The Struggles of being a Protein Sensitive

1511971398720We all know the importance of protein in our daily life and hair care. And especially if you are a curly girl who loves protein in the hair, it can give you amazing results such as hair growth, definition, clump and so on just when your curls lack them by doing a simple protein treatment. But what if you are on the other side of the ore and your hair hates protein?Well, here comes the real struggle of being a curly girl!!

I learned the fact that i was really sensitive to protein gradually through my hair care routine. When i begun my journey I did not have the faintest idea that my hair could hate protein. But I am glad that i could demystify myself from the fact as to why my hair was behaving so strange after all, through various protein tests and product usage. Please check out my older post on protein and its sensitivity to know how you can identify if your hair needs protein or not. Protein and its sensitivity on hair 

So, here comes the ultimate challenge. Now that you know protein is your biggest enemy, you need hair products without any kind of protein related ingredient along with any sulfates or silicones especially if you are dying to go all natural. I have literally struggled to find products without SSP as i say (Sulfates, Silicones, Proteins). I researched, googled online, connected with curly hair experts but all i could find were very few products which were either impossible to grab due to non shipped region or too expensive and not under my budgeted line. Whenever I found any CG friendly product in store or online I would straight away dive into the ingredients section to find out if they were protein free, unfortunately I was disappointed every time.

So, I decided to let go off the SS from my SSP and searched for products without protein alone and did not mind the sulfates and silicones 😦 And then I came across the Organix quenching coconut line products from Ogx. I was pretty happy the way they suited my curls but somewhere down the line was guilty enough to be using them after all they were not CG friendly products.

I kept my research on in the search of those magical products and was fortunate enough to find a silicone and protein free conditioner from Tresemme botanix which was under my budget so i grabbed them but still continued to use a sulfate shampoo. And very recently around 5 months ago i learned about few more products and one among them was the body shop rainforest line through one of my social media friend which was SSP free and could be netted as a budgeted product when compared to the other high branded ones. So, finally I started using a perfect blend of products with the right ingredients.

I am still in the hunt for SSP free curly hair products which could be easily available and not very expensive at the same time. And i am dying to create a list of these products for my co-protein sensitive curlies, “BECAUSE I KNOW THE STRUGGLE” 🙂 So stay tuned!!

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Ways to detangle your curls

Detangling your curls is a very important aspect of a proper hair care routine. It would eliminate frizz and knots during non wash days. However, it is recommended not to detangle your hair when its dry to prevent breakage. It is also best to use your fingers to remove the tangles rather than a brush or comb.

You would always need a slippery agent in your hair to detangle easily. So here are the different ways in which you can easily detangle your hair:

  • Pre-Poo ~ Use oils like coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil and apply it on to your hair in a smoothing motion before you shampoo. Gently detangle your hair using fingers.
  • During condition ~ You could also detangle your hair while you have your conditioner on hair. Since the conditioner has good slip, it would allow you to remove the tangles easily without much breakage.
  • Under running water ~ This is one of my favorite way to detangle my hair. Before you shampoo your hair, get your hair under running water in upside down position. Let the water run through your hair. Using fingers gently separate the tangles. Since the hair already has conditioner and leave in conditioner from the refresh days, it would provide quite a good amount of slip to hair.

Refreshing your hair on non wash days will reduce frizz and tangles on hair. (See my post on how to refresh your curls)

The Shingling method

The Shingling method is a curly hair wash routine / technique where in we define or moisturise the hair strand by strand using a leave in conditioner/curl cream or hair gel. The best way to go about this method is to section off hair into four small sections, and then again make smaller sections inside each of those sections to focus on the strands. The process is time consuming and requires your ultimate patience 🙂 It is best to practice this style on soaking wet hair. This styling method is most commonly used by curlies who have kinky or coily curls.

It is also possible to shingle in very tiny sections if you do not have much time or if your hair type is wavy or 3a/3b curls.

Once you finish shingling a strand or section do not touch it and continue to complete the whole hair without messing the hair strands. Once you are done with the whole hair you could either air dry or use a diffuser to dry out your hair.

This method gives you ultimate curl definition and reduce frizz to a large extent.

I recently styled my hair using this method which was indeed time consuming and patience testing, although I was very happy with the result. I used the following products:

  • Washed my hair with SebaMed baby shampoo.
  • Deep conditioned using my favourite mask (Tresemme botanix conditioner + olive oil + honey)
  • Rinsed and used the same conditioner as leave in.
  • Shingled using Ogx moroccan curling perfection cream.

 

 

 

Deep condition – My holy mask!

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Deep conditioning is such an important aspect of a healthy hair care especially when it comes to curly/wavy hair. Since curly hair is naturally dry it needs a lot of moisture in order to have soft and bouncy curls. And thus we must ensure to deep condition our hair at least once a week.

There are lot of ways to deep condition your hair. You can purchase any deep treatment mask from the market suitable for your hair type or you could make a DIY (do it yourself) mask at home such as avocado and banana mask, mayonnaise and oil mask, egg mask etc. Or you could even use your regular conditioner to do a deep treatment.

As I have already mentioned in my previous posts, my hair is sensitive to protein. And at the beginning of my hair journey to deep condition I had purchased the ogx hydrating macadamia oil mask but my curls did not respond well to it as compared to other ogx products which I got along. I even tried the avocado, banana and coconut oil mask but the results were not very impressive either. Eggs and mayonnaise were all delivering similar results. Once again Ingredient was the key and king here and panthenol was the villain.

Gradually through time and research I decided to deep condition using my regular conditioner. May be by adding a few ingredient into it to make it more effective. So I used my ogx quenching coconut conditioner, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil. And there you go!!! It was a miracle mixture indeed. My hair felt so soft and moisturised after wash. It was like never before and a result beyond my imagination.

My deep treatment routine:

  • Wash and cleanse my hair with ogx quenching coconut shampoo.
  • Divide my hair into equal sections and apply the deep treatment mask.
  • Secure hair in a hair clip and run my hair dryer in medium heat over the head from all direction for one minute and then immediately cover the head with a shower cap/grocery bag.
  • Leave the mask on hair for about 45 minutes to 1 hour and rinse it off.
  • I skip my for regular conditioning after this and proceed on to apply leave in / hair gel.
  • Scrunch hair well with hands.
  • Plop in a cotton t-shirt for half an hour and diffuse or air dry.

Flaxseed gel – My ultimate favorite!

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Hey friends! As all of you know hair gels are heaven for curly girls. And I myself have used a number of them but nothing was as good as homemade flaxseed gel. Here are some pros of this gel.

  • It has a very good hold which gives a great definition to your hair.
  • It is a natural shine enhancer.
  • It is budget friendly.
  • Quite easy to make and would hardly take around 15 minutes.
  • Do not dry out the hair.

So here is the recipe to my ultimate favorite hair gel.

Ingredients required:

  • Flaxseed – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 2 cups

Method of preparation:

  • Put the flaxseed and water in a pot and put it in high flame on stove.
  • Once the water starts boiling bring the heat to medium.
  • Keep Stirling the mix for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • You will find the water thickening a bit. A texture like egg white.
  • Remove the mix from stove and strain it.
  • Extract the gel stuck on the seeds by squeezing them little by little using an old stocking/sock. PS. This part of the gel is most useful.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Refrigerate it in a glass jar and use it per requirement.

*Make sure not to over boil the flaxseed as it will thicken the gel too much and make it difficult for application.

*Use a considerable amount of this gel for very good hold.

*Add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice (optional)

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My Curly hair routine!

In order to have a defined, moisturized and frizz free curl one must follow a regular hair routine which should include a hot oil treatment, deep conditioning and a protein treatment (if required for your hair) once a week or at least once a month. I was able to get a transformation by following such a healthy and strict regime. Therefore today i would like to share my haircare routine and techniques with all of you. The products I use on my hair are shampoo, conditioner (also use as a leave in), hair cream and homemade hair gel. The steps which i follow are:

  • I use the Ogx quenching coconut shampoo to wash my hair. I prefer diluting the shampoo with water. So i start by gently massage them onto my scalp using my fingers and use the lather to wash the remaining hair as well in lukewarm water.
  • Next i divide my hair in five section and gently rake in my Ogx quenching coconut conditioner starting from the tip to all the way up and finger comb through each section to untangle any knots.
  • I leave the conditioner on hair for about 15 min and then wash it off. However i make sure not to wash it off entirely and leave some on hair.
  • After this i again divide my hair in sections including the crown hair and apply a good amount of my same conditioner as leave in and followed by Ogx moroccan curling perfection cream.
  • Now to seal in the moisture i sometimes rake in a little bit of essential oil into each section of hair (optional).
  • Finally rake in my homemade flaxseed gel and scrunch well with hands. And this time I make sure to be very gentle and do not go hard at scrunching. Keep scrunching till I see the clumps forming. Later plop my hair in a cotton t shirt for about an hour and diffuse or air dry.

Once my hair is 100% dry i scrunch out the crunch to break the gel cast and i am all set 🙂

 

“My current favorite hair products”

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Wet hair Vs 100% dry hair

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The beginning!

Hey all my dear Curl friends! I am here to express my thoughts on managing curly, thick, frizzy hair as I myself have such a type which as far as I know is difficult to maintain and style like many others who have straight hair type.

I have inherited my natural curl from my mother. However, like many of my curly girls all over world I have also hated them like hell. Not knowing how to style them or take care of them combing my hair over and over again trying to straighten them. Unfortunately the results were a head full of phoof and texture like hay 😦 Trying different hair products expecting miracle to happen. Every other day both during my school and college days there were tantrums from my fellow students teasing me about my phoofy hair.

Finally after my graduation when I started earning I decided to get rid of all this mess and made up my mind to permanently straighten my hair. My hair was chemically treated for three continuous years. Those were magical days of my life. There was no difficulty in styling them. I thought it was finally an end to my struggle.

However NO. I had ruined my hair so bad with all the chemicals and heat styling. I did not know if I could ever get back my natural curls (well not really curls but a stack of hay) 😉

One day while surfing the Internet I randomly came across few blogs which were about curly hair care. It was like heaven for me. I learned about the actual way a curly hair should be treated. However, each one was quite different from one another. Each one had different products to showcase. It was a dilemma all over again. I was confused on where to begin. I had to start with something to save my natural hair. Hence I decided to start off by chopping my hair off and getting rid of the damaged ends. That was finally a way to go before I begin my curly hair journey..

Myself before I started my hair journey

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