Over-conditioning, plopping, lack of protein?
I haven't posted in over a year I think but I've come across a dilemma I hope some of you could help me with. I've got a mixture of 3c/4a hair that is all natural now. The front of my hair is acting outrageous, not necessarily the canopy but just the front inch or so near my forehead (between the outer edges of my eyebrows and 1.5 inches back). It has some definition issues that I don't entirely understand. When I brush any other section of my hair it clumps just beautifully, shrinks up, and stays happy...
when I try to do it to the front section it just goes limp and falls apart, no definition whatsoever (This is with TONS of conditioner in it).
I've thought of several possibilities such as over-conditioning because I do tend to load it up in that area (and the hair is spaced far apart, the strands don't join together)
Lack of definition due to that being the area where my plopping t-shirt is pressed against and the top few inches of this section has nice curl definition while the bottom doesn't (I work in a laboratory though so I can't have my hair wet at work)
Or lack of protein since these curls tend to look nicer when I use a protein conditioner such as Vo5 moisture milks (I never brush my hair when using this conditioner though because it is so thin.)
Because this section reacts so strangely to brushing I don't brush my hair as a general rule, just finger comb it but I'd like to give the conditioner only method a try since the REST of my hair likes to be brushed.
I am unsure what the issue is. I'd appreciate any advice and/or solutions given! TIA
The first picture shows my windswept hair that DOES like brushing and the second shows this non-conformist mass that stays undefined
CG with the occasional organic sulfate-free shampoo
coarse, dense, semi-porous curls ranging from 3b-4a
Shampoo: Renpure Organics Moisturizing Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave Naturals
Rinse-out: Suave Professionals Humectant, GFTT, Tressemme Naturals Moisture
Leave-in: Suave Naturals, V05, GFTT
Styler:LALSG, HE Set Me Up Gel and Tousle Me Softly Mousse
Sealer: Cantu Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, EVOO
Moisture Deep-treatment: Condish+EVOO+Honey+Coconut oil