Repairing my hair after bad protein reaction

I was using Organix shampoos and conditioners for a couple months, and they worked great when I started out, but lately my hair has been really dry and hard feeling, and I think it's the protein.
So today I bought some new shampoo and condish (Aussie, I'm not CG) I used the '3 minute miracle' conditioner in the shower, but my hair still feels the same way. I loaded it with moisturizer and I hope it doesn't die. Even when I used a sulphate shampoo all the time my hair never felt like this--has anyone else had this problem? How do you get your hair back to normal? I really miss my healthy-feeling hair.

AND one more question--when you deep condition, is your hair completely clean, straight out of the shower, or is it okay if it's after a couple days of wetting it and using moisturizer?
It took me a while to get over the protein disaster. I used AOHR, which is very rich, followed by KBB nectar and milk once that ran out (all as rinse-outs, the nectar is now my leave-in). It was fully recovered after two or three weeks. I don't even have to do DT now because KBB is that awesome.
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It took me a while to get over the protein disaster. I used AOHR, which is very rich, followed by KBB nectar and milk once that ran out (all as rinse-outs, the nectar is now my leave-in). It was fully recovered after two or three weeks. I don't even have to do DT now because KBB is that awesome.
Originally Posted by curlyjenn10
Thank goodness. I thought there was something wrong with my hair, that it should be back to normal after one wash! haha. Well I guess I'll just be extra good to it for awhile.
When I went CG, I was using a conditioner loaded with protein. After a couple of months, my hair completely freaked out. It took a while to get back to normal after getting a protein free rinse out conditioner...a few weeks. It's finally good again. I love your hair, colorfulheart. Do you twist your curls in a certain direction or just scrunch? Or what exactly do you do?
Started CG July 8, 2008


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Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: Ion Effective Care Treatment
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
Protein Treatment: Nutress Moisturizing Protein Pack
Deep Condition:Acure Moroccan Argan Conditioner+Sally's GVP Balm
It took me months, but I think I was not normal in that regard as I had other ingredient issues to figure out as well.


From a single shot, I do tink it can take a week or two. If you have a moisturizing non-protein Dt, that will help out a good deal.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
(curlymaybe tiptoes cautiously into thread...) A good protein free DT should help alot. Try AOHR on dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave it in for a few hours or overnight. Rinse, reapply and rinse again.
About the protein, though (and please, no one beat me for speaking in favor of protein) you may have overloaded on it but think twice before you cut it out of your haircare routine completely. All hair needs a balance of moisture and strength. Try upping your moisture level for a while, then reintroduce the protein at a lower frequency (1-2 time a month). Or use protein on dry hair, shampoo it out and follow with a moisturizing conditioner (this how I use it).
Since your are not CG, have you tried Herbal Essences Hello Hydration? It's a great moisturizer.
Hair loves: aloe vera juice, cocoa butter, camellia oil


"Never forget, justice is what love looks like in public." ~ Cornel West
(curlymaybe tiptoes cautiously into thread...) A good protein free DT should help alot. Try AOHR on dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave it in for a few hours or overnight. Rinse, reapply and rinse again.
About the protein, though (and please, no one beat me for speaking in favor of protein) you may have overloaded on it but think twice before you cut it out of your haircare routine completely. All hair needs a balance of moisture and strength. Try upping your moisture level for a while, then reintroduce the protein at a lower frequency (1-2 time a month). Or use protein on dry hair, shampoo it out and follow with a moisturizing conditioner (this how I use it).
Since your are not CG, have you tried Herbal Essences Hello Hydration? It's a great moisturizer.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
I'm a pretty low protein gal, and I won't beat you for your sage advice.

Some do need to go off protein entirely for a time, but I think more would do better with your approach. I went about 8 months protein free before my hair could handle it again, but now I like it once a week.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I'm a pretty low protein gal, and I won't beat you for your sage advice.

Some do need to go off protein entirely for a time, but I think more would do better with your approach. I went about 8 months protein free before my hair could handle it again, but now I like it once a week.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Thank you. I saw in another protein-related thread where you told the OP to check the label and see what kind of protein was in her conditioner and stay away from that type specifically. I think that's a great piece of advice. (I know that my hair responds well to milk, nut and wheat proteins and aminos, but not to keratin.) All proteins (and moisturizers for that matter) behave differently, so there is some trial and error involved in finding out what works for you.
Hair loves: aloe vera juice, cocoa butter, camellia oil


"Never forget, justice is what love looks like in public." ~ Cornel West
I'm a pretty low protein gal, and I won't beat you for your sage advice.

Some do need to go off protein entirely for a time, but I think more would do better with your approach. I went about 8 months protein free before my hair could handle it again, but now I like it once a week.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Thank you. I saw in another protein-related thread where you told the OP to check the label and see what kind of protein was in her conditioner and stay away from that type specifically. I think that's a great piece of advice. (I know that my hair responds well to milk, nut and wheat proteins and aminos, but not to keratin.) All proteins (and moisturizers for that matter) behave differently, so there is some trial and error involved in finding out what works for you.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe


Yeah, I do think that there is a lot of trial and error, and that that can be the challenging part of cg/modified cg/hair care. I never payed attention to ingredients and whatnot before I came here, and it's crazy how I really have to read labels. It's also interesting to see how others who may have my hairtype may have to use a whole different routine because we just eact differently to certain ingredients.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
(curlymaybe tiptoes cautiously into thread...) A good protein free DT should help alot. Try AOHR on dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave it in for a few hours or overnight. Rinse, reapply and rinse again.
About the protein, though (and please, no one beat me for speaking in favor of protein) you may have overloaded on it but think twice before you cut it out of your haircare routine completely. All hair needs a balance of moisture and strength. Try upping your moisture level for a while, then reintroduce the protein at a lower frequency (1-2 time a month). Or use protein on dry hair, shampoo it out and follow with a moisturizing conditioner (this how I use it).
Since your are not CG, have you tried Herbal Essences Hello Hydration? It's a great moisturizer.
Originally Posted by curlymaybe
Thanks for the tip about Hello Hydration! I don't have much $$ right now so stuff I can buy from walgreens = amazing.

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