If I'm reading your post correctly, it doesn't sound like you need a stronger cleanser since your hair is doing better on the days you only water wash. It sounds like your hair likes having NO cleanser in it.
Maybe try water washing on most days, and only use HCC once a week, or even once every two weeks - whatever works for you - that way you only have to put up w/ a frizzy day on occasion when you shampoo.
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