First off, did you clarify before starting cg? And are you sure none of your products have non-soluble cones?

Next - get the trim. It will help you gauge the actual condition of you hair and be able to tell what it needs.

Sounds to me like you are porous. You likely need PT's and DT's, and sealing your hair with LI then oil.

You say gel is a no-go - what happens?

Are you full cg? Or mod?
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing