Y-curl, what kind of brush are you using? I've read that a few curlies here experience major split-ends when they used certain brushes in the shower. I know that certain Denman brushes cause damage to those with fine or fragile hair.
Also, do you wear your hair out alot? And if your do, when you go to sleep, what do you sleep on? Many curlies here(including myself) use a satin pillowcase. This helps in preventing damage to the hair(cotton pillowcases are rough on the hair).
Do you use Elucence as your rinse out conditioner only, or do you use it as a leave also. If only as a rinse out, maybe you should leave some of it in, and maybe use a more moisturizing product other than FOTE(or used over/under the gel). I've used this gel and when used alone, over a leave in, my hair became alittle dry. The drier the hair is, the more susceptible it is to damage.