Protein and Moisture

So I've been doing tests to see if my hair needs either more moisture or more protein. Well from what I've gathered it needs both. It's super porous (sinks to the bottom) which is weird because I feel it takes forever for my shoulder length hair to dry (like an hour and a half to two hours) and it breaks after stretching for a long time and is overly soft. I don't use a blow dryer, I don't curl my hair. I started cowashing my hair recently and I've stopped using SLS and 'cones in my hair. Any idea how to add both to my hair so that it can get the balance it needs? My hair is also very fine and thin. It's 2b/c right now but I see potential for it to be 3a when it starts growing out (I have a horrible short hair cut) should also mention that it's been probably 5 years since I've dyed my hair and it's been over 10 since I've permed my hair.

Last edited by twiztedlilfae; 05-06-2012 at 12:28 PM.
So I've been doing tests to see if my hair needs either more moisture or more protein. Well from what I've gathered it needs both. It's super porous (sinks to the bottom) which is weird because I feel it takes forever for my shoulder length hair to dry (like an hour and a half to two hours) and it breaks after stretching for a long time and is overly soft. I don't use a blow dryer, I don't curl my hair. I started cowashing my hair recently and I've stopped using SLS and 'cones in my hair. Any idea how to add both to my hair so that it can get the balance it needs? My hair is also very fine and thin. It's 2b/c right now but I see potential for it to be 3a when it starts growing out (I have a horrible short hair cut) should also mention that it's been probably 5 years since I've dyed my hair and it's been over 10 since I've permed my hair.
Originally Posted by twiztedlilfae
If it takes your hair a maximum of two hours to completely air dry, that is not long at all. Most wavies and curlies take more hours than that. For example, mine is normal porosity and if I air dry it, it can take five hours to completely dry.

Since your hair is fine, I would encourage you to add more protein than moisture, as fine hair generally likes more protein than moisture. Try searching the forums for "PT recipe as promised" - I would post the link but I can't from my iPod - that will give you an at home PT recipe. As far as moisture, your hair would probably like something like Tresemme Naturals as a rinse out because it does have moisture but it's not too heavy.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


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^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
Thanks, I guess I'm just used to it being short (my last hair cut was above my chin) and I've been wanting to chop my hair off again because I feel it'd be better to start over lol. I did a protein treatment a few hours ago. I don't know how many times a week I should do this. >.< My hairs way too soft and the curl/wave falls out.
Thanks, I guess I'm just used to it being short (my last hair cut was above my chin) and I've been wanting to chop my hair off again because I feel it'd be better to start over lol. I did a protein treatment a few hours ago. I don't know how many times a week I should do this. >.< My hairs way too soft and the curl/wave falls out.
Originally Posted by twiztedlilfae
What kind of PT did you do and how long did you leave it in? Protein definitely should help perk your waves/curls up.
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse


http://public.fotki.com/kdawn12/


^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later
used egg, some miracle whip and olive oil. I don't know when I'll be able to buy anything else for my hair. I just read some on here that egg doesn't really work and since the miracle whip really isn't mayo it didn't do much lol. I left it on for 30 minutes.

Last edited by twiztedlilfae; 05-06-2012 at 03:50 PM.
The protein treatment kimmidawn is talking about is very cheap to make. I can't post a link from my iPhone right now either, but if you go to the 2 board and scroll down or over a few pages the title kimmidawn mentioned should be floating around. It got bumped recently.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
If it's the one with geletin then I found it . Looks interesting, can't wait to attempt it in a few weeks..

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