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Old 12-04-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
 
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Default Maybe not protein sensitive?

I thought that my hair was protein sensitive because all he products that were drying my hair out was protein based. The curl enhancer and frizz control that I have now I'm almsot positive don't have proteins in it, yet my hair is still dry. I am so confused. My hair is constantly staying dry and frizzy. I have no idea how to fix it. Help.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
 
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Protein sensitive hair is generally described as "straw-like". If your hair is just dry and frizzy it probably needs more moisture. This is a good tut on doing a wet stretch test: http://www.organiccolorsystems.com/a...-stretch-test/. Ignore the product recs they give, it's for a professional colorist and from a company pushing their products, but the how-to part and what it means is good.

Are you low-porosity by any chance?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
 
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I just did the test and it broke, so the description said it was lacking protein and moisture.

and I just did the porosity test. I had done it before, but got confused by it. It seemed pretty smooth to me, so I guess I am low porosity. but the description of low porosity doesn't describe my hair. high-porosity does. Maybe I'm doing the test wrong. lol.

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
 
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Actually, I think texture is a better indicator of protein sensitivity. My fine/low porosity hair LOVES protein.

You don't mention what products you're using. It would give people a better idea of what the problem is. Do you use shampoo?? DT?? Use products with a lot of chemicals?? It could be anything.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
 
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Shampoo and Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme

Spray Gel: Suave Curl Enhancer Spray

And then I had bought the L'Oreal eversleek frizz control and that makes my hair icky. The gel also hardens on my hair.

I was using EO Products, from the shampoos to the styling products.They were okay for a while and then my hair started drying out more and more, so I stopped those.

I've also used the Yes to Carrots. That didn't add enough moisture to my hair.

Added: I try to stay away from the sulfates, cones, parabens, proteins, etc.
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I wasn't attempting to connect porosity and protein. I asked only because many people don't know how to help their low-po hair accept moisture.

OP - to start repairing your hair, you might consider a light PT. This can even be just a protein rich conditioner. Your hair might be protein sensitive but still needs a little. Mine needs a protein-rich RO occasionally - any more than that, though, is way too much. Follow the PT with a good DT.
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RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #7
 
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would adding something like coconut oil and olive oil to a homemade leave in be okay?
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:57 AM   #8
 
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would adding something like coconut oil and olive oil to a homemade leave in be okay?
Oil in and of itself isn't moisturizing. If your hair is fine and/or low porosity, it won't soak in at all--you could end up with greasy hair that you have to shampoo.

Can't help you with products. I haven't used any you listed. My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:16 AM   #9
 
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I have medium with some course texture thrown in and protein works well for me, though it’s not ideal because I also have dense hair. The protein gives me better and more uniform curls- probably because I have color damage. The trade-off is my already thick hair looks a little thicker.


To the OP, use the search function to check out , sealing the hair, pH and closing the cuticle – it might be that you need to better seal your hair to eliminate frizz. Also, I am not sure what the L’oreal frizz control is – is that a serum? Maybe you need to add a leave-in versus yourcurl spray. For me, I cannot imagine not using a moisture based leave-in of some sort. Even before curly girl, that was a must do for frizz control.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
 
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Do your products have glycerin in them?
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It seemed fairly sleek to me, so I think I am low porosity. but the information of low porosity doesn't explain my locks. high-porosity does.
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