Protein ? I'm confused..

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  • 1 Post By Wild_n_Curly21
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After reading another girls article about her hair problems they sounded so similar to mine! I have 2c mostly with a top layer of 3b curls.. Today after my normal weekly deep conditioning treatment I rinsed it out in the shower and the it felt sorta.. Dry? But not .. So I added more conditioner an then put my LI as normal and styled my hair as normal but now it is super limp and super soft !! This other girl was saying her hair was limp and needed protein.. But she also said she had fine hair? Mine is medium but underneath I have a section of very coarse hair which no matter WHAT I do it still does its own thing (I've actually considered cutting it off at one point 😖 terrible thought I know!!) if protein is my problem.. Why? What does protein do? And what products do I use to get a healthy amount/kind of protein? Everyone posts on here to be patient to figure it out and I'm trying! But it's weird to have one AMAZING day of hair and the next day sucks!! I'm so glad have you curlies who understand all this (: neither of my parents have this hair so I am kinda on my own figuring it out!! Thank you for your replies !!!
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I'm far from an expert but fine hair seems to need more protein. I'd do a protein treatment once a week and deep treatment afterwards... This helps my curls. It takes practice to get the right level of protein... For me (fine hair) I do a gelatine PT for 30mins and DT for 1hr... Not getting it right means I end up with stringy limp curls which take a few days to recover...
Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)
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How do I know a product has protein in it? Will it literally have protein in the ingredients list ?
Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)
Originally Posted by kathymack
What is a gelatin protein treatment ? And I don't know how to find out what kind of porosity I have?
How do I know a product has protein in it? Will it literally have protein in the ingredients list ?
Originally Posted by Wild_n_Curly21
This is the first thing that came up when I searched for "names of proteins." There are a lot more. Protein by other names
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Kathymack (or someone else can answer as well): with the AO GPB, I am considering maybe buying that once I get my hairanalysis results back and once I am sure I am not coarsehaired

Could you use that everytime you condition (in my case 3 times a week) or would that be too much for someone who isn't proteincraving but who doesn't dislike proteins either?
Curly hair is very inconsistent. Get used to it, LOL! As you learn more about your hair, and what it likes, it should get better.

My hair is fine and never met a protein it didn't like. For me, protein tightens my curl, increases volume and reduces frizz. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.

If your hair is medium, it should tolerate most protein fairly well. At the very least, there should be some proteins your hair likes. You don't mention your porosity. Porous hair generally needs protein. Hair also seems to need more protein as the weather warms up. Some of the coarser haired curlies add more to their regime in the summer.

You could start by using a protein rich conditioner (AO GPB or Sally's has several) to see if that helps. If your hair reacts well, you can consider doing a PT (followed by a DT depending which one you do.)
Originally Posted by kathymack
What is a gelatin protein treatment ? And I don't know how to find out what kind of porosity I have?
Originally Posted by Wild_n_Curly21
Here's a link to help you with porosity (and learn other things.) Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

Here's the link about the gelatin PT PT recipe - as promised
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Kathymack (or someone else can answer as well): with the AO GPB, I am considering maybe buying that once I get my hairanalysis results back and once I am sure I am not coarsehaired

Could you use that everytime you condition (in my case 3 times a week) or would that be too much for someone who isn't proteincraving but who doesn't dislike proteins either?
Originally Posted by Neleke
My hair doesn't love the AO conditioners. When I first started on nc.com and tried them, the most I could use them is twice a week (I wet, use a rinse out and style every day.) Personally, I wouldn't use it every time you condition, especially if your hair doesn't LOVE, LOVE , LOVE protein. Mine loves protein and I use other protein conditioners--not that, too much.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Sooo crappy I don't know what my hair loves I will be so happy when my hair analysis results get in my mailbox. I'm getting a bit impatient though since I sent my hair on april 12th

Will be trying a little bit of a PT today (gelatin but only for 5 minutes)

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