My hair LOVES cholesterol, but...
This is my very first post, and I'm pretty ignorant about describing my hair with correct terminology, but I'll try my best. I *think* my hair is 2a, but it sounds more like 2b, aside from the amount of curl/wave.
Every conditioner I have ever tried has done nothing for my hair, aside from making it easy to comb through it; otherwise, it's as if I hadn't done anything at all. I began doing a little bit of research, and I came across cholesterol. I bought Queen Helene's cholesterol shortly after. I cannot stress how nice my hair was!!! It was like my hair belonged to a completely different person. I really thought it was a miracle, especially the price. I finished one tub, then decided to try LeKair's cholesterol since it was a bit cheaper. It didn't work as well as Queen Helene (and was even a little greasy), but it was still a dream, all things considering.
A little after using LeKair, I began to have, what I believe now, is an allergic reaction. It was nothing major. There was no pain or itching. I just got raised, red bumps all over my face and chest (essentially, anywhere my hair rested). I switched back to Queen Helene, and the same thing happened. I gave both a rest for a month. I tried QH again, but alas, I reacted again.
As I aforementioned, I know very little, so I assumed that what worked so well was the fact that both were protein. I tried a few protein conditioners, but they didn't work at all; they made my hair just as hard, wiry, and unstructured as every other conditioner I've ever used. Could it be that I simply need a more heavy duty protein conditioner? Can anyone please please please suggest something that they thing would work for me?
I'm sorry this is so long, and I'll appreciate deeply any response I get. I'm at my wit's end!
By the way, I only shampoo my hair once or twice a week, I'm Caucasian, I use heat close to never, and my hair is virgin. I THINK my hair has high porosity because individual strands feel bumpy.
*EDIT* One more important detail: I would have to use this every single time I used the shower. Once it was washed out, it was gone.
Hi Cymbelines, sorry to hear about your allergy. Here's a suggestion: we have a wonderful poster on our forum named Kathymack. She will send you little samples of many different products - each one for a very small amt. of $, like 2-4 dollars.
If you order a few from her, you can try them out and make sure that you don't get an allergic reaction without spending a bundle on something you have to throw out. Do a search for Kathymack and if you need more help finding her, just post here again.
Best of luck!
Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) not a protein. If I have found the correct ingredients list I don't see protein in Queen Helene only in the Lekair. Both products contain parabens and colours that you might have reacted to. Given that other protein conditioners have not benefited you, it seems less likely your hair is protein craving.
Ingredients that jump out from each product as possibly having been beneficial aside from the cholesterol are
Queen Helene: lanolin, mineral oil, propylene glycol (humectant)
LeKair: mineral oil, castor oil (humectant).
My guess would be the propylene glycol-oil combo was the winner, PG is very softening in the right climate. Mineral oil is a great 'sealant'. I don't know what conditioners it is in but there is loads in Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper.
There are other cholesterol products with propylene glycol, for example
African Vision Herbal Cholesterol Deep Conditioner | Social Grocery
But there is still parabens and colourants.
Lastly do you swim, if so have you tried chelating your hair? If not have you spoken to a GP/ dermatologist?
Very informative thread. I use to swear by Queen Helene cholesterol before I went CG. I would mix 1 egg yolk and molasses to it. I never got split ends with this.
I second the African Pride cholesterol. It worked just as well but not as greasy as the QH.
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Thanks Pinkwolf. I was wondering if I could add an egg and will do thanks to you :)
Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream ingredients are: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycery Siearate, Mineral oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lanolin, Cholesterol, Ceteth-24, Propylene Glycol.
Queen Helene Super Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream ingredients are: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mineral Oil, cholesterol, Lanolin, Myristamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phophate, Cetraimonium Chloride, Keratin Amino Acids, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Methlparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Red #40, D&C Red #33.,
Mineral oil should not be used as a MOISTURIZER as it cannot penetrate or moisturize the hair strand. It should be used as a conditioner since it has great properties that smooth and seal the cuticle.
Oils in general are not moisturisers, they don't add or increase water when used alone. Penetrating oils like coconut and olive reduce porosity so reduce the amount of moisture (= water) the hair holds.
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