Should I just strip it and try again?

Alright, I am having trouble staying on the CG bandwagon I think.

When I initially started, I stripped out all the tons and tons of cones in my hair from my styling products that I was using and then only using a low-poo- hence them just building up forever.

So I started going straight Curly Girl. Conditioner only in the shower and then styling products in the bathroom. All curl friend of course. And I got good results at first with the limited products I had, not as great as some of you guys, but I thought I needed to give it time. My hair is very fine and fly away and it is very hard to get second day hair out of it without adding a substantial amount of water to it anyways, hence I shower daily. So my hair at the very least is getting a water rinse daily. But I usually do a rinse out conditioner, and then after that, a leave in. Then scrunch out some moisture with a t-shirt and then add my gel into soaking wet hair. I don't think my hair is long enough to get a good plop out of, it's about chin length.

To finish I diffuse upside down on low setting for 10 minutes or so.

Now after about a week of doing the RO conditioner and then a leave in conditioner, I start to get itchy. Should I be scrubbing my scalp with my conditioner every day? I don't think I am using any products that can cause build-up so I am not sure what is causing the itchies. Perhaps just dry scalp? I know that going CG I can expect an adjustment period, are the itchies just part of that? And also after about 2 weeks my hair seems to lack oomph, almost like it does have build up, I get less curl definition, more waves, and more frizz than normal. Why would that be? Either from me not using the products correctly. Perhaps over moisturizing?

I've also been trying different combinations of products to see what works best. But one combination will be amazing one day and then just so-so the next time I do it a few days later. Maybe I shouldn't be mixing it up so soon and introduce new products slowly and one at a time.

Alright, any wise advice?

Also I will admit that it has been a while since a trim, so I do need to do that and my hair has been lightened.
Lindsay, a curly Mommy with a curly little man

Fine texture, fine density, normal to high porosity(?)

Modified CG since April 2012

Wash: DevaCurl Low Poo or SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
COwash/RO: CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing, CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish, Shea Moisture Restorative
LI: KCKT
Style: KCCC, CJ Pattern Pusha, DevaCare Arc AnGEL, Loreal EverStyle Styling Spray
Maybe you should shampoo (a shampoo without SLS and silicones, of course). If you have never had shampoo in these weeks, maybe that's the problem...
I have the DevaCurl Low Poo, so I'll try that. I really need to invest in another sulfate-free shampoo though, I have never tried anything else, so I don't know if my hair likes the DevaCurl or is just putting up with it. Any recs?
Lindsay, a curly Mommy with a curly little man

Fine texture, fine density, normal to high porosity(?)

Modified CG since April 2012

Wash: DevaCurl Low Poo or SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
COwash/RO: CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing, CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish, Shea Moisture Restorative
LI: KCKT
Style: KCCC, CJ Pattern Pusha, DevaCare Arc AnGEL, Loreal EverStyle Styling Spray
If your hair is fine and fly away you may need to be using protein. I do at least one PT a week and use products with protein. Pretty sure none of the products you have listed have protein.

A lot of us rotate products. My hair has always satiated on products, even back in my shampoo/conditioner only days. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Seldom let myself use any one product more then once every five days.

If your scalp itches, you can scrub it every day. You can also pick up a scalp brush if you don't think the pads of your fingers are getting it clean enough. It can take a while for the scalp to adjust. If it doesn't, you can try a conditioning conditioner, like CJ Daily Fix. You want one that has a mild sulfactant like Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I CJ Daily Fix! It's an HG for me. I have also started experimenting with Darcy's Cleansing Conditioner, which feels heavier and more moisturizing (though I have never felt like my hair was stripped with the CJ). They both work great. I absolutely cannot strictly co-wash my hair - it feels greasy and weighed down after 3-4 days, and I get the itchy dandruffy scalp then too - yuck. I usually use DevaCurl Low-Poo on Saturdays before my PT, and I use a cleansing conditioner on Wednesdays too. The other days I either have successful day 2 hair or I use my RO to co-wash. I've found it's way too much for my hair if I co-wash, then use a RO, then a leave-in, then moisturizing stylers. I use a protein RO every other shower and a protein based leave in every time I style. I think Kathymack makes a good suggestion - figuring out how much protein your hair likes is key.

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