question about CG method, product overload??

Hey! I have been CG for a month, and still have not found a routine that works for me. It seems like my hair is so matted and crusty, not nice and curly at all. I am wondering if it is the gel... I have VO5 which I noticed has castor oil in it, and I also have eco styler krystal gel... Anyways, I wanted to try the ky in my hair before I bought curl keeper, and i seem to have more frizz and my hair feels so gross, especially by the end of the day.

So here's my basic routine, and if you can offer any advice I would so much appreciate it!

- Co wash- Suave green apple
- RO- GFTN
- LI- Shea moisture curl smoothie
- KY jelly
- gel- either krystal or vo5
- plopping
- air dry
How often are you cleansing your hair? I know I can't use GFTN too frequently because I've ended up over-conditioned. I don't know anything about the Suave green apple- I tried the Suave Natural coconut as a co-wash when I first started CG in November and hated it, so I don't think I could bring myself to try another one.

Curl Keeper (and KY jelly) seems to be something that people either love or hate. CK is one of my HG products, but I've never tried it with straight air drying, only when I diffuse my hair. I don't know if this could make a difference.

If the frizz is almost like your hair repelling from itself and your hair is feeling mushy and limp, it could be over conditioning. If you have fine hair, I would try a protein treatment. No matter what type of hair you have, you might want to rotate in a lighter RO if this is the case.

Unfortunately there is an adjustment phase for most people when they switch to CG. Don't be afraid to use a sulfate-free shampoo (low-poo) to remove any buildup you might have (the castor oil could be an issue- some people don't do well with it). Shea Moisture and Renpure Organics both have very gentle low-poos.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Thanks, I think you have helped me previously... I have done the IA girl protein treatment you suggested twice, but it has been over a week since I've done that.

I guess it could be over conditioned, I am washing it every day using the CG method, and have been trying to copy the waterlily716 videos, of products and methods. I had to cut my hair so it is a little past my chin... I just can not get it where I like it!!

I've been CG for a month.

Here's what my hair looks like now...
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Your hair looks beautiful! I know how frustrating it can be- the protein/moisture balance thing is the most difficult part to learn. I'm still learning 4 months later. And cleansing your hair daily presents its own challenges to finding this balance (Part of the reason I'm still learning- I also cleanse almost daily).

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel

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