Protein Ingredients to Look For

What products should I look for when looking for protein-free products? What products should be avoided?
At first, I would neither avoid nor overuse proteins until you figure out how your hair handles them. In general, fine hair needs more protein than coarse hair, but there are always exceptions.

As far as identifying them...

Obviously, anything that says protein.
Usually anything that says hydrolized-something will be a protein. Hydrolization makes big proteins smaller.

Amino acids - they are the building blocks of proteins. Some can handle these than straight proteins.

Grain or animal extracts. Most grains have protein (think of the gluten intolerant folks who can't handle gluten protein. These are OK for some and bother others. Grain oils should be fine as they are 100% fat, although trace amounts may appear through processing.

Things like milk, placenta, etc.

Coconut oil is not a protein, but it can help with protein retention. Some protein sensitives are bothered by it, but I would not avoid it right away.

Jojoba oil is technically a liquid wax and may contain a little protein.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.

Post#3 posted by our protein whiz RCC
Discovered CG 2007

2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

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My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars

CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
I also found this site (linked from here of course) that gives a list of protein free products (with a warning that you should read the ingredients and double check).
Grand Goobah Caedran, Aqueous Infusion of Demulcents, Order of the Curly Crusaders

Fia 2cFi, fine texture, med porosity CG 5-29-09 * My hair loves protein! Currently using : DermOrganics Shampoo and IHM, G2B Kinkier Mousse, Re:Coil VMM, Anything Spiral Solutions! MO Sealing. Coconut Oil Pre-Poo, once a month Hard Water shampoo. Avoiding Glycerin in finishing products.

Also a list here:
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG

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Wheat, keratin, silk, soy, amino acids, collagen, are a few that I can think of. My hair likes collagen the best out of all proteins. Protein is good to use after you color or if you stretch a hair out and it stretches like gum and doesn't go back to it's original shape.

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