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 and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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