What am I doing wrong?!

I started the curlygirl method about a month ago, using no shampoo but a conditioner without -cones. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week (every other week or so I use diluted apple cider vinegar), only combing it in the shower, setting my hair up in a pineapple at night, spray it with water in the morning and after the gym to liven up the curls which have gone flat during the night. I use a little bit of gel every now and then, but I'm not sure I like it.
Basically, the problem I'm encountering is that my hair is still very dry and it tangles massively since I'm not combing it. I really like the way my curls are after I've washed my hair, but after having slept with it in a pineapple or in braids or whatever, it doesn't look 'fabulous' like other forum members say theirs so - mine is as flat as when it was before I started the curlygirl method.
Am I maybe not using the right products? Am I not using enough products (I see that people have rinse-out conditioners, styling gels, sprays etc.)?
My conditioner: Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Conditioner
My gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends, Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly


  • lcl0706lcl0706 Posts: 959Registered Users
    Check your gels & conditioners for 'cones. Can you list their ingredients here?

    Maybe your conditioner isnt moisturizing enough. What are your hair properties?

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    :wave: fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

    Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
    Poo: Giovanni 50:50
    RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
    LI: KCKT
    PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
    Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
    Gels: SCC spray gel

  • SheepcurlsSheepcurls Posts: 4Registered Users
    Aqua, Cocamide, MEA, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Choloride, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil, Benzophenone-3, Potassium Sorbate, Butylene Glycol, Mentha Piperita Extract, Glucose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene, CI 47005 and CI 42090.
    Aqua, Xanthan gum, Glycerin, Propylene glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/palmeth-25 acrylate copolymer, Polyquaternium-11, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Sodium benzoate, Dipropylene glycol, Aminomethyl propanol, Sodium methylparaben, Parfum, Benzophenone-4, Coumarin, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Linalool, CI 17200.
    Perhaps I've overlooked something?

    My hairproperties, I think, are:
    2C or 3A, low-medium density (although my hairdresser says otherwise), low porosity, medium width, shoulder length.
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    I see glycerin pretty high up on the ingredients list for both products. I wonder if your hair doesn't like that particular ingredient. I don't see any cones in either product.

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    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • SheepcurlsSheepcurls Posts: 4Registered Users
    If that's the case, any advice on where in the UK I can get glycerin free conditioner?