Thank you, sexyspirals! Yep, it looks like our hair properties are very similar--and I'm in the Midwest too!
In the 90's I could have cared a less about products--washed with sulfate shampoo, conditioned with whatever, dried with a terry towel, no leave in and used some kind a mouse. Diffused a bit, dried the rest of the way on the way to work with the car heater on high. Go figure that my hair looked great back then!
Now, I buy all the good stuff, do all the right things and am not getting great hair--to me anyway. I get tons of compliments--people think I have a wig on or can't believe I ever straightened my hair. I think I've become overly critical of my hair--I prolly need to lay on a sofa and have therapy....lol. Some days, if my hair doesn't turn out "glorious" (or sexy spirally--HA!), I feel like washing it and starting over with different products--like who has time for that? I swear, it's just not as soft and bouncy as it was in the 90's--I'm sure age has something to do with that. Darn it!
Anyway, this hair product HG is sure hard to figure out--I think there's just so much to know and learn.
I really want to try both the AG Re:coil BRHG as I've heard super great things about both. I was thinking I read the AG Re:coil has protein in it, so I need to look at the ingredients list. I think the BRHG will be my last attempt at a gel--although I did just recently purchase the Garnier Pure Clean Gel as it seems like a lot of people like it--so I'll try it, then the BRHG.
Ohhh and I need to give the Aloe a shot too! Taking notes, more notes and more notes.
I have a want to try product list a mile long....
And I almost forgot--have you tried one of those screw on shower heads to eliminate the minerals in your hard water? I used to be a hairstylist and hard water minerals absolutely builds up in the hair (juts like on your shower head) and makes everything from styling products to hair color go wonky or react differently. ACV can be a great solution but it has been known to strip color out of hair and it can be drying. I think it's best to eliminate the minerals than to use the ACV--and if the intent is to use it to only remove minerals (not to close cuticles as your hair is already low porosity) a clarifying shampoo is a better bet--but that's just my own personal opinion.