I think I need a WHOLE new routine :/

MaggieTMaggieT Posts: 178Registered Users Curl Novice
Hi, everyone! I think I need some advice about handling my hair.

I had a second child (over 40!) a few years ago, and for a while my hair just seemed "slightly straighter" (more like 3A or sometimes even 2C than 3B), but now I have to say it just seems . . . bad. You can see from my current avatar pic that although I'm still less than 10% gray, something about my texture has changed in recent years so that my hair is fluffier, frizzier, and just all around has less well-defined curls. I did recently get a few highlights, but they are not the problem -- the problem predates the highlights.

My current up-to-date routine is in my signature, and man is it not working for me. Normally I cowash/use associated condish once a week, and then maybe wash with gentle shampoo (just scalp) once a week, followed by whatever condish I grab. I don't have clarifying on a regular schedule, but am wondering if the Avalon is a good clarifying shampoo for me. I saw another person on this board just using Pantene -- would that be a better choice???

A curly friend (who is more of a high-density 3A, for reference) suggested trying an apple cider rinse between washing/cowashing and condish, but . . . I don't know if that's going to fix it.

I switched to Deva No Poo/One Condish from their Decadence line because the Decadence was now WAY too rich for me. I've had good luck with Curl Junkie in the past, but have never truly found a great wash or daily condish there (I like Repair Me and Deep Fix, though I've run out of both at the moment). I think my leave-in and stylers are working fine for me -- the problem, I think, is the cowash/shampoo and the daily conditioner, and also knowing how often to clarify and what/how often to deep condish.

Open to suggestions from you lovelies! Thanks for your help!
3b, fine, medium density, normal porosity
Wash: Deva No Poo, sometime Phytojoba, Avalon lemon when needs clarifying
Rinse-out: Deva One Condition, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening, Phytojoba (kinda heavy for my hair but good noisture)
Leave-in: Phytokeratine, CCCCL
Styling: Deva Coconut Supercream or their Wave Maker with a little CS over the top

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