It is a very...strange
product, isn't it? I'm not surprised it didn't work well in CO. The dew points must be super low. I discovered a new tube of the Pure Clean gel in my linen closet last night - apparently, I did buy a new tube when the last one ran out - so I'm going to give it a shot today and see how it does in this fall weather. When I liked it in the spring, I used it by itself over a little leave-in. I loved how curly it left me, but I did feel sort of producty once it was all dry and I SOTC.
Seg, you and I have different properties, so it looks like we're not going to like a lot of the same stuff. I stay away from proteins in conditioners, so I love CJAO - I use it every day as my go-to LI - but I'm guessing you don't like it because it's oil-heavy. I was having fantastic luck over the summer with CEJ/FHG topped with BRHG as my styler combo, but CEJ/FHG isn't working for me as well in this weather, so I've been using a combo of Re:coil and KCCC instead, also topped with BRHG. It's not *fabulous*, but it's working okay. The one time I tried a sample of CQ, it left me stringy and dry, and it took several shampoos to get it out. I had great success with CIAB last fall, but it didn't work in the winter and I didn't re-buy it. Maybe I should try it again this fall. I tried a sample of AFL a couple of months ago and it did nothing for me, either. I love the CJ condishes so much - wish I could get the stylers to work for me!
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010