I am wondering the same thing! I have been trying all sorts of search terms/phrases to find answers and most of it seems to mention straw-like as being dry but I guess I just don't know how to determine properly.

If it makes sense I feel like my hair seems fluffy and frizzy which makes it LOOK dry, but it feels somewhat soft/moisturized to me. Although the frizz factor does make the top layers harder to get a real feel on.

I have fine, low porosity hair and have been experimenting with protein in the form of gelatin treatments (I've tried two) and as an ingredient in my low poo or RO. The first actual PT I did I followed with a DT and it straightened my hair and didn't seem like good results, so I thought maybe over conditioned with the DT. The second time I just used a good RO after and it was better, but I still don't know if I am getting "good" results from protein.

I have been using a low poo with a protein most days and a RO and sometimes using that as a LI as well. I haven't gotten to stylers yet. I am starting to wonder if I am showing signs of over-conditioning, but I can't get over how it LOOKS dry due to the fluffy, frizzyness and undefined curls without any stylers.

I don't know if just adding a styler would be best (which I am looking into) or if I am truly over conditioned. I have noticed my curl pattern seems to be looser lately. I am going to maybe try no leave in for a bit, but I guess I am just venting a bit on how hard it is for me to determine the protein/moisture balance. It would be so helpful to feel different types of hair that were dry, over moisturized, and just right!
Originally Posted by awelcome
I know exactly what you mean awelcome, I tend to call it poofy, but my hair does the same thing. I live in FL so its always been like that every summer. The last few years I've had my hair long so I would put it in a bun until about mid-morning to smooth it down, usually my hair looked and felt good for awhile after I took it down. Since going CG I was still getting that issue since the dews started climbing. I recently was convinced to try a hard-hold gel and that has made a major difference in the way my hair looks. I am using Volumax Mega Gel from Sally's but la looks & BRHG etc are spoken well of here. I also use a lot of protein, its in pretty much everything I put on my hair and has definitely helped with breakage and waviness. It's definitely worth it to pickup an inexpensive medium to hard hold gel and give it a go. I definitely see a difference in frizz on the days I don't use the VM gel and I'm getting used to sleeping with crunchy hair. . I think the poofy hair looks dry mostly because it doesn't clump or even lay as a unit, each strand tries to do its own thing so there's no solid mass or clump for light to reflect off of.

I've read several posts stating that the best way to judge protein-moisture balance is on wet hair. If wet hair feels mushy and loses curls quickly after being scrunched then it needs protein. If it holds wave/curl after being scrunched you're good. If it feels rough and straw-like even wet then its over proteined. I have been scrunching the length of my wet hair after my leave-in every shower since I read this. At first my hair always felt mushy even though I was doing PT's and starting to use RO's with protein, but I think I had gotten really over-moisturized. For awhile there I wondered if my hair was completely indifferent to protein. After about a month the wave started to hold after I scrunched it and I had better wave out of the shower too and it has continued to improve. Personally I think the best way to start with protein is to use it in a RO or cowash, etc you use everyday rather then doing big blasts of it occasionally. That way you can stop, slowdown, adjust when/if your hair starts to show signs of too much protein and not end up with a protein fried disaster.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!

Last edited by Lynaea; 05-18-2013 at 08:14 PM.