Thanks for the response. The suave coconut does have a little protein, but I have been using it for a month with no problem and I never use it as a leave-in.
The Gel doesn't appear to have any silicones (I'm no expert) and I know a lot of curlies use it, but it does have some protein. I have also used Dep Gel, and don't seem to have a problem with that. I would like to try KCKT and KCCC, but I checked both of the local Targets and couldn't find it. I guess I have to order it online. Any other hard hold gel suggestions are welcomed.
At this point, I'm thinking that is was the coconut oil, although I have no idea why. So now I don't know if it's protein related or if my hair just doesn't like coconut oil for some reason. I did a ACV rinse today for the first time and my hair is really soft and shiny and feels 5lbs. lighter. I wonder if I did have some sort of build up.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a DT that is Protein-free, preferably something I don't have to order online? I want to try JCWDT, but I think I will have to order that. Not sure if I'm protein sensitive, but at this point I don't want to risk making hair more brittle.