Products with protein that didn't work for you..

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I am on a discovery mission. I need to know whether my hair is protein sensitive. I know there are some products that really make my hair like out of this planet, well, is the sense of dry, brittle and just shrinking frizzy hair.

I can tell so far these products are not great for my hair:

Suave - probably all of them. I must have used more then half a bottle to detangle my hair and it was still cracking dry.

Ouidad - same squeakiness..

Shea Moisture - deep treatment. Just oily and my hair does not like.

Curly Hair solutions - once the water rinses out it does make it soft, and dries rather quickly ... WHILE IN THE SHOWER!

Thanks ladies - this has been helpful. I will report back with hopefully progress... looking for a progress report but I need to know what product ingredients to watch out for... sigh
Originally Posted by followmesky
Which line of Suave were you using? I use Suave naturals and I dont believe they have protein in them (except the coconut one, I always hear that has protein)
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A lot of Ojon products just do not do it for me.
Specifically the Damage Reverse Line, which is loaded with hydrolized wheat protein!!!
Very coarse, thick, porous 3B. My biggest challenge is SOFTNESS and SHINE.

Current shampoo: Biosilk w/ added vitamin E
Current conditioner: Lush Okra
Leave-ins: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, KCCC
CG didn't work for me. Oils don't work for me. Trying hard to learn how to love my hair. Read my blog.
Devacurl- everything

Bb creme de coco (back before I was CG)

Joico k-pak- at first I thought it was the mineral oil but turns out my hair doesn't really mind mineral oil

Aphogee PT

Aveda- everything (back when I wasn't CG)

I'm not even that protein sensitive! My hair usually loves proteins but only in curly specific products, like CJ.
3a
medium/thick
Loves protein and oils

Low-poo: MopTop gentle shampoo
Co-wash: CJDF, Jessicurl Aloeba
RO: Jessicurl Too Shea, MopTop daily conditioner, CJ rehab, CJ strengthening
LI: ^^^
DT: Jessicurl WDT, SS Deeply Decadent
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 min
Oils: argan, sweet almond, jessicurl oil blend
Stylers: SS firm hold, SS curl enhancing jelly, Kiss My Face Upper Management gel, AG Recoil
I recently discovered my protein sensitivity after lurking this forum. I found that a lot of the product you girls are mentioning did the same thing to my hair. Here are some:

-All of the AO stuff. I tried AOHR and GPB both poo and condish...yukk!
-Ecostyler protein (the dark one). This was ok in my hair until day 2.
-Organix coconut poo and condish. Straw- like stringy hair from the get go.
-Coonut oil. Frizzy, straw-like, and dry.

Also, the first time I tried going natural (i was about 15-16), a hairstylist told my mom that I needed lots of protein in my hair and recommended a protein based poo and condish. After using up the entire HUGE bottles of both, I hated my hair and decided to relax again. Now it hits me that my hair just didn't like the protein in it. After about another year and a half, I decided to go natural again and stuck with it that time.

There are probably a lot of other products that haven't worked for me because of the protein content and I probably didn't even know.

ETA: Jane Carter Solutions Revitalizing Leave In and Condition & Sculpt also did not work for me and I just discovered on Curlmart that they contain protein. Giovanni L.A. natural styling gel also did not work for me. I looked up the ingredients and it contains soybean protein. Could it be that my hair does not like ANY protein at all?
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3c/4a
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APL curly

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Last edited by curledlove; 12-27-2011 at 11:41 PM.
Cantu leave in Cond Shea butter, builds up turns hair to straw.
Organix coconut milk instant repair cream, feels great at first on most of my hair, but turns hair on top conger to straw.
Aloe Vera, jojoba, coconut oil never do good thing for my hair.
Me: 3c, very thick
BC- May 2010
Current routine:
pre poo: avacado, banana babyfood, grapeseed oil, and silk amino acid. Cleanser: DC No Poo 1x a week and BC 1x a week. DT: GVP Cond balm and grape seed oil
Co-wash: GVP CD, TJ tea tree
Leave-in: GVP CD, TJ tea tree, and grape seed oil
Styling: HETT and castor oil
DD (8 & 6 yo): both4s (1 thick, 2 thin) – keep in 2strand twists
DD (4yo): 3b (very thin, hard to grow) – keep in single braids with lots of beads for protection
Omg does jojoba have protein? Does your hair not like it for other reasons or is it a protein issue? I am loving jojoba oil I really hope it will continue giving me good result..

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3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








Deva stuff
Suave naturals coconut conditioner
BRHG
LALSG
3 a/b Medium texture/Normal porosity/Normal elasticity
Products I'm currently using:
Lo-Poo: KC Come Clean (1 x week)
Co-wash/RO: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Stylers: UFD CM + BRHG

Hair dislikes: lots of protein, glycerin
jojoba doesn't give me a really bad reaction, but it does turn my curls limp. However, at the point I was using jojoba everyday on wet hair just out of the shower, my hair was still warm, so the hair shaft was still open. I haven't tried it since, so if it's working for you I say let it keep working.
Me: 3c, very thick
BC- May 2010
Current routine:
pre poo: avacado, banana babyfood, grapeseed oil, and silk amino acid. Cleanser: DC No Poo 1x a week and BC 1x a week. DT: GVP Cond balm and grape seed oil
Co-wash: GVP CD, TJ tea tree
Leave-in: GVP CD, TJ tea tree, and grape seed oil
Styling: HETT and castor oil
DD (8 & 6 yo): both4s (1 thick, 2 thin) – keep in 2strand twists
DD (4yo): 3b (very thin, hard to grow) – keep in single braids with lots of beads for protection
I have a similat reaction with jojoba on my hair. When I put on my scalp its lovely though.

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3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








I'm coming to the realization that I too may be protein sensitive. My hair hated Shea Moisture smoothie and deep treatment masque. Started off great, slowly became hard, poofy, dry mess!
Originally Posted by Cuban-curl-E
My hair also started off loving the Shea Moisture but I have noticed my hair is dryer when using the product line exclusively so I will be divorcing this line fairly soon. I need my hair to be detangled and manageble without a battle.

My absolute worst experience to date:

Carol's Daughter Tui- Soy protein. I went three months trying to repair that damage. I walked into Sephora with a before picture of my hair and showed them my hair after... they gave me a refund and several samples of restorative (high end) treatment masks. The women were horrified!

Ampro Gel-my hair hated that when I was relaxed

The Beautiful Curls my Alafia is not working for me either....the search continues.

I have only used one EcoStyler and that is the one with Argan Oil---but I have since began to make my own flaxseed gel which is budget friendly and works just as well.

Does anyone have sensitivity to organic coconut oil? I find that I can use it no problems so far.
Hair type= 3B
Shampoo= Alaffia Shea Line; If I have to clarify KKCC
Conditioner= Be Gud,
Co Wash= Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
Leave In/Detangler: Treseme Naturals
Product: Whipped Shea Butter, Ecostyler Gel with Argan or Olive oil

GROWING IT ALL OUT Naturally (no sulfate, silicones, parabens, or hydrogenated oils)

CURLDIVA is on YOUTUBE
http://www.facebook.com/Prophetess.K.../?notif_t=like
Wow, I'm new and this has got to be 1 of the most helpful threads out there.

Thank you!!
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

made my hair dry and mad at me... i couldn't figure out why my hair would instantly dry and get poofy as soon as i would apply the product.

it just hit me today after looking at the ingredients list that ive been applying silk protein to my hair no wonder my hair has been kicking and screaming...

too bad... i wanted my hair to like it because it worked for some many curlies on YT
http://www.fotki.com/vangrey
Updated April 6, 2010

CG Method

Type: 3b
Porous, normal elasticity, and coarse texture

Cowash: CJ Daily Fix
Styling: CJ, jojoba oil, KCCC
DT: CJ Curl Rehab, CR Algae Deep conditioner
Suave coconut conditioner
Dessert Essence Italian red grape conditioner
Nexxus emergencee (Crunchville)


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3B Live Curly Live Free Analysis: Texture = Medium Porosity = Normal Elasticity = Normal
3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
Any Devacurl products ;p after 4 days of use, it suddenly flash-froze my hair and made a bunch of it fall out! Only then did it dawn on me (by coming here) that hops are protein...actually I am happy that happened, because that disaster was what made me learn that my hair hates protein!

Also,
Redken products
Desert Essences Coconut shampoo and condish
John Frieda products
Nexxus products
Sally Hershberger products...
egg and mayo treatments
coconut *milk*

...and probably a billion more that I never figured out, because at the time I didn't know about protein sensitivity...

My hair actually loves coconut oil, and on the jars I have of organic coconut oil, it says Protein: 0 Grams. So I know for sure it has none, although the coco milk does! And now, before I buy anything at all, I come here, and I use the filter menu on the left and I check the "no protein" box, and then I go read the reviews, to make sure I am not getting any protein products...very useful!
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!
ECOSTYLER!
FOTE
AOMM
AOHR
Tresemme Naturals

These are the ones that caused a problem right away. I'm sure there's more, Im trying to figure out the culprits of what is causing my hair to still be acting like there is something with protein I'm using.
Originally Posted by AfroPRChica
AOMM doesn't have protein.

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3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
Suave coconut conditioner
Dessert Essence Italian red grape conditioner
Nexxus emergencee (Crunchville)



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3B Live Curly Live Free Analysis: Texture = Medium Porosity = Normal Elasticity = Normal
Originally Posted by kurlygurly
I forgot to mention:
-Beautiful curls Shea butter curl
activating cream for curly to kinky hair
-Beautiful curls curl enhancing Shea
butter leave-in conditioner for wavy to
curly hair
-Desert essence coconut shine & refine hair Lotion
-Desert essence coconut soft curls hair cream


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3B Live Curly Live Free Analysis: Texture = Medium Porosity = Normal Elasticity = Normal
3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
I had the nerve to co-wash with the V05 moisture milks with protein, then I used the shea moisture smoothie with protein, if that wasn't bad enough, I used Eco olive oil gel with another type of protein. I was at work, and my hair puffed up so bad, and looked so horrible, I wanted to go home. It was so hard, I thought it would break off if I touched it. I haven't used any of these products again, but I think what I'm going to do is try them one at a time to see which, if any I can use. I'm going to try the V05 first as a co-wash, cause I don't think I had any problem with it by itself, I use treseme naturals as my leave in. Then maybe I'll try the smoothie. now that its getting cold, I can just throw a hat on if I have a bad hair day. I have so much of all this stuff around the house, I hope I can use some of them, maybe I'm not sensitive to everything.
1) Mane n Tail
This not only left a gross buildup, but it made my hair dry and weird, and my friend, who isn't even sensitive, hated it too. She said it dried her hair out completely.

2) Fairy Tales Energizing Leave-in
I like this for a while...it was a great cowash, and it was natural. The smell was great, too! Then in winter, my hair got so dry from it (due to wheat and soy protein) that when my hair went across my face, it hurt and scratched!

3) Shea Moisture Smoothie
Ewww...this did nothing for hold, and it made my hair soooooooo dry.

4) Shea Moisture C & S Milk
This made my hair like straw too.

5) Alba Botanica Soft Style Cream
Maybe I'll try this again one day. It clumped me and made my curls soft at first, but then they died out and got dry. Turns out, it has moringa protein, or something?

Cure Care had keratin...
It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. I think I can handle keratin more. However, wheat, soy, and silk are for my hair.
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie, curl & style milk, suave naturals coconut, anything wheat derived, eco styler Krystal.
3a, baby fine i/ii, low to normal porosity, protein sensitive
Mod CG since 5/12, from rainy Western WA
dislikes: glycerin, wheat protein
Likes: moisture, Mag Sulfate
Poo: Elucence Moisture Acidifying Shampoo
Cond: CJCR, VO5 Clarifying Conditioner
LI: JC WDT, CJ CR
Style: Loma Curvature Curvy Cream, True Polaris Protein Free Truly curly styling gel (Etsy), Sweet Curls flax seed defining gel (Etsy)
Suave Naturals Coconut didn't work for me. VO5 Moisture Milks and VO5 Silk...whatever is fine in my hair, though my hair likes the Moisture Milks better. I'm guessing my hair likes the protein in VO5 but not Suave--given how stubborn I can be, it's only appropriate that my hair is stubborn as well! Lol.
3C, almost shoulder length (when stretched). Low Porosity, Protein Sensitive.
Low Poo: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
Shampoo: Proclaim Olive Glossing Shampoo
RO: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash
LI: Proclaim Olive Glossing Condish
Oils: JBCO, EVOO, Grapeseed Oil
Styling: Fantasia IC Hair Polisher
DC: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm



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