My hair is similar.

2C for the most part, with a few 2B pieces scattered throughout. Shoulder length, medium-coarse, low/medium porosity, very dense.

My hair is also protein-sensitive & thrives on a moisture heavy routine.

You mentioned problems with second day hair & a gunky feeling. I had that for the first three months after going CG, until I realized my hair is very prone to "conditioner cling", caused by the buildup of cationic surfactants & polyquaterniums found in a lot of styling products (shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, gels), especially 'cone-free products, since they add "slip" in place of silicone.

Common cationics are: cetrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, "ammonium salts" (a broad category) & anything ending in "-ium".

Common polyquaterniums are: polyquat-4, polyquat-7, polyquat-10, polyquat-11, polyquat-37, polyquat-44. Some are more "sticky" than others, but all can potentially build up on hair & block moisture.

The chemistry can get technical, but most normal (anionic) shampoos do not remove cationics & polyquats, they just cause them to bond even more tenaciously to the hair shaft, so the more you use them & try to wash them out, the worse it all gets.

A low-poo with an amphoteric surfactant, like coco betaine, can help with the removal of polyquats, although it doesn't get 100% of the buildup.

I had to switch out a lot of my shampoos, conditioners & styling agents to avoid these ingredients, but my hair is SO much better for it.

I currently use Aubrey Organics products for the most part, since their whole lineup seems to be silicone, cationic & polyquat free. I also like several Shea Moisture shampoos (Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention; African Black Soap Deep Cleansing).

Again, buildup may not be your issue, but it may be something to look into.

Good luck!

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2C/3A--med-coarse, slightly porous (highlighted), very dry & protein sensitive

No-Poo: Naturally Amari Berry No-Poo (w/o Aloe & Horsetail)

Condition: Suave Daily Clarifying & Sun-Ripened Strawberry

Stylers: 4Naturals Spring Back, L'oreal Everstyle Curl Defining Gel

Avoiding: sulfates, ‘cones, parabens, polyquats/cationics (except stearamidopropyl dimethylamine), most proteins/extracts.

Last edited by LadyPlymdale; 11-15-2012 at 04:45 AM.