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Old 05-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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How do you know if your hair is craving protein?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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Funny you should I ask - I just came across this great post about protein-moisture balancing.
You can do a 'strand test/ wet assesment' as described in the article, and you can find out if your hair needs moisture, protein or is balanced.

If you do a strand test (pull a strand of hair, and see how it behaves) and you get any of the results below, you need more protein:

(When Wet or Dry) Stretches a little more than normal then breaks, you need more protein in your regimen.

(When Wet or Dry)Stretches, stretches, stretches with no significant breakage yet, add a bit more protein to your regimen.

(Wet)- Feels weak, gummy, mushy, or limp, you need to add more protein to your regimen.

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Hydrating Conditioner or Protein Conditioner and wash daily
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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I started using protein in products.... PT's first then in RO's and finally LI's. I do a wet-scrunch test:

Mushy hair and loose waves when released = needs more protein
Hair has some structure to it and holds a tight wave/curl when released = just right
Hair feels hard and resists scrunching = too much protein, do a DT

It took several weeks of slowly upping the protein before my hair stopped feeling mushy when I wet-scrunched and started having decent wave when dry. Also, the terms protein-sensitive and -craving are misleading, protein requirements vary along a spectrum just like moisture, some people need less and others more. The trick is to find you're hairs happy place and try to stay in it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. I've been wondering the same thing! I guess I might need a little more protein in my hair regime. Does anyone know of any vitamins that might help?
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing. I've been wondering the same thing! I guess I might need a little more protein in my hair regime. Does anyone know of any vitamins that might help?
You mean supplements that you take in tablet form by mouth or actual vitamins (B group, C, E) that you apply to your hair and scalp?
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