Thanks ladies! "Alarming results" mean even coarser, frizzier, duller, huge cloud of straw-like pouf. I think maybe it was because I was using my normal conditioner for CO--which for sure has both silicone and protein in it. I think I might have better results with a light conditioner and have been trolling the protein-free board for inexpensive drugstore brands I can experiment with.

I also clearly need a styling product and I wasn't really using that before.
Jessica
Type 2c: coarse, high-density, low porosity (so it would seem)
Avoiding protein and glycerin; going for soft, non-crunchy, frizz-free waves
CO & RO: Tresemme Naturals Moisture
Sealer: Olive oil
Leave-in/Styler: Kinky Curly Knot Today
DT: olive oil and honey