Vegetarian and protein treatments (PT)

Hell there, I'm not sure if this is the right part of our forum to ask this question, but I'm going to go ahead.

I've been an (ovo-lacto) vegetarian for roughly 3 years now and recently I started the CG method. It's amazing because a lot of the products are vegan and free of animal testing, so I am so happy I can stick with things I know and love!

But one thing that's got me wondering when I did a protein treatment on my hair (home-made as always) it reacted amazingly. I've read of all the horror stories out here about straw hair, but my hair LOVED it (from what I can tell). I have 3A curls, and a horrible canopy that has NEVER been curly, I can only coax a wave out of it. HOWEVER with the simple concoction of an Egg yolk, honey, and EVOO, and over-night plopping it was SO big, and soft, and just, bliss. I've been basking in it all day!

I've been wondering if this has anything to do with my diet, or is this just what my hair is like? Also, is it safe to do protein treatments weekly? Everybody that I've read about does them monthly.

ANY input would be appreciated!

Laura
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My hair just LOVES protein. Never met one it didn't like. I do at least weekly protein treatments, but only use the commercial ones--CJ Curl Fix, SS Protein Repair Treatment or Elucence Moisture Repair. I also use products with protein.

You'll know if you are using too much. At that point, just add more moisture.

Forgot to add, as long as you are eating quality protein in other foods, your hair should be fine.
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My hair likes protein a lot too -- I am going to try your recipe! Although I don't need much more softness, I could go for more "big" and definitely more bliss! My canopy is wavy, actually the rest is mostly wavy, but it curls below shoulder length.
Hair is dead. Your diet is what helped form it when it was alive, but now it's just fiber that tends to degrade. Your hair must have really needed the boost of fats, proteins and sugars you "fed" it. How wonderful that it is also appropriate for your diet! (I'm a vegetarian too).
Why not try another in a week and see how much more bliss you can achieve? If you get weighed down, then you know you need to go every other week, or once a month.
Very happy for you!
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So, it is fine to do a treatment every week, just watch it for anything bad.
but only use the commercial ones--CJ Curl Fix, SS Protein Repair Treatment or Elucence Moisture Repair. I also use products with protein.
Maybe I should look into those then. Do you order those online? I live in Canada, and would prefer something bought at a store (my pocket is only so big >< ) We do have several Sally's though.

My hair likes protein a lot too -- I am going to try your recipe! Although I don't need much more softness, I could go for more "big" and definitely more bliss! My canopy is wavy, actually the rest is mostly wavy, but it curls below shoulder length.
Yea, it's just one I got after searching for Protein Treatments in the search bar above. A lot of people use Mayonnaise as well.
Yes, I've been wondering if my canopy just needs to be longer in length to find it's curl pattern, good thing I've been letting it grow out

Thank you both! Pretty much answered my question!
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my hair likes protein too (its 3b, coarse and porous, canopy is looser than the under curls, which are softer and tighter). I only do homemade deep conditioning treatments, and have made one very similar to yours - I add a few drops of lavender oil for scent. Honey is a great humectant. I try to do a protein treatment, either a deep treatment or a protein condish, at least once a week.

If you don't want to use an egg, try a banana. Its not as moisturizing, in my experience, but it works nicely.it does give great slip. I've added avocado for additional moisture, my hair loves it.

So I've blended up: a whole avocado, about 1/4 cup olive oil, about a tablespoon (give or take) of honey, and a few drops lavender oil. When I want to add protein, I throw in an egg or a banana if I have bananas, but usually an egg. If you want to go entirely vegan, the banana obviously is the way to go.

Aurel - the avocado may help your canopy. It really helped soften mine, and the curl pattern that emerged was really nice and defined. Probably the natural oils/fattiness of the avocado. And when you blend it with the olive oil and egg, it makes a really good paste.

Hope that helps! I LOVE making deep condish/protein treatments for my hair!
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

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Currently using:
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RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB

Last edited by Auntie Bubbs; 08-28-2010 at 12:11 PM.
If your hair is fine, it's probably going to like protein. Or if it is porous. Or damaged. The canopy gets the biggest dose of sunlight, shampoos, dry or hot or cold air, brushing/combing. Mine is behaving differently since I stopped shampooing with sulfates, started using more protein (on my hair), a little leave-in conditioner etc. But the new growth (since "CG") actually has a little root curl. I have read other comments about straight canopies and curly underneath-hair similar to yours (and mine, and a lot of people's), and that this may change with different treatment. Or it may take all the time it takes fresh, new hair to grow out into a new canopy. Sounds like you have hit on a good thing. Maybe it will turn out it wasn't a horrible canopy after all, it just needed you to love it more.
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So, it is fine to do a treatment every week, just watch it for anything bad.
but only use the commercial ones--CJ Curl Fix, SS Protein Repair Treatment or Elucence Moisture Repair. I also use products with protein.
Maybe I should look into those then. Do you order those online? I live in Canada, and would prefer something bought at a store (my pocket is only so big >< ) We do have several Sally's though.


Thank you both! Pretty much answered my question!
Originally Posted by aural_15
They are online products. There's a Canadian company called HoneyFig, they may import some of the products: http://www.honeyfig.com/
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CG since 3/11/08

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