What does protein do for your hair?

Everybody wants to know before they try it - what will a PT do to my hair? Sure, you can try a little section of your hair with the PT and see how it goes first.
Raise your hand if you have the patience and impulse control for that.

So, share with us, what do protein treatments do for your hair? Were you surprised?
With long hair, I could get away with not doing PTs very often as long as most of my products contained protein. Now with my short hair, it's really noticeable when I need to do a PT, which should probably be once a week.
Wyoming, mod CG since 08/2010
2cFii (fia), normal/normal, bleached, loves protein.
Seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed 02/2016
When I first started cg, I did a pt and dt per recommendations. There was so much going on with transitioning, product choices, and technique experimentation that I don't think I realized how much it does for me.

I can now tell when I need to do one again. My hair gets all fluffy and flyaway with an almost straight canopy (which is my trouble spot). When this first happened I wasn't sure what was going on. It took me a couple of days before I thought, "hey, maybe I need a PT". The next time it happen, it only to the one day for me to identify the clues.

When I do a PT now I call it my "protein perm". I think once every week to 10 days is what I need.
2a (nc.com), 2a/2bFii (fia), normal porosity

Cowash:TN Radiant Volume
RO TN Moisturizing .
Styling products:AVG, Ecostyler Crystal
Styling Methods: Pixie-style diffusing - total fav
Low-poo: AO Nourishing Lavender


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I use a lot of protein in my hair.. I co-wash with Mane-n-Tail (which is protein heavy) probably 3-4 days a week. Even then, I still do a dc weekly with protein, and my hair loves it. I have highlights so maybe that's why my hair can tolerate so much protein at this point. Also I have nearly invisible individual strands, so they really need as much protein as they can get.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
My hair was low elasticity and I would hear "snap, snap, snap" when I combed it. Too much brushing and sunlight and washing in the past! After a few PTs, when I would get loose (wet) hairs in the shower and tug on them, they stretched like rubber bands and bounced right back. Wow.
PTs make my hair hold its curls better and in products, give my fine hair more volume and definition.
Protein gives me more volume and better moisture retention. Something else: This only happened last month to my reckoning so I'm not sure if it was the protein or something else but it GREATLY reduced my tangles. I was about to cut my hair off. After the PT is was never an issue again.
4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

When I have enough protein in my hair, it's curlier, needs less hold/product, and retains moisture better (thus reducing frizz). I think that the increased curl formation also helps provide volume, which is really key since my hair has gotten longer. I remember fighting the volume when I had a bob, and now I love it, because I don't get triangle head anymore.
Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
Summer Routine
Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Cowash CJ Daily Fix
Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
Seems to make my hair softer, shinier, and it feels and acts stronger. My hair doesn't break as easily, acts a bit more flexible/resilient. My curls form/clump better. And I get less frizz.

I only do a protein DT about 1x per month. I am thinking of changing to every other week.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!

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PTs seem to help my waves tighten a bit. I also get a bit a root volume which is always nice!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

Protein treatments make my hair softer, stronger, less tangled, shinier, and I see a stronger curl definition.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
CoWash: various
DT: various

CR L/I Collection, various

Stylers:MC Leave-in, Gorilla Snot

Spritz/Sealant:Nu-Gro spray w/moisturizer
*experimenting and loving it!
Everything listed above!
Mod CG since 4/10
Products being used ATM
Rinseout:: Tresemme Naturals
Moisturizing and Volume, Yes to Cucumbers
LI: Giovanni DLI, KCKT
Every Day Stylers: KCCC, AOMM, Biotera Curl Cream, CJCCCC-Lite, CJCIAB, CJCQ, LALGs
My haircolor takes better, especially on the stubborn grays, if I do a PT a couple days before I color, followed by a DT.

I also find that I need more protein in the winter, since I live in a really dry climate with low dewpoints and a lot of wind. I have to cut out humectants and add more protein to my routine to keep my hair from feeling like straw and getting all tangled.

Summer isn't so bad; I PT once a month, and use Giovanni Smooth As Silk Xtreme Protein Hair Infusion, which I started using recently, and I LOVE.
2b/F/ii canopy/front, with a bit of 2c/M-C/ii behind the ears and at the nape. Low elasticity, mixed porosity.

Lo-poo: GTTT
Co-wash/condition: GTTT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut, GF Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream
LI: KCKT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
Style: KCCC, FSG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel
PTs give my hair "substance". Having fine hair strands, it has the potential to feel flyaway and non-existent. Whenever I rinse out the PT in the shower, I smile because the strands feel thicker and stronger. Then when I add a moisture leave-in I get perfect curls/coils. Boing-y and shiny.

Also, since I have been using PTs weekly, my hair is virtually tangle free and the amount of shed hair I lose from detangling is minimal (and it takes no time to do). Oh and I get better second day hair.

Ok, that's it
4a/3c, fine strands, low porosity, medium density
Last relaxer: Jan 2010 - BC'd: 2/27/11
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Too much causes my hair to come out. That's why I gave up on Shea Moisture. A little when I have been overconditioning or before heat styling is perfect.
3c/4a, low porosity
Detangler: Whole leaf AVJ
Shampoo: Kinky Curly Come Clean
Rinse Out Conditioners: Trader Joe Nourish Spa or V05 MM
Leave In Conditioner: KCKT, Elucence MB
Deep Conditioner: Add honey and olive oil to any conditioner
Moisturizers: QB Burdock Root or Amla Heavy Oil
Stylers: Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Eco Custard (eco styler gel + olive oil), Jane Carter Curl Cream
Oils: Olive, jojoba, coconut
Butters: NONE!
I remember reading somewhere that elasticity was directly related to how you balance moisture and protein treatments. I don't know how accurate that was, but my hair does seem to become excessively elastic to the point where it strechtes and snaps when I brush it... if I moisturize it. If I use protein, the strands become stronger, but not so rigid that they break. Also, my hair feels softer, somewhat shinier and better defined with proteins.

Alas, even after this realization I felt tempted to try one of those pantene 3 minute moisturizing treatments (everyone was raving about them) and voilą, I have fuzzy hair all over again.
Protein gives my hair more volume and curl, makes it shinier, less fizzy, and stronger, and makes wash n' go's possible.
2b waves
Medium texture, high porosity
Bronde & shoulder length, trying to grow it past my shoulder blades.
Went natural on June 4th, 2010

My hair is hungry for PROTEIN!!
+10 to all the positive remarks above. I have nothing negative to say about PT's. I use them at least twice a week, really strong ones too.

I'm dying to mix up IAgirls gelatin PT....
shoulder length inverted bob; fine; 3A-3B; med-thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity- my hair loves keratin, ACV, silk protein ,Curlkeeper and AG:Recoil ; seems to hate moisturizing products and oils except mineral oil; CG- Jan/'09-mod CG Sept/'09;CG again Jan/'10/mod CG from Mar'10

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