I had other issues with my hair(color treated, dryness,porosity, excessive handling, wet styling that could have caused the breakage I thought Giovanni Direct Leave in was responsible for) At the time this post was written, I had no complete understanding of protein sensitivity. It is not equal to breakage but it can cuase breakage. My hair is not protein sensitive. I have discovered a lot about other issues that were making my hair break but protein sensitivity was definitely not one of them, because I am not protein sensitive!!! However, I do know that Aphogee Treatment is too strong for my hair. I have used protein treatment that have hydrolysed keratin and collagen in them and my hair loves those proteins, because it is porous.
Well, I decided to use my Giovanni direct Leave in as a base for my homemade leave -In.. I used this custom made leave in every other day to moisturize my hair (this is what I usually do with leave ins made with kinky curly Knot today as well).
My hair was dry and brittle when I took my braids out. Prior to putting these set of braids in, I had put in another set and moisturized with my custom made leave in made with Knot today and my hair was soft and supple and moisturized when I took those braids out.
So I went back to check on the ingredients in Giovanni Leave in again. It has soybean protein, which is really light!!. In my review of this product, I adverted how moisturizing and curl enhancing it is. All that is true about it, but additional frequent application, due to its protein content, is adversely affecting my hair. I have another conditioner, Curls Ecstasy, which also has soy protein. It is a deep conditioner that I use every two weeks to once a month. I have not noticed any dryness in my hair from using this conditioner. In fact, it has improved the elasticity of my hair. I also do not use it often like I did Giovanni Leave in.
I made another discovery about my hair, which is the fact that my hair could be protein sensitive. It does tolerate protein to some extent but it cannot be overdone. Soybean is one of the light ones, and my hair still reacts to it, when it is used too often.