Exactly, JamfoW! The emphasis on moisture... and protein being the only cure. I had that "ah ha" moment, too, and it stopped my fear of protein.
I realize now that when I stopped CG in the past, I was "curing" my overmoisturizing by totally stripping my hair with a sulfate shampoo. That works once, and then you're right back to over-dry hair. This way I can keep working on the balance, gently teeter-tottering between protein and moisture. That seems a lot healthier for my hair.
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.
Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach