Natural/Homemade Protein-free Conditioner

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I have been experimenting with making my own natural products because I am attempting to stick to the CG method and refrain from cones, parabens, alcohol, etc. because I don't need any extra help drying out my hair! (LOL ) Plus, my hair is VERY picky and doesnt take to many products. My biggest problem is that my hair feels super dry and brittle at times, which led me to believe that I am protein sensitive; seeing as my hair is really thick, coarse and very tightly coiled (corkscrew, I guess?). Anyway, my questions are for other experimenters or those with knowledge about:

1. What natural products I should stay away from that contain protein?

2. What are some good natural products that moisturize well?

3. What can I use to make a conditioner, deep conditioner, or leave-in?

4. What about sprays/gels?

Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks ladies!
"I'm triple-D: Determined, Dedicated, and Driven to fulfill my destiny."

--DKH


I started deep conditioning with oils recently and it works great to moisturize my otherwise super dry hair. I use about 3/4 cup of olive oil, thicken it with about a tablespoon of my favorite conditioner and add about a teaspoon of castor oil for shine. You can also add honey to the mix too - I don't anymore because humectants make my hair too frizzy in this weather. I smooth the mixture onto my hair in sections, cover with a plastic cap and put on my heat cap for about an hour. Sometimes I just wrap a towel over the plastic cap and leave it in over night for extra conditioning. So far this works better than any commercial deep conditioning treatment I've bought. And I no longer have to worry about my conditioning treatment having tiny amounts of protein in it.
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Poo: Mehandi Zizyphus Spina Christi and Juniper Shampoo Bar
Co-wash/Detangler/Leave-in: V05, Giovanni SAS, Tresemme Naturals, Suave Naturals, GVP Conditioning Balm, Aussie Moist
DC: henna, AOHR, AOWC, Yes to Carrots, DevaOne
Sealing: cocoa butter

Natural since 1990, BC #3 September 2008
Bump for this, I'm suspicious of my hair being protein-sensitive as well because it is quite thick and feeling dry and brittle. I've read about oils being sealants though! They don't exactly moisturize but they seal moisture in, and can seal it out as well. I have been using honey in my tresemme naturals, but what other ingredients can I use besides honey?
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Homemade DC:

Molasses, aloe vera gel or juice, honey, mayonnaise. and/or your favorite oils (since all oils are only made up of fat). Combine the ingredients, whip up the measurements to your hair's liking, and use for however long may be needed.

Leave-in:

You can combine your favorite oils, molasses, honey, aloe vera gel/juice, glycerin, and/or rosewater with water in a spray bottle and spritz daily. Or you can mix aloe vera gel with some oils and apply like you would a creamy leave-in.

HTH.

[quote=SummerRuby;1402569]Homemade DC:

Molasses, aloe vera gel or juice, honey, mayonnaise. and/or your favorite oils (since all oils are only made up of fat). Combine the ingredients, whip up the measurements to your hair's liking, and use for however long may be needed.

Leave-in:

You can combine your favorite oils, molasses, honey, aloe vera gel/juice, glycerin, and/or rosewater with water in a spray bottle and spritz daily. Or you can mix aloe vera gel with some oils and apply like you would a creamy leave-in.

Doesn't mayo and glycerin both have protein?
"I'm triple-D: Determined, Dedicated, and Driven to fulfill my destiny."

--DKH


[quote=Deekeshay32;1403606]
Homemade DC:

Molasses, aloe vera gel or juice, honey, mayonnaise. and/or your favorite oils (since all oils are only made up of fat). Combine the ingredients, whip up the measurements to your hair's liking, and use for however long may be needed.

Leave-in:

You can combine your favorite oils, molasses, honey, aloe vera gel/juice, glycerin, and/or rosewater with water in a spray bottle and spritz daily. Or you can mix aloe vera gel with some oils and apply like you would a creamy leave-in.

Doesn't mayo and glycerin both have protein?
Originally Posted by SummerRuby
Glycerin doesn't have any protein- it's a humectant. Also, you'd think mayo would have protein since it has eggs, but if you look on the table of contents on the container, it'll say that it has 0 grams of protein. =\
Well thanks because that's exactly what I was thinking. Plus I have been wanting to try a few homemade deep conditioners that involve either yogurt, eggs, or mayo and I knew eggs and yogurt have protein and assumed mayo did too because of the eggs. Now I can try the recipes that call for mayo. Any other kitchen item that I can use in a recipe besides an oil like olive or coconut?
"I'm triple-D: Determined, Dedicated, and Driven to fulfill my destiny."

--DKH


Bump for this, I'm suspicious of my hair being protein-sensitive as well because it is quite thick and feeling dry and brittle. I've read about oils being sealants though! They don't exactly moisturize but they seal moisture in, and can seal it out as well. I have been using honey in my tresemme naturals, but what other ingredients can I use besides honey?
Originally Posted by mimiko
Most oils are sealants. But olive oil and coconut oil have molecules small enough to penetrate the hair strand so they actually impart moisture to the hair, they don't seal. Heavier oils like castor will seal though.
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3c/4a OS curls
Poo: Mehandi Zizyphus Spina Christi and Juniper Shampoo Bar
Co-wash/Detangler/Leave-in: V05, Giovanni SAS, Tresemme Naturals, Suave Naturals, GVP Conditioning Balm, Aussie Moist
DC: henna, AOHR, AOWC, Yes to Carrots, DevaOne
Sealing: cocoa butter

Natural since 1990, BC #3 September 2008
I started deep conditioning with oils recently and it works great to moisturize my otherwise super dry hair. I use about 3/4 cup of olive oil, thicken it with about a tablespoon of my favorite conditioner and add about a teaspoon of castor oil for shine. You can also add honey to the mix too - I don't anymore because humectants make my hair too frizzy in this weather. I smooth the mixture onto my hair in sections, cover with a plastic cap and put on my heat cap for about an hour. Sometimes I just wrap a towel over the plastic cap and leave it in over night for extra conditioning. So far this works better than any commercial deep conditioning treatment I've bought. And I no longer have to worry about my conditioning treatment having tiny amounts of protein in it.
Originally Posted by aubin
Thanks aubin! I have implemented the DC mainly w/ oils and have been using the baggy method at night as a pre-poo treatment before wash days...I must say that it HAS WORKED WONDERS!!! My hair is not as dry as it normally is in the middle of co-washing my hair...THANK GOD! I also have been experimenting with ayuverdic paste treatments every other week for the past two months or so and I have changed up products I use for cowashes, leave-ins and stylers. I have noticed that I can retain moisture a WHOLE lot longer than I use to. All in all, I think my regimen is coming along SLOWLY but surely!!
"I'm triple-D: Determined, Dedicated, and Driven to fulfill my destiny."

--DKH


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