Here's my update: turns out that I had gotten the wrong bottle of Suave. What I had was the SHAMPOO, not the conditioner. That explains why the spritz I made was sudsing like crazy, my hair felt weird and was difficult to detangle and my scalp was so irritated. But I was stubbornly determined to really give CG a chance, so for three days I continued on before finally giving in and going back to Aussie Moist. Lesson learned: when having someone pick up hair product for me, trust but verify

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I will be out this weekend and pick up a few of them.