I went CG a little over two weeks ago and, until this weekend, had been using the same routine every day. This past weekend, I made the mistake of trying a couple new things on the same day. I ended up with straw-like hair that was SO easily tangled, and I'm trying to figure out whether I am protein sensitive or what else could have happened.
One change I made was from a protein-free conditioner to Nature's Gate Tea Tree conditioner for my rinse-out/leave-in, which has hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and hops extract.
Before this weekend, I had been doing the "stretch test" on shed hairs in the shower. My hair stretched nicely and bounced back well. I did the stretch test on Saturday, the first day with my straw-hair, and it didn't really seem any different. Does this mean it wasn't a protein issue? Would my hair instantly act differently on the stretch test, or does it take a long time to lose elasticity, despite the strawlike, dry feel?
Another change was a switch to Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, which has coconut oil and aloe (both new ingredients for me). I also did a BS and ACV rinse for the first time, both diluted 1 tbsp to 1 cup water. So… protein, aloe, or ACV causing the issue? The world may never know!! (but seriously… rookie mistake, trying so many new things in one day).
Thanks for any tips!
2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
The problem may be doing all of those things at once! What usually causes that hard and dry hair feeling is protein. I think the issue you are having is protein overload. If your hair was doing just fine without protein, then you added those 3 proteins from the natures gate conditioner, you may have completely overloaded your strands. Imagine someone that usually eats a small plate of food daily and has always been fine. Then all of a sudden they decide to eat 3 large plates of food in one sitting. That is a shock to the system and so is introducing hair to protein, especially when it hasn't given you any inclinations that it actually needs it.
DON'T WORRY! My suggestion would be to switch back to the old conditioner you were using. Normalize your hair before trying anything new and try one thing at a time but I think you know that now. I am not a fan of ACV + BS because you are basically mixing an acid and a base on human hair. If you must do this, normalize your hair before trying it again to see whether it is beneficial for your hair.
What was the protein free conditioner you were using?
I have a youtube channel [cassochinadoll] where I explain the difference between protein sensitive and protein overload and how to tell which one you have.