your hair sounds like mine in lower dews - either stringy from too much product, or very dry hair around my face.
in mid to high dews i love my hair -- i use cj aloe fix gel as a leave in, no other leave in or styler, love my hair with it!! i use a rinse out conditioner, mostly cj deep fix as a rinse out, but it could be a lighter one, too, then rinse it completely, then smooth/scrunch in the aloe fix gel in dripping wet hair while still in the shower. give it a try when the dew points are higher.
+1 on a protein treatment -- my hair is usually better when i do do one, altho my texture is medium.
i love short hair cuts, the only problem for me is when i get sick of it and want to grow it out, hate that phase. honestly, i have not had my hair really short since i've gone cg so i have no idea what it would be like.
3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, leave in, protein tx
: curl junkie products. styling:curl junkie conditioners only at times, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. trying ufdcm. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!! sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine