Hi my hair twin!!!
I like to use good conditioners for the moisture aspect. And I use just a small pea size of CJ BCLI..Just enough to coat the hair and provide slip/detangle. I really dont use it to moisturize b/c it dose weigh my hair down. I can only use KCKT in low dews, which in FL is not very often. And I always deffuse my hair, which like you said opens the shaft and allows the hair to absorb the product. Soory I didnt help much, but maybe different conditioners may help. I really like the ones listed in my signature. Also check out live curly live free's pinterest site, has good ideas for products.
2b/c CG since 8/12
I have new growth, low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily
weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers
Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, Aubrey GPB
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
-Ion swimmers clarifying tratment-
Hair loves moisture
Plop, then Smasters method and MUST Pixie diffuse.
My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats