for straight aloe vera, you can buy the aloe vera gel at health food stores. Make sure there is only pure aloe vera gel as the only ingredient for trying out glycerin, I believe you can either buy pure vegetable glycerin from the drugstore, or you can try KY jelly (drugstore or Walmart).

When I am trying out new things, I pick one product and try it for a week, without changing anything else. That way I can pin down any issues I am having

I really think so far Corrinna has given you all the best advice - I am learning to just keep experimenting! lol! oh and, yup, my hair only likes the food proteins...whenever I try to use a store-bought PT, it freaks out ;p lol!
Finer, mixed with coarser strands, low-porosity, wavy curly whirly hair...3A, 2C hair. Medium thickness, medium elasticity.
S-shaped hair with corkscrew ends. My hair is even more confused than me ;p
My hair officially hates protein Once a month is enough!
Currently a fan of TiGi products, (rock on, TiGi Curlesque styling creme!) but that will soon change - I am a self-avowed product junkie! Yay!
BIG fan of supersoaker method - thanks Rudeechick!