I cowash daily and clarify when necessary, otherwise I stay away from sulfates. I use a satin cap at night. I am pretty good about keeping a protein/moisture balance, it's just that it's been so long since I've gotten a touch up that my extremely curly roots have tangled in some areas. My ends are soft and smooth, it's just my roots that are out of control because I am months post relaxer (I lost count). It's not so much that they are dry, it's more that they are so curly. And you can't comb curly hair when it is dry but if I comb it when wet I get nervous it will come out (since hair is weaker when wet).