3 weeks in & not happy!

I'll try to keep this simple, so bullet form is best:

1. What's the deal with proteins? I've seen them mentioned around the site, but not enough to know if they're good, bad, or what... I just realized that both my cowash (Vo5) & condish (L'oreal Vive Pro Nutrigloss, & yes, the right one) both have protein... is that bad?

2. When I first started my hair got a lot better. I'm a wavy 2b, so I started low-pooing (Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat) every other day. I've since weaned myself to low-pooing every 3rd day, which worked until recently. My hair is currently a nasty mess. I'm noticing flakes all over my shirt, when I've never ever had a problem with dandruff before, & no matter how much mousse I use (Herbal Essences Totally Twisted) it becomes a crunchy, greasy-looking mess. I know a gross transition period is normal, but does that include the flakes?? Also, how long does the gross period usually last?

3. I might baking soda & ACV rinse tomorrow to try to remedy things. How often do you recommend doing so, & is it okay to do both in one shower? Should I condition afterwards?
Hi,

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.
~belasuna
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
1. Thanks for clearing that up! Sounds like I need the proteins.

2. I use a small amount (dime size) of LVPN as a leavein, then the HETT mousse. I have thick hair that just about grazes my collarbone, & use about half a palm's worth of mousse. I've been using the mousse for years, pre-CG, & never had a problem, but I will try cutting down & see if that helps!

Hard water is definitely a possibility, & I moved into school a week ago & that was when I started having problems. In previous years I felt like the water here made my hair a little wavier, but that was also pre-CG & with longer hair (the longer, the wavier for me).

3. I took your advice & didn't use the baking soda this morning. I used the ACV mixed with water & dumped it on my head... should I be working it in or something?

Thanks for all your help!
1. Thanks for clearing that up! Sounds like I need the proteins.

2. I use a small amount (dime size) of LVPN as a leavein, then the HETT mousse. I have thick hair that just about grazes my collarbone, & use about half a palm's worth of mousse. I've been using the mousse for years, pre-CG, & never had a problem, but I will try cutting down & see if that helps!

Hard water is definitely a possibility, & I moved into school a week ago & that was when I started having problems. In previous years I felt like the water here made my hair a little wavier, but that was also pre-CG & with longer hair (the longer, the wavier for me).

3. I took your advice & didn't use the baking soda this morning. I used the ACV mixed with water & dumped it on my head... should I be working it in or something?

Thanks for all your help!
Originally Posted by krm0789
Sorry, I was not specific. Carefully pour it over your hair so that most of it gets on your hair and not down the drain. Then gently work it into your hair. I do this by gently rubbing my hair between my palms. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse and condition. I hope it helps. The protein should help also. Since you can't do anything about the water at school, do a ACV rinse once a week or when you feel you need to. If ever the buildup gets real bad you can try Aubrey Organics swimmers shampoo.
~belasuna
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

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