I'm at a complete loss, please help!

Okay, so I've been CG or at least modified CG for years now. And I've seen great results. For the past year or so I have followed the same routine without wavering. But suddenly about 2 months ago my hair started to change. It became very dry. It no longer curled in ringlets but instead in these weird C shaped curls, if that makes any sense. It felt like straw and the canopy had terrible flyaways. The only products I was using was Deva No-Poo, Dove Moisturizing cond., and HE totally twisted mousse. I also DT every couple weeks with cond. and almond oil.
I read some of the threads on here and I decided to completely change my routine. I now use Giovanni 50:50 cond., CK, [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]AG Re:Coil[/buylink], and Biotera gel. My hair is curling in ringlets again and it no longer feels like straw. The only problem is at the top of my head. There it still feels like straw and it still has terrible flyaways. Some of the hairs actually look like they have been damaged and they feel thicker than the rest of my hair. I am at a complete loss. I have no idea what to do. I tried an ACV rinse and a lemon juice and cond. rinse, but neither helped.
I am afraid that this is some sort of 'cone buildup and I will need to do a clarifing wash. But I am very hesitant to do that considering the fact that no 'poo has touched my hair since 2004. You guys always give such great hair tips so please please help me. I would love any advice at all!
I have med/coarse 3a/b curls with low porosity and normal elasticity. Thank you Live Curly Live Free!!

Basically CG since '06

Protein is my enemy :evil5:

Mag. Sulfate gives me serious frizz :eek:

Loving: JCWDT, KCKT & KCCC :laughing6:

http://public.fotki.com/curlyrae/

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  • QuirkyYoginiQuirkyYogini Posts: 569Registered Users
    I am no expert at this, but maybe it was overconditioning? It sounds like you're doing the right thing if it's getting better though. I'm sure others will have good advice for you!
    I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

    Products:
    9/02/08 Went CG
    05/12/09 Still CG. Cowashing with VO5 Lavender Luster. I then condition with Giovanni Smooth as Silk. Styling with VO5 Lavender Luster conditioner with my wide-toothed comb.

    http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini/



  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Recoil has magnesium sulfate. It causes problems for some. I, on the other hand, am allergic to both CK and Bioterra gel. You may need to change your products again, or at least rotate them.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Posts: 2,034Registered Users
    Hmm... I just searched for the ingredients of the Dove, and it has two 'cones. So it's entirely possible you have buildup from that. I'd clarify to be safe. It's just once, so it shouldn't be too bad. You also may have a sensitivity to magnesium sulfate. It's something to experiment with.
    CG since 6/15/08!
    Medium-Fine/Normal Porosity

    http://collegecurly.blogspot.com/
  • CurlyRaeCurlyRae Posts: 129Registered Users
    Well, I tried leaving out the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]Re:Coil[/buylink] yesterday and my hair had more frizz than normal, not sure what that means. Anyway thanks for the advice. I'm going to start trying out new products and see what happens.
    I think I'm turning into a PJ!!!
    I have med/coarse 3a/b curls with low porosity and normal elasticity. Thank you Live Curly Live Free!!

    Basically CG since '06

    Protein is my enemy :evil5:

    Mag. Sulfate gives me serious frizz :eek:

    Loving: JCWDT, KCKT & KCCC :laughing6:

    http://public.fotki.com/curlyrae/

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