I posted this to protein sensitive board as well, but this forum gets more traffic and it seems there are a few on here like me who are protein sensitive and low porosity.

I am currently using GVP Cond balm and it works alright but I feel my hair doesn't absorb it and I feel I want something with a little slip. I hate AOHSR. It feels like it just sets on top of my hair. I love products I can find on the ground and use as a base to add some of my beloved oils like grape seed and avocado, and essential oils.
Originally Posted by famus_darling
+1 to the bolded. I even hate the smell; it makes me gag!

I recently discovered Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner. OMG. This stuff is the bizness (at least as far as my hair is concerned). I have low porosity, dense, type 4 hair and I have the whole, "just sitting on top of my head and not absorbing" issue as well with alot of conditioners. I'm also protein sensitive and can only tolerate it in minute amounts in product that doesn't sit on my strands and is rinsed out right away (like shampoo). I've been on the hunt for a moisturizing DC for awhile because I can't stand it when my hair starts getting into that frizzy and dry state that means I'm heading towards protein overload. If I keep the protein going despite the pre-warnings of protein overload, my hair becomes brittle and begins to break. Not even trying to go there...

In any case, my recommendation, like I said, is Giovanni 50:50. I also add oils to my DC and honey as well. This stuff absorbs into my strands (I do use a heat cap after I apply it for 30 minutes) and has my hair soft and moisturized for days. It doesn't have a strong scent at all (unlike AOHSR) and you can buy it on the ground. I found my latest stash at my local Tom Thumb grocery store; reduced price for quick sales ($5.00 a bottle)!

Me Fascina El Pelo

Low Porosity; Medium Strands; Dense