Hey! It's hard in the beginning to transitioning! The dryness might be due to leaving some of the trsesumme natural in. I think it's good as a conditioner but leaving it in might be causing it to dry. Your hair might be too coated with the conditioner and the gel thus making it dry. So maybe try not leaving the conditioner in for a few days and see how your hair responds. I think, what I'm still learning is that the curly girl method is all about trial and error.

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