Thank you, kathymack.
I am just now learning about ingredients of products. My hair is protein sensitive so I am trying to stay away from those products. I'm not sure what my hair doesn't like about Deva products, but like you, it makes my hair feel like straw.
I think we have similar hair properties, so I may try a few of the products you are using and see how that works. A few people have mentioned jelly products and since the gels don't seem to work for me I'll try those too.
I hadn't thought about polyquats, but I will be sure to be on the look out for those as well. My hair has always preferred a switch of products after a while--I kind of wonder if the low porosity causes product build up and then great products are less great as I continue to use them.
I'm in the Midwest, so I will do a bit more research on dewpoints too.