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Old 08-06-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
 
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Default Homemade or store-bought protein treatments?

Does anyone have a preference for homemade or store-bought protein treatments? If so, which ones in particular?
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:19 AM   #2
 
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Great post - something I have wondered about myself!

So far I've opted for the occasional egg wash and have never tried a store-bought protein treatment so can't compare.
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I used to make my own but I much prefer store-bought treatments for consistency and convenience. Homemade concoctions can be a mess and the quality of the proteins used is not reliable. I find that my results last longer and are more consistent when I use Nexxus Emergencee or Sally's Generic Joico K-Pak for my protein treatments. No measuring, no bad odors and no food bits stuck in my hair. Just apply and rinse in 2-3 minutes. Easy-peasy!
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I used to make my own but I much prefer store-bought treatments for consistency and convenience. Homemade concoctions can be a mess and the quality of the proteins used is not reliable. I find that my results last longer and are more consistent when I use Nexxus Emergencee or Sally's Generic Joico K-Pak for my protein treatments. No measuring, no bad odors and no food bits stuck in my hair. Just apply and rinse in 2-3 minutes. Easy-peasy!
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I get better, more consistent results, AND I'll do them more regularly, with store-bought. I especially like Aubrey Organics GPB protein conditioner because it's moisturizing on its own and doesn't require using another conditioner afterwards. It contains no mineral oil and makes my curls spring up better than GVP reconstructing treatment (K-pak knock-off with mineral oil) or Nexxus Emergencee (have to condition afterwards). You can use as a 2-3 minute rinse-out conditioner or as a longer DT.

I'm not crazy about the smell but it doesn't linger once rinsed. I'm told Whole Foods has other scents, but I haven't looked yet. A bottle is $10-12, but I've been using the same bottle at least once every two weeks, sometimes a couple of times a week, for about three months and still have about 1/4 bottle.
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I used to make my own but I much prefer store-bought treatments for consistency and convenience. Homemade concoctions can be a mess and the quality of the proteins used is not reliable. I find that my results last longer and are more consistent when I use Nexxus Emergencee or Sally's Generic Joico K-Pak for my protein treatments. No measuring, no bad odors and no food bits stuck in my hair. Just apply and rinse in 2-3 minutes. Easy-peasy!
+1. I did the one with yogurt and Bragg's Amino Acids. I got tired of smelling like teriyaki marinade and soured milk. I use the three Nexxus protein treatments.
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Ugh, gross, LOL!
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Does Sally's Generic Joico K-Pak have mineral oil in it? I thought I remember seeing that. What does that do to one's hair?
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:32 AM   #9
 
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This thread is making me consider trying a store-bought protein treatment next. Being med-coarse, I wonder what the best store-bought treatment would be. What seems to be the type(s) of protein that most hair handles the best? Hydrolized oat seems to be a protein type that some curlies who can take other protein types can't handle very well.

Is there any difference in how oat vs soy protein work? Or keratin vs. corn, etc. I know I've read an overview of how different types of oils affect the hair, wonder if there is any similar overview of protein types? If applicable...
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Does Sally's Generic Joico K-Pak have mineral oil in it? I thought I remember seeing that. What does that do to one's hair?
Yes.

Here's a poll I tried to do about mineral oil. No conclusion, but you can see what people wrote.

How your hair responds to mineral oil?
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Store bought. Partly because I can only do keratin, and homemade is often something else, and partly because I am lazy and it's so easy to just buy it.
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I was actually wondering the same thing. I have been getting split ends like crazy, even right after getting a hair cut. I have never had a problem like this before.

Since being on these boards, I became weary of protein overload. I prob haven't done a protein treatment in about 2 yrs.! As far as I know I am only sensitive to wheat protein though.

Does anyone know if this (a lack of protein) may be a cause of split ends? (I haven't been doing anything different to my hair to cause them as far as I can tell).
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I don't know for sure, but I guess it could contribute. Protein is said to help keep the hair shaft strong and it spackles (temporarily) missing bits in the cuticle. It would stand to reason that it can help delay when you gets splits.
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I was actually wondering the same thing. I have been getting split ends like crazy, even right after getting a hair cut. I have never had a problem like this before.

Since being on these boards, I became weary of protein overload. I prob haven't done a protein treatment in about 2 yrs.! As far as I know I am only sensitive to wheat protein though.

Does anyone know if this (a lack of protein) may be a cause of split ends? (I haven't been doing anything different to my hair to cause them as far as I can tell).
Last Fall, after two months of using the more natural products--I started this thread:

Yes, You Do Need Protein

I do frequent protein treatments now, but going back to using a lot of Curl Junkie products certainly helps.
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My daughter and I, we both have 3c curly hair. Everyone in my family does, except our parents and my husband. Before we used blue magic (hair conditioner), baby oil, and sometime pink oil, but for about 1 month have been using mixed chicks hair products and nothing else. considering using carol's daughter black vanilla shampoo in place of the mixed chicks shampoo though because I feel I do not get as much moisturized, soft hair and have read good reviews about the carol's daughter.
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My daughter and I, we both have 3c curly hair. Everyone in my family does, except our parents and my husband. Before we used blue magic (hair conditioner), baby oil, and sometime pink oil, but for about 1 month have been using mixed chicks hair products and nothing else. considering using carol's daughter black vanilla shampoo in place of the mixed chicks shampoo though because I feel I do not get as much moisturized, soft hair and have read good reviews about the carol's daughter.
I rarely use shampoo and can't comment on the Carol's Daughter shampoo. Before buying their products, I'd do a search on this site. The reviews aren't too good. I tried the hair milk and leave in. Wanted to like it, but it left my hair dry and greasy at the same time. It just sat there. There are so many great lines, I'm sure you can find something else to use--Curl Junkie, Komaza, Donna Marie, Kinky Curly, CURLS. Look in CurlMart, they carry a lot of these products. You can at least read about them there.
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