09-01-2009, 10:49 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I'm sorry to hear your transition is not going well. Hopefully we'll get to the bottom of the problem, because CG is definitely worth sticking with.
1. Proteins in themselves are not bad. It all depends on your hair type. If you have fine hair then you will do well with protein. If you have coarse hair then you should avoid proteins. If you have damaged hair, then protein can help to repair the damage. If your wet hair is extremely stretchy and elastic then you need protein. If your hair is strawlike, brittle and breaks for no reason then you need to avoid protein. This is the basics on protein.
2. My guess is that the flaking is caused by buildup or too much use of product. How much mousse are you using? Is the HETT mousse the only styling product you use? It doesn't look like it has any bad ingredients but it may be contributing to buildup. You also could be getting buildup if your water is hard. You can try to remove with a low poo followed by an ACV rinse and condition.
Also, if the HETT is causing your hair to be greasy, something is definitely wrong. Greasy hair comes from use of a bad product or over-cleansing (maybe too much low pooing) or over conditioning. The latter may the cause but your conditioners don't seem overly rich to cause over conditioning. It may be the product or over doing the low poo that is causing your hair to be greasy.
3. Baking soda can be very harsh on your hair. I don't necessarily recommend it but some like to use it to clarify. Just be careful to deeply condition afterwards because it can strip your hair. I recommend the ACV rinse alone to clarify and seal the cuticle every 2 weeks or if your hair can handle it, once a week. Whatever you do, you should always condition deeply after a baking soda or ACV rinse.
3a/b, very dry, fine/med-coarse, high porosity
CG since 7/27/09
Bella Curl Products
CW: protein free-cleansing creme
CO: protein free MRcondish
Styler: FSG + protein free LI Elixir, Gellie, Shine & Seal Serum
Lady of Elixir, Keeper of the Secret Blend, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders