proteinless favorite curl creams

I am searching for good curl creams that have no protein.

I don't use drug store brands- I have discovered that with my picky hair it's a waste of money. I get much better results from products by CJ, Donna Mare, Shescentit, Marie Dean etc but haven't found a good proteinless curl cream by any of them. I love the CJ CCC lite and wish it had no protein.

Any suggestions?
med/coarse; porous; 2c & 3c
protein sensitive
too much glycerin and some oils give me stringlets

!!! LOVE SPRITZ AND CONDISH !!!!

co-wash: Fructis Body Boost condish
low-poo: miss my LLL Green Tea, CJDF
condish/leave-in: DMLI, Elucense MB, KCKT, JCWDT, CJCR, KBB Deep Condish, Marie Dean, Shescensit GTH
style: faves: KCCC, DMCG, AOMMJ, CGG, Elucence Foam, FSG
DT: JCWDT, CJCR, SS Deep Condish



My CG Journey:

I was hoping people would respond.

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Fotki<< Updated 2/10
I think no one responded because we've not found any good protein free curl creams.

The only one I've found is Bioterra (the knock off at Sally's) and I had to give it away because the smell was awful, like old lady strong perfume.
3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
Med-Course
Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
SOTC: JCNS
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Just thought of these. How about Komaza puddings??

Coconut: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil) aloe vera, acrylates, alkyl acrylates, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Cinnamon Cassia.

Califia: Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil) aloe vera, hydrolyzed collagen, acrylates, alkyl acrylates, Sodium Benzoate,Vegetarian Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Cinnamon Cassia.

Not sure about the hydrolyzed collagen.
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
Hydrolyzed collagen is a protein.
3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
Med-Course
Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
SOTC: JCNS
Love your hair: Love yourself!
I've posted this link many times in the forum. Maybe it can be made a sticky. I'm not sure how to do that.

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3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
Med-Course
Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
SOTC: JCNS
Love your hair: Love yourself!
I know that hydrolyzed means it is a protein. However, I know that some proteins appear to be more difficult for people to handle, like wheat protein can cause people who aren't normally protein sensitive to have issues. Keratin protein is one that comes to mind that some of the protein sensitive people seem to be able to tolerate at a "better" level. CJ CCCC has hydrolyzed collagen--and CJ is a line that many people who are protein sensitive are able to use.
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
I wasn't able to use any of the CJ products, and so far have only been able to use something with 'silk protein' (if it's pretty far down the list and I don't use it two days in a row). I've also noticed what seems to be a new sensitivity to aloe - that mimics the protein sensitivity.

That said.... I've found no-protein curl creams, or products that act as a curl cream in my coarse, dry, 3a/almost 3b hair. Some that worked pre-aloe issues:

AfroVeda Curl Define Butter
Uncle Funky's Daughter Super Curl
Mozeke Sweet Almond Pudding (I think another of Mozeke products worked, too, but I gave it away with a swap)
Donna Marie Dream Curling Cream

And currently still working (no aloe, protein, or glycerin):

Bella Curl Styling Cream
MyHoneyChild Organic Styling Creme

Last edited by RebeccaK; 04-27-2011 at 06:51 PM. Reason: edit
Komaza Coconut Pudding dries my hair out if I try to use it more than once every 3 - 4 months.

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Fotki<< Updated 2/10
Thanks for the replies. I was really hoping that the lack of info on creams without protein wasn't from lack of products!!!

Thanks for your link list Goin'Grey. There were a couple of interesting options on there:
Has anyone tried MyHoneyChld creams or Oyin Whipped Pudding. My hair is so coarse that those kinds of heavy products usually weigh me down.

RebeccaK- is the MHC cream a heavy one? How about the other 3 you mentioned? (AfroVeda Curl Define Butter, Uncle Funky's Daughter Super Curl
Mozeke Sweet Almond Pudding) I am looking for one that's more like CCCClite in it's lightness.

I asked Marsha at CJ if she'd formulate a protein free CCCClite but she said there wasn't enough of a market. Perhaps if everyone asked her to she would!!!

I have the same problem with products with coconut- dries my hair out. Too bad coz I love the smell!
med/coarse; porous; 2c & 3c
protein sensitive
too much glycerin and some oils give me stringlets

!!! LOVE SPRITZ AND CONDISH !!!!

co-wash: Fructis Body Boost condish
low-poo: miss my LLL Green Tea, CJDF
condish/leave-in: DMLI, Elucense MB, KCKT, JCWDT, CJCR, KBB Deep Condish, Marie Dean, Shescensit GTH
style: faves: KCCC, DMCG, AOMMJ, CGG, Elucence Foam, FSG
DT: JCWDT, CJCR, SS Deep Condish



My CG Journey:

I found the Komaza coconut pudding (or maybe it was the califia?) to be drying due to the aloe - but that's just me.

All of the products I listed I consider to be very heavy. The MHC organic styling creme is described on their website as being 'light' but I would consider it to be heavy. However, my hair LOVES heavy products. I'd type it as 3a with some 3b if products are right, but it responds best to products geared toward 3c and 4 hair.

I never used CCClite so am not sure of the consistency. MHC does have a very light (liquid-y) product called Sweet Almond Milk which used to act very well as a curl cream for me, since my hair needs the moisture to curl. This product has glycerin, if you need to avoid that.

Donna Marie has a Cocoa Hemp Buttermilk which I loved before I couldn't use aloe anymore. Also has glycerin (but it never bothered me in this product).

I recently ordered MHC's Honey Hair Creme and Honey Hair Mask - loving these, but again very thick and heavy.

I would be glad to send you the MHC sweet almond milk that I have remaining - feel free to PM me your shipping address and I'd be happy to get it out to you in the next few days. I can see what else I have on hand, too, that I can no longer use due to the aloe. Would LOVE to free up some shelf space!!! =)

Last edited by RebeccaK; 05-08-2011 at 04:14 PM. Reason: spelling
Thanks Rebecca- PMd you!
med/coarse; porous; 2c & 3c
protein sensitive
too much glycerin and some oils give me stringlets

!!! LOVE SPRITZ AND CONDISH !!!!

co-wash: Fructis Body Boost condish
low-poo: miss my LLL Green Tea, CJDF
condish/leave-in: DMLI, Elucense MB, KCKT, JCWDT, CJCR, KBB Deep Condish, Marie Dean, Shescensit GTH
style: faves: KCCC, DMCG, AOMMJ, CGG, Elucence Foam, FSG
DT: JCWDT, CJCR, SS Deep Condish



My CG Journey:

I thought i was the only one looking for a great curl cream.

If I could make my own, I certainly would. So far, i've been using Qhemet Biologics AOHC. It's just so greasy. I usually water it down and then use it but the greasy feel is still there. My hair also doesn't like a lot of things that mimic protein. It doesnt like plant extracts much especially aloe or jojoba oil. i can tolerate coconut oil but only if its close to the bottom of the ingredient list and if i dont use it often.

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3c/4a
Protein Sensitive
Poo: SheaMoisture Retention Shampoo
Co-wash: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Condish
DT: Qhemet AOHC
Stylers: Qhemet Honey Bush Gel or SheaMoisture Deep Masque Treatment
Honestly, I just use a small amount of heavy oil or cocoa butter. I've been burned too many times from curl creams making my hair hard and crunchy.
My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
Straightened length: Waist (layers)
Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

Condish/Shampoo: VO5
Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
I've posted this link many times in the forum. Maybe it can be made a sticky. I'm not sure how to do that.

Sulfate, Protein & Silicone-Free Products | Healthy Curls
Originally Posted by Goin'Grey
It's a good link too...I was checking it out last night and was happy to see many of the products I already have on the list
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