Darby: I dont know if my hair is protein sensitive, or if it loves protein. I have not been able to figure out the chemistry of my hair but I know that glycerine, if its high on the ingredients list, probably isnt great. I was very frustrated too, like you. So I grabbed my GVP conditioning balm, because so many here love it. Well, I love it too now. It may not work when it gets warm, I may need something lighter, but its working great now. Sallys. Its cheap.