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The argument I often hear (even here on our posts) is that some things are considered as proteins, while others are not. Protein sensitivity in natural hair can be a serious burden and incredibly annoying. For this post I’ve done my absolute best to recommend products that aren’t considered proteins. Why? Because when you have a protein sensitivity and you use natural hair products that have proteins in them (amino acids, soy, and yes… even coconut) you are actually doing more damage.
You will feel as though your hair is very dry and stringy no matter how many times you wash, condition, and moisturize. Why? Because the protein you are inadvertently adding to your hair is offsetting the moisture/protein balance. Naturals with protein sensitivity usually have low porosity hair and struggle to keep moisture in their hair in the first place. Then you add in protein and you’ve got a whole big mess.
When protein sensitive naturals use proteins they are heading down a dangerous path of unmanageable breakage. Take it from me. I never had a protein sensitivity until I started adding unnecessary strong proteins to my hair regimen. Two years later I’m still paying the price and always desperately on the hunt to find products with out proteins that will work for my hair. This can be a bit of a burden, because as mentioned earlier 90% of natural hair products involve coconut in some way shape or form. So not only will this product list try to avoid hidden proteins in your ingredient list, I’ll also actively be trying to avoid products with coconut in them as well. (Try is the optimum word)
Alright without further adieu I bring to you the 5 best deep conditioners I could find/ and try that are protein free.
Protein Free Deep Conditioners For Natural Hair
(*Note: This product does contain coconut oil towards the very bottom of the ingredient list. If you have a specific coconut oil sensitivity/ allergy do not use/purchase )
Ingredients: WATER (AQUA, EAU), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PPG-3 BENZYL ETHER MYRISTATE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, C10-40, ISOALKYLAMIDOPROPYL-ETHYLDIMONIUM ETHOSULFATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, * ORGANIC PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, *ORGANIC PLUKENETIA VOLUBILIS, (SACHA INCHI) SEED OIL, *ORGANIC ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) NUT OIL, * ORGANIC SCHINZIOPHYTON RAUTANENII (MONGONGO) KERNEL OIL, *ORGANIC VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), PHENOXYETHANOL, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PANTHENOL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA (AMLA) FRUIT POWDER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, BENZOIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERETH-2 COCOATE, DISODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID
(*Note: Protein & Coconut Oil Free)
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Menthol, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Mentha Aquatica, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Undecylenate.
3. Alikay Naturals Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask *(Use code TNT for 15% off all purchases)
(*Note: Coconut oil free, but does contain minimal traces of wheat germ oil which may be considered to be a protein)
Key Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol(Coconut derived), Stearalkonium Chloride(Coconut derived), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(Aloe Vera Juice), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Butter), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oil), Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Citric Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Natural Detangling Agent), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Sorbic Acid(Food Grade Preservative),Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root, Fragrance (Parfum), Color additives, Botanical Blend Ingredients.
(*Note: Coconut oil free)
Ingredients: Deionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Argan Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Sea Kelp Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5),Essential Oil Blend, Avacado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Soybean Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil
(*Note: Contains coconut oil towards the very beginning of ingredient list. If you have a coconut oil allergy or sensitivity do not purchase)
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Coco-Caprylate², Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin¹, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phytosterols¹, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract¹ (Green Tea), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract¹, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract¹, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract¹, Fragrance/Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Extract¹, Limonene Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut
(*Note: protein and &coconut oil free)
Ingredients:Purified Water (Aqua), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Centrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)