looking for a good product (or two)
I've been at this CG thing for a while now, and have had some hits and misses, but nothing that's really knocked it out of the park. I'm looking for a styling product--hopefully just one--and a conditioner. I was hoping some of you chemists might be able to make suggestions based on what has and hasn't worked.
Desert essences coconut works really well, though it's very rich for super-fine, thin hair like mine. But it smells so strongly I can't use it without major allergies. The DE fragrance-free agrees with my nose, but not my hair--makes it limp and greasy looking. I'm 0 for 2 there. I use mill creek keratin as a refresher on 2nd/3rd day hair but if used as a conditioner, grease-bomb again. It does agree with my hair pretty well, though, if used sparingly.
I've tried KMFUM, Hugo Naturals gel, Giovanni LA Naturals, and Alaffia beautiful curls. The Alaffia is the nicest finish, very shiny and healthy looking, but makes the waves limp. The LA naturals at least does hold, but always looks product-y. The first two make my hair look greasy and don't hold the wave at all.
So, I've bought a lot of stuff, but not really wound up with that much I can use.
Any suggestions to help me have a better chance with the next round of purchases?
If it helps, I think I'm probably high porosity, normal elasticity. The hair's extremely fine and seems to love protein, um, a lot. I can do IAGal's gelatin PT every weekend, without even conditioning afterward, and my hair loves it. I use SM hibiscus shampoo and BS/ACV in rotation, I'm not crazy about the SM but it's adequate I guess.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
2a/2b, fine and thin
cleansing: BS/ACV rinse weekly
PT: Gelatin PT
Conditioner: Desert Essences fragrance-free
Styling: LOTD Aloe