Everything I do dries out my hair

Hi,

I am hoping all of you experts can help me out. I want to scream, cry, throw something and in general I am just frustrated and upset.
First question: Is there anything in MOPC curl defining cream that could have potential to dry hair out under the right conditions?
My story (hopefully abbreviated). I have gone CG for almost 2 years now. I have tried:
Curly Hair Solutions CK - stripped my hair of all moisture.
Then I tried Deva Curl. It worked for about the first two - three tries and then it either weighed my hair down, gummed it up and/or also dried it out. I figured it must be the protein and glycerin
Next I tried Jessicurl, both her light and rich systems. Although the FSG definitely gave curl, once again everything stripped my hair of all oil and moisture making it literally feel like straw.
Since then I tried numerous different products with no good results.
Finally I used the AO rose mosqueta conditioner to get my hair back some moisture. Then I went to co-washing with Suave and it seemed to work for about a month. I was using CJ styling products during that time, both of which have semi soluble silicones in them. After the first few weeks my hair began to get weighed down, probably from cowashing without being able to remove the silicones.
Most recently I bought some more CJ - the daily fix Cleansing Hair conditioner and the Smoothing Daily Hair conditioner. I also got the MOPC curl defining cream. For the first 1-2 times my hair looked fantastic. Big lucious tight ringlets, clumping, lift, etc. My hair was more like the 3a/3b that it really is. I even got compliments - imagine that. Usually I want to put a bag over my whole head.
Unfortunately things have gone drastically downhill since then to where I am once again at the point where the only time my hair feels like it was moisture in it is when it is soaking wet. As soon as my hair dries the curl gets pulled out primarily due to the dryness.
I have determined that I can not use the cleansing hair conditioners on a regular basis as my hair cannot tolerate their harshness (yes, they are harsh on my hair) but I do need to use them every once in a while (maybe once every 2 weeks) to strip out hair products that leave a residue.
Now I still need to figure out what styling product I can use that will not dry out my hair and I am hoping that MOPC is it. It really works when my hair is not parched.
I hope that using AO Rose mosquetta for a couple more conditions will bring my hair back in line then I will go back to co-washing every couple, three times and oly use the cleansing hair conditioner when I need.
Any feedback at all? Input would be ever so appreciated. I am starting to get very depressed over how horrible my hair looks.
Thanks
First off--don't despair! I have found that if I don't do a protein treatment one a week my hair does the same thing. I love love love "Spiral Solutions" stuff. It doesn't dry me out. I also have found that about once every few months I wash with a baby shampoo (not very curly girl, but it's about what works for you) and follow it with a protein treatment (spiral solutions) and then a deep conditioning treatment (currently either Spiral Solutions or the Deva stuff). My hair is happy then. If I don't do the protein thing, I end up with dry, frizzy, dull, lazy curls.
I don't see mention of a leave-in conditioner. You might need to use a LI before your curl enhancers and gels. And are you rinsing out all the reg conditioner?
3a, fine+med textures; med dens (ii); low porosity; nrml elasticity; frizz; protein sens.
CG since Sept '11

Products:
NO sulfates, cones, parabens
Co-wash- Desert Essences Frag Free
Condish- Acure Lemongrass or AO Blue Camomile
DT- Jessicurl
Styling- AOMM + KCCC or Alaffia BeautCurls Shea LI+KCCC
Extras- wkly ACV, br sug scrub for scalp issues
Techniques:
scrunch in prods to soaking wet hair (no combing), flour sack dry, clip roots, air dry, SOTC

Last edited by coricourt; 01-05-2012 at 08:12 PM.
I also had this problem with products, esp. CK. I think it was the alcohol, but not sure. Anyway, protein is a must for me, I use a high protein leave-in (Kenra - just a dot!) and am careful about where alcohol appears in the ingredient list. Still trying to find a gel I can tolerate that I really love (my last favorite was Mirra, I am allergic to it!!!)
Lately, I'm having problems with my hair feeling dry/brittle on the sides and a few areas in the back. I don't know what happen or how to correct the problem. I don't wash my hair often..mostly cowash, apply a leave-in conditioner and seal with shea butter or oil. I used aphogee keratin 2 minute reconstructor & keratin green tea restructurizer a few times. I've tried deep conditioner but my hair is still dry/feels like straw.

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