Hmm, what products and techniques are you using? Have you tried following PTs with a DT to keep hair from feeling overly dry? My hair loves protein, but it also loves lots of moisture, too.

I realize I'm in the minority, but with one exception (Curl Queen), I really haven't been impressed enough with CJ stylers to justify the price or having to order online. I completely understand the whole 3a potential thing. It took me months to get hair that I *think* pretty consistently looks 3a (and I'm not entirely positive yet if that will be the case once the dews drop again).

My initial thought when I read your post was that it sounds like an ingredient your hair doesn't like, but I can't think of any overly problematic ingredients in CJ stuff (besides protein).

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Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel