All right, so this is where my hair (OR SOMETHING) starts getting insane - you can see from this thread, I had some really great hair days - then after the smoothing lotion things went down hill - tried the Rehab as a LI and got bad - thought I was OC'd

This is THE FIRST TIME i've used ANY protein in months (Scary) and I tried Nature's Gate Jojoba conditioner that has hydrolized soy and hydrolized vegetable protein but not wheat directly - felt good on my hair - slip, etc. as a condish, and then left it in with AOMM (since I'm doing everything else the same just changing out my LI, and now I have that BRITTLE DRY TANGLE

So is it the TYPE of protein or ... I can't have any protein? this is where I start to get really confused.

Sorry for all the caps, but I'm FRUSTRATED! - too!
Originally Posted by LilaGirl
I am not a scientist and all I can do is tell you what worked for me, sadly - and I am hoping the *really* experienced curlies will come in here and help you But I remember reading here that those who had problems with protein seemed to react the worst to soy, wheat, oat, with the second round of offenders being aloe, silk protein, jojoba, avocado...and sometimes coconut ;p I am afraid you may have to just keep experimenting...or, follow up on your protein treatments *immediately* with a deep moisture conditioner. That seemed to work well for me after using the yogourt, and I have seen many here advise to ALWAYS follow the protein treatment, whichever one you use, with moisturizing products...maybe you can try reconditioning your hair with a moisture only product? Hth....
Originally Posted by Knotty_Maddy
I wanted to try your routine with the yogurt, etc, but I didn't have yogurt and didn't have time today.

So now should I do a curl rehab dt?

And start over? Just avoid protein and maybe do a PT with natural stuff - yogurt, egg, evoo?

Also, I think i am really PT sensitive - to most. Any ideas what protein I can use?

Do you think the homemade stuff won't make me react as bad?

Oh, and last question - what about PT in gels? I hear it doesn't penetrate so maybe it won't be bad? IDK!
Originally Posted by LilaGirl

Moisture would still be the way to correct protein overload- the balance between the two is a challenge for many of us, even after a year of CG I still struggle with getting the right balance.

Protein sensitivities tend to be very individual. Some people can tolerate certain proteins but not others. Some people tolerate protein only in certain circumstances- some can only do PTs and can't tolerate products, while others can use protein in products but can't tolerate a full DT.

As far as products, I can give some ideas, but you would have to verify the ingredients to see if there are additional proteins listed (I'm not really used to looking at proteins with that much detail because my hair has such a strong like of proteins). Keep in mind that regular conditioners can also be used as leave-ins. Mill Creek Botanicals and Renpure Organics both have Keratin conditioners- I'm not sure if there are additional proteins in them or not. Curly Hair Solutions has a conditioner called Pure Silk Protein, CHI makes LI sprays- there's a keratin spray and the one for curly hair uses silk amino acids. If I think of any others I'll add them.

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Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel