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paprikapapaya
July 31st, 2009, 09:36 AM
Some of my ends (about 1/2" to 1" inch) are yucky from years of treating it badly. I'd really like to give my ends a little protein boost, but I'm having a hard time finding ideas that are vegan. Does anyone have any insight on anything I can use?

Thanks!

systemaurora
July 31st, 2009, 09:49 AM
http://www.iherb.com/Giovanni-Nutrafix-Hair-Reconstructor-6-8-fl-oz-200-ml/6420?utm_source=gb&utm_medium=f3&at=0

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=095B

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=901

You can use any of those as a daily conditioner (ends only!) or a deep conditioning treatment. I've really, really benefitted from the Giovanni Nutrafix. Hope that helps.

heatherdazy
July 31st, 2009, 10:16 AM
Joico conditioners use human hair keratin... not sure if you would consider that okay or not.

paprikapapaya
July 31st, 2009, 11:14 AM
Thanks, systemaurora! I have used Aubrey Organics in the past and LOVED the stuff, I'll pick up another bottle.

HeatherDazy, thanks for the info! For the record, I'd use something that contain keratin from a consenting human, so that's good to hear about that condish! :)

nowxisxforever
July 31st, 2009, 12:49 PM
Coconut milk? :)

Cherry_Sprinkle
July 31st, 2009, 01:21 PM
I'll second the coconut milk :)

nowxisxforever
July 31st, 2009, 01:23 PM
I'll second the coconut milk :)

I've actually been thinking of trying it... I have a can at home waiting on it.

I just don't know if my hair will like the protein!! :(

paprikapapaya
July 31st, 2009, 08:44 PM
Coconut milk? Really? That's fantastic news because I have like 4 cans in my pantry! How do I go about using it in my hair?

Flynn
July 31st, 2009, 09:01 PM
From what everyone here seems to do, you just slop it on. XD

What I managed to find on this forum...
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=26714
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?p=681985#post681985

And google gives me:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2202921_give-hair-conditioning-treatment-home.html (Avocado and coconut milk! Sounds great, actually...)
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=65618 from Naturally Curly, another forum... they seem to like mixing it with conditioner...
http://afroncurls.blogspot.com/2009/02/coconut-milk-hair-soak.html just used it straight.

Cherry_Sprinkle
July 31st, 2009, 09:03 PM
put it on, and put it up in a shower cap or a plastic bag and just let it soak in :) I loved it when I did it.

nowxisxforever
July 31st, 2009, 09:07 PM
Coconut milk? Really? That's fantastic news because I have like 4 cans in my pantry! How do I go about using it in my hair?

Yep! Just glop it on really, like the others said. Put it on like you'd slather anything else, and pop it on under a showercap.

nowxisxforever
July 31st, 2009, 09:20 PM
put it on, and put it up in a shower cap or a plastic bag and just let it soak in :) I loved it when I did it.

How did your hair like it?

SpecialKitty
July 31st, 2009, 09:41 PM
I use the Aubrey Organics products linked earlier in this thread and they work wonderfully. The one I use is the Glycogen Protein Conditioner (GPC) and I'm pretty sure it's vegan (it's not one of the links above).

systemaurora
August 1st, 2009, 01:28 AM
I use the Aubrey Organics products linked earlier in this thread and they work wonderfully. The one I use is the Glycogen Protein Conditioner (GPC) and I'm pretty sure it's vegan (it's not one of the links above).

No, it's definitely not vegan (contains milk protein), hence why I didn't list it. ;) Unless they've changed their formula since last March or April, which was when I found out it had milk protein. I was vegan for a few months last spring when my illness was in a short remission. :cheese:

systemaurora
August 1st, 2009, 01:30 AM
Oops! Also, I thought I linked to this one but I guess not:

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=801

Cherry_Sprinkle
August 1st, 2009, 03:13 AM
How did your hair like it?

It left my hair really soft, not at all dry... but it pulled color from my hair and since I am a chemical redhead I can't do it until I am about to go in for touch ups :(

Arctic
August 1st, 2009, 04:19 AM
I once tried soy yogurt, and my hair liked it, also scalp didn't get irritated. I have read that only hydrolyzed proteins are useful for hair, they are ideal size to be able to penetrate the hairs, but I don't know... Most protein conditioners seem to contain (hydrolyzed) wheat proteins here where I live.

Aditi
August 1st, 2009, 07:59 AM
Is coconut milk thick enough like conditioner or hair pack? Or is it ver liquid type like general milk?

nowxisxforever
August 1st, 2009, 04:31 PM
Is coconut milk thick enough like conditioner or hair pack? Or is it ver liquid type like general milk?
Coconut milk fresh from the coconut is about the consistency of cow's milk, maybe a little thinner-- I imagine the canned stuff is about the same.

You can heat it up a little and mix it with arrowroot powder to thicken it, though, if you need to... but shouldn't be necessary!

Flynn
August 1st, 2009, 04:34 PM
Is coconut milk thick enough like conditioner or hair pack? Or is it ver liquid type like general milk?

Coconut milk is milk-like. Coconut cream however, is at least as thick as thickened cream and might serve you better.

nowxisxforever
August 1st, 2009, 04:35 PM
It left my hair really soft, not at all dry... but it pulled color from my hair and since I am a chemical redhead I can't do it until I am about to go in for touch ups :(

Ooooh, I think I'll do this tonight, then-- I'm about due for a wash and we have the Portland meet tomorrow! Thanks for the input on that ;)

nowxisxforever
August 2nd, 2009, 12:01 AM
I've got the coconut milk in my hair currently-- will report back with results, since the OP *is* looking for vegan protein!

I wonder if you could also use soymilk? I dislike the smell of coconut milk, and the gritty feeling my skin/hands get after using the oil or milk (from the protein?).. I wonder if that would be any better, since soy is more... smooth?

Zéphine
August 2nd, 2009, 12:32 AM
I've used soy sauce (with no added salt) a few times. My hair looked nice afterward, though it might have been a coincidence. Unfortunately, the smell is incredibly strong.

Aditi
August 2nd, 2009, 12:33 AM
Coconut milk fresh from the coconut is about the consistency of cow's milk, maybe a little thinner-- I imagine the canned stuff is about the same.

You can heat it up a little and mix it with arrowroot powder to thicken it, though, if you need to... but shouldn't be necessary!

So how to apply it in my hair if its very thin/liquid type it will completely drain out of my hair and i don't get arrowroot powder over here so can you suggest me something else to mix it with?


Coconut milk is milk-like. Coconut cream however, is at least as thick as thickened cream and might serve you better.

Thanks for the info Flynn :)

Flynn
August 2nd, 2009, 12:39 AM
Also regarding things to mix with, it appears that some people on one of the curly hair forums (elsewhere... I think I posted a link earlier) tend to mix it in with conditioner.

chickpea
August 2nd, 2009, 03:46 AM
AO Swimmer's conditioner is supposed to be the vegan equivalent of GPB. I like to use Lamas soy hydrating conditioner when my hair needs a boost of protein.

http://www.lamasbeauty.com/soyc.html

freckles
August 2nd, 2009, 10:09 AM
the coconut milk idea sounds good, I think I'll be trying this too, when I've gone shopping :)

paprikapapaya
August 3rd, 2009, 10:19 AM
I'm going to try a mix of coconut milk and conditioner tonight. I'll report back with the results on my crispy ends!

nowxisxforever
August 3rd, 2009, 01:33 PM
My hair really liked the coconut milk-- I used a whole can on dry hair and left it on my head for about 1.5 - 2 hours. Make sure to completely cover up your milky hair with something, because it got really crusty and weird when it dried after it had dripped out of my shower cap.

I had to shampoo twice, but my hair was much softer afterwards, a lot more moisturized feeling.

freckles
March 15th, 2010, 09:01 AM
the coconut milk idea sounds good, I think I'll be trying this too, when I've gone shopping :)
so I said in August that I would try this ... and now I'm finally sitting with coconut milk on my head, seven months later :p Oh well, better late than never.

It feels really pleasantly cool on my scalp and smells yummy, but nothing else to report yet. I'll report back in a few hours :)

saskia_madding
March 15th, 2010, 09:40 AM
I find that Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor (http://www.iherb.com/giovanni-nutrafix-hair-reconstructor-6-8-fl-oz-200-ml/6420?at=0) has just enough protein to be a protein treatment and it is thick and awesome to use as one too. I highly recommend it.

Hypnotica
March 15th, 2010, 03:27 PM
Ok, I'm intrigued. But how do you remove it from the hair? With poo?

sunshine-locks
March 15th, 2010, 09:42 PM
Ok, I'm intrigued. But how do you remove it from the hair? With poo?

with poo? :eek: i sure hope not!

ilovelonghair
March 16th, 2010, 02:53 AM
I have to try the coconut thing! Problem is the only stuff they sell here is really thick, more like cream, would that be ok?

saskia_madding
March 30th, 2010, 07:49 PM
Well, the Giovanni Nutrifixx is just a conditioner that has protein in it, so it just rinses out. :)