Hmmm well it sounds like you and HoC have given it enough of a chance. Kick it to the curb, I say. (If only you could kick it onto my curb, LOL .) What works for some might not work for all. It isn't your fault, it's the knot today's. Might be the semi-high PH (7) of the product? That made my brow pucker but my hair seems to like it so . . .
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG