks shorter than it did a month ago! the older longer hairs must just all be falling out. i just have such a small head that short hair looks weird on me, not in proportion to my body.

i dont think we have that complex that you mentioned. is it just b complex? or are there other things in it too? I took a 'hair and nails' thing a while back, not vitamins. more things like potassium etc. and it gave my cys****is i know that sounds weird but when i asked my doctor she said that your hair and nails are a product of your kidneys and if i'm taking things that affect hair and nails they'll affect my kidneys balance and could cause minor inflammation. hopefully a b complex would be different! i'm dying to have luscious shining long locks for summer!

i'm trying not to stress too much *opens fresh pack of cookies*

cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.


pw: curlywurly
Omega complex is the one I take.
For your hair you could ask if you can take biotin and silica , those two seem pretty important in all the formulas.

You know every few years my old ones will fall out and I'll get tons of baby hairs. I'm goign through that now. I wasn't stressed that I know of when I had it happen.

Sounds like you need a break, I hope you get one soon!
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
Hmmm. Your doc's theory on the cystitis is interesting, but unusual. I have to take care because I only have Ethel now (she's my right kidney); Fred bailed out on us last summer, and the only thing my Dr says to avoid like the plague is ibuprofen, as it stresses kidneys a good deal. Lots of Vit C can irritate your bladder lining, but more likely is the hormonal changes brought about by the pill or menopause. The GNC vit is a multi-vit geared toward women: high B-complex is part of it, & it even has a bit of cranberry extract. That's something good to add btw, if you suffer from repeat cystitis: a daily cranberry capsule. They contain a substance that interferes with the bacteria's ability to adhere to the bladder wall, & prevents infection that way.
3B, bra-strap length
laidback, very-modified CGer
HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio

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