jj, I'm sorry that I don't have a good answer for you as far as curl cremes go, but I was wondering if you've tried using (not too much at once) mousse? A stylist suggested a volumizing mousse for me, which worked quite well. It can be sticky if I use too much.

Have you tried Curl Junkie's Coffee Coco Creme Lite or AG: Recoil? They are very different. In case you haven't tried either, the CJ CCCL isn't likely to weigh your hair down. The Recoil is very sticky so use only a tiny amount. It definitely helps hair curl but has an ingredient that some find drying. Which ones have you tried so far?
2/c-3a Coarse hair med. density.
Highly porous. Color over grey.
I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
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