02-19-2013, 10:20 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
I am a course, high porosity curly and I generally like using some protein. In fact, the only time I ever get hair compliments is when I have used a protein product somewhere in the process. IMO, the best way to determine if your hair likes protein is if *you* like your hair with protein. Protein essentially forms better shaped curls on me. It however, does not help me form clumps. Here is my experience with different proteins that Iíve used:
Wheat Ė Makes my hair thicker with a more definite curl pattern. I donít really want thicker hair though, so I donít use this too often. Wheat protein is also supposed to help retain moisture too, and I find that it does this for me as well.
Silk Ė This is light in the sense my hair doesnít get thicker and if I use it right, I get some pretty amazing ringlets. I canít seem to get it to work consistently though, and it can also make my hair feel rough or hard if I overdo it.
Keratin Ė Only used this in a rinse out but it was, as they say, the bomb.com for my hair. It helped boost the structure but since it was in a RO and not a styler, it let my leave-in smooth the cuticle so my hair felt soft and smooth as well. Coconut oil seems to have a similar effect on my hair as keratin.
I went a few rounds of washes without using any protein and my hair got very mushy (no structure with a wishy-washy curl pattern). That, to me, was the clearest sign to add a little protein to the process.
High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink
DT: SS DDMT - HG
Lo-Poo: No Preference
Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
LI: CK Satin Roots
Styler: CK Coil Jam
Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers