Thanks y'all, that does help! I do need to be more regular about DTs for sure. I'm such a slacker-pants. My hair doesn't seem to have the typical reactions to protein and OCing as most people though. Boo!
To answer product questions--the only LA Looks gel I've tried is the Sports Gel, and it does alright, but I live where there are low dews so the glycerin is often a problem. I'd really love to find something with lots of hold (I like crunch) and low humectants.
Medium texture/Normal Elasticity/Normal Porosity
Cleanser: SM Moisture Retention
Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea/AIA Coconut Co-wash
LI: Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner
Styler: Homemade FSG with a small bit of coconut oil and LALSG
DT/PT: CJCR, GVP Hair Reconstructor or Ion Reconstructor