1) Hi Robyn
2) It seriously took me lining up all the products I had ever tried, evaluating them one by one, and then comparing ingredients based on what my hair loved, hated, or just didn't do anything with. That's when I realized I was protein and glycerin sensitive. Then I read descriptions of porosity over and over again and finally accepted that despite my copious use of hair dye, my stupid hair was STILL low-porosity and needed more moisture than protein! It took some time but now it's better than trying products that are certain not to work because they contain one of my hated ingredients.
3) MI001 - I think we might be hair twins! Aside from my flaky scalp and coloring, that is... (if it weren't for my scalp I think my hair might really like no-poo....)
Mod CG since 5/10, 2b/3a, medium width, med density, low/med porosity, greying since 18, color over grey since 21
Hair hates: non-keratin protein, glycerin, sorbitol, sulfates, polyquats, co-washing (flaky scalp)
Hair loves: fewer/more natural ingredients, moisture
Low poo: Giovanni TTTT
RO: SN - Strawberry, ES
Product: KCCC, HETT, FSG (?)
Pic below is my naked, pre-color, non-CG hair (14 years old!!)...