Yes, I did try to clarify and go polyquat free, but that literally lasted one wash - too many of my products have polyquats. I want to get off the deva bandwagon, but I spent a big chunck of cash on a liter of condish and don't want to waste it. I couldn't really tell if my hair was better after that wash. I do love the consistency and scent of the devacare, and my hair seems to like it for cowashing, but in future purchases I plan to only add polyquat free products in future purchases.
I think maybe I added too much protein in this last PT/DT, it feels just like your description - crispy and a lot like tangled dolls hair. I may lay off on the protein for a while. I have known for years that my hair doesn't really like protein in large amounts - I have always preferred "moisturizing" products versus "reconstructive" products except for rare occaisions following a particularly bad color job. I find that wierd given that my hair should be highly porous due to chemical and mechanical damage, so it should love protein, right? I think possibly I need to fork out the $80 for the detailed hair analysis.
One thing I also learned pre-CG is that my hair really doesn't like a ton of product in it. The problem with CG is that they push product in layers, and I can't seem to get that right. I need to back off for a while and just stick with condish only styling.
I am also beginning to adjust to the idea that I need a good cut. My last cut was in April, and it was a doozy - 2.5 inches chopped and just not a good cut. I have been planning to get a deva cut in a few weeks, but not at a strictly deva salon. Probably need to make that appointment soon!
Thanks so much for all of the advice. Several of you have really stuck with me, I feel like a hopeless case though!