Frustrated with my routine - tips/help?

Okay so my hair has been acting strange recently and I have 2 main issues. I do my usual routine but by the time my hair dries it is a huge poofy mess! I don't know what the matter is because I have done the same routine for nearly a year without any problems

The products I am using:
TJs Nourish Shampoo
Suave coconut conditioner
generic KY jelly for frizz
LAL Sport gel for hold

Routine: Lowpoo, then glide on conditioner + detangle. Rinse out, turn hair upside down and finger comb the ky and LAL gel through hair. Place hair under running water for 5-10 sec (modified supersoaker method). Scrunch out excess water with a floursack towel and let air dry.

The second problem are the small white specks/flakes in my hair, it's either product buildup or a dry scalp. Any help/tips/recipes?

Thanks in advance, I'm at my wits end!
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Have you checked the ingredients recently on the suave coconut? It's got cones in it now and isn't CG anymore. That alone could be the cause of both your issues.

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Have you checked the ingredients recently on the suave coconut? It's got cones in it now and isn't CG anymore. That alone could be the cause of both your issues.
Originally Posted by rymorg2
I just went through the ingredients list and it is still CG friendly, it's a huge 30oz bottle that I bought some time last year.

What I did find was olefin sulfonate in my lowpoo. I searched and found that it is a very drying ingredient which explains why my hair is so rough after I do my lowpoo.

Thanks for the input!
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MOD-CG since Oct. 21 2009
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When my hair acts funny, I usually do these things, in order:

1. Protein treatment
if that doesn't work,
2. Clarifying wash (usually with sulfates)

More often than not, the clarifying solves the problem. You might also need a trim or your hair may need a break from the products you're using.
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When my hair acts funny, I usually do these things, in order:

1. Protein treatment
if that doesn't work,
2. Clarifying wash (usually with sulfates)

More often than not, the clarifying solves the problem. You might also need a trim or your hair may need a break from the products you're using.
Originally Posted by Mountaincurl
I did a baking soda wash and I went out and bought GF Triple Nutrition and I am in in LOVE! My hair is amazing, shiny, and soft with only a rinseout! I guess my hair needed something new

Thanks for the suggestion!
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MOD-CG since Oct. 21 2009
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Baking soda isn't the same as a sulfate shampoo. Sulfates remove pretty much all build up. (not hard water build up unless it is for swimmers or hard water build up) Baking soda will scrub the scalp and probably remove some kinds of build up, but it is not the same. If the baking soda got you back to normal, that is great. If not, you may want to try a sulfate shampoo.

As your hair grows in healthier, it will have different needs. My hair's needs have been changing recently. The weather is changing now too, so that could be contributing also.
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Baking soda isn't the same as a sulfate shampoo. Sulfates remove pretty much all build up. (not hard water build up unless it is for swimmers or hard water build up) Baking soda will scrub the scalp and probably remove some kinds of build up, but it is not the same. If the baking soda got you back to normal, that is great. If not, you may want to try a sulfate shampoo.

As your hair grows in healthier, it will have different needs. My hair's needs have been changing recently. The weather is changing now too, so that could be contributing also.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Thanks for the headsup! I'm going to do a sulfate wash today, I was just amazed at the power of only baking soda and a new conditioner; my hair did a complete 180.
Before, when I let my hair go naked, it was a huge poofy mess. Dry, wiry, and big. When I did this baking soda plus triple nutrition, it was soft, silky, and manageable.
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Besides your low poo being very harsh (like you had already mentioned), you hair was probably getting dehydrated from just using Suave as a RO. I don't know your hair's specific needs, but I know my hair could never handle JUST Suave on a regular basis -- I need to use a quarter of the bottle as a RO and LI for one wash! The GFTN probably helped solve your problems because it's a lot more moisturizing.
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