Hmm, I'm just going to throw some things out.
First off, don't be afraid to use drug store and grocery store products. Like, the products you've tried seem really expensive, and sometimes the cheaper stuff works just as well or even better. Also, when you use cheaper products it isn't as much of a loss when they don't work.
I think a hard hold gel might really work, because they do really hold the hair in place. I don't think BRHG and AnGel are very good representations of hard holding gels. AnGel gives a lot of people hair issues, and most people find that they have to mix BRHG with another gel or cream to make it work well. I know a lot of people are successful with LA Looks Sports Gel (This has been my go-to since I started styling my hair four years ago, 2 dollars at Walmart, Target, and drug stores), Ecostyler, or one of the Herbal Essence gels (some of them might not be CG anymore, so check the back).
DC One and AO GPB are both pretty heavy and I know at least AO GPB is pretty protein heavy. Maybe you could try mixing in another conditioner to the rotation. Also, KKKT isn't very moisturizing. I find Tressume Naturals, Yes to Carrots, GVP Conditioning Balm (At Sally's), and AOHR are all much more moisturizing. They work better as leave-ins for me. Have you tried DC One as a leave-in?
Microfiber towels give me a ton of frizz and take out too much water. It breaks up my hair, making it frizzy and stringy. How are you using the towel? Too much manipulation can frizz hair out. Have you tried plopping or blotting with a cotton t-shirt? Also, are you plopping or wrapping it around your hair? Plopping encourages curl and clumping. How long do you have your hair up?
Do you rake in your products or scrunch?
It might be worth it to just use a single product, like a conditioner, and see how you hair does. Like, pick a conditioner, use it as a rinse-out and leave in. Let it dry naturally. Then, next shower, use a conditioner and add in a styler. And so one. Or in reverse, try changing a single product and see what happens.
If it's frizzy when it's dry, you can try wetting it a little or smoothing some conditioner on it. You probably shouldn't finger comb it or brush it, as you probably know.
ETA: If you've had the hair analysis, can you tell us your hair properties? Like fine/medium/course and porosity. That would be helpful in recommending things.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out: Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
Last edited by rainboe; 11-04-2012 at 12:58 AM.