View Poll Results: Which of the following have you had GOOD experiences with?
Protein Treatment 10 71.43%
Henna 6 42.86%
Amla 6 42.86%
Cassia 0 0%
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Protein Treatment vs. Amla/Cassia/Henna

I started CG a couple of weeks ago and my hair hasn't been as shiny as I'm used to. (No more artificial sheen from silicones, I guess?) I did a moisturizing DT today with AOHR with warmed honey and shea butter and although my hair is lovely and soft, it's not shiny... Some of my ends look kind of frizzy too. I think a PT may be in order.

I wonder though What is the difference between a protein treatment and using amla/cassia/henna? As I understand it amla, cassia and henna bind with the protein in the hair. If you had to choose one over the other, which would you recommend? Thanks!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

As a blond, henna and amla aren't of interest to me. I did cassia treatments monthly for a while. I found it to be a PITA and a little drying when you first did it. Not sure if it added shine

I do, at least, weekly PT.I think they tighten curl and reduce frizz. Not sure they add shine either.

Being as your hair is fine, PT is probably something you should consider on a regular basis. Products for shine include and of the jelly type products.

If you want to do a treatment that adds shine, Komaza makes a product call HoneyComb Hair Rejuvenator:

http://www.komazahaircare.com/produc...juvenator.html
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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I alternate with both protein and amla but I like Amla better in terms of how my hair feels afterwards. I still need protein, but it makes my hair feel a little hard, which I guess is good when you want your hair to be stronger. But amla gives me strength with softness to boot and over time it's made my hair pretty dark which I'm glad about. I do amla/protein about every two to three weeks.

I have hennaed in the past, but I didn't like the red color after a while and also it dried me out so I stopped using it. My amla treatments have pretty much gotten rid of most of the red color.
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Thanks for the input! I think some experimenting is in order...


I'd love to hear more. Keep it coming!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

I've been wondering...

Does amla work similarly to henna? Does it bind to the protein in the hair, somewhat like a protein treatment?

Thanks, ladies!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

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