Hmmm......Could your hair be overconditioned? I know that some curlies experience less definition when they overcondition their hair. Or if their hair needs a break from all the styling products. Could you have buildup also? Sometimes I just use a leave in and leave my hair be to give it a break, or put my hair in twists for about 4-7 days, and then wear a twist out for as long as it looks decent.
For me, less it more. The more products I use(gels especially), the less curl I retain. Right now, I wash once a week with Curls Curlicious Cleanser(or as needed). I CO rinse 3 times a week with Elucence(though my hair has sorta been laughing at this lately when I use it for rinsing). I've also use the DevaBrown OneC(which I absolutely LOVE, but it's just to expensive for my taste). For my leave in, I've been using the Curls Milkshake
under the Curls Spirals Cream. But before using the Milkshake
, I used Elucence(and actually still do; it's been working better as my leave in than CO conditioner).
I've also been alternating with BB Curly Frizz Pudding
and Styling Butter Cream
. These are also good products for defining your hair. They don't give a firm hold, but I haven't had any problems attaining 2nd or 3rd hair using these. When I use these, I use the butter first and then layer the frizz pudding. I don't use a leave in when I use these. The butter functions as my leave in as well as styler.