Saturday, March 16, 2013

Recognizing and Exploring Proteins

Here are some ingredients to look for if you want to know if a product has protein/s:
    1. Anything that starts with the word Hydrolyzed 
    2. Silk Amino Acids
    3. Soybean or Soja (Oil or Seed Extract)
    4. Milk Protein (Coconut Milk, etc.)  
    5. Blue Green Algae
    6. Keratin
    7. Collagen
    8. Rice Protein
    9. Wheat Protein
    10. Oat Protein
    11. Corn Protein
    12. Vegetable Protein
    13. Elastin
                    To get more information on what each protein does, click HEREHERE and HERE (Skip to 4:45 on video).

                    My Experience w/ Proteins

                    BG "S" hair has a love/hate relationship with proteins while BG "M" hair loves proteins.  I have learned which proteins BG "S" hair absolutely hates and which ones her hair can tolerate.

                    Tolerable Proteins to Date
                    Vegetable Protein (Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque)
                    Hydrolyzed Keratin (Nothing But Intense Healing Masque)
                    Hydrolyzed Corn Starch (Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner)

                    Not So Tolerable Proteins to Date

                    Hydrolyzed / Soy Protein
                    Silk Protein
                    Silk Amino Acids
                    Soybean (Soja) Protein/ Oil

                    There was a time when I attempted to avoid anything with protein in it for BG "S" hair but I have learned that protein isn't a bad thing and is just as important as moisture.  This is where the Protein/Moisture Balance comes into play.  So, I am going to take a step out and try one of my old favorites on BG "S" again (SM Curl & Style Milk)...stay tuned. Update: The SM Curl & Curl Milk is a "NO-GO" for BG "S"!  I won't be re-visiting this product for BG "S" anytime soon.  It made her hair so crunchy and dry!

                    What is your relationship with protein?

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