I've had success in the past using a body butter from Naked (cone/paraben/etc. free range from the UK). It's fine if I'm just doing protective styling or going straight, but doesn't seem to work if I go curly. SOTC-type products just leave me greasy, even if I apply them when wet.
I think I need to find a way to seal the moisture in, but as you pointed out, that can be tricky, especially with fine hair. There may never be enough moisture or protein, but there can very easily be too much oil.
3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.
CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS
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