Preserving curls after SOTC?

Hey all, just wanted to ask if any of you also struggle with losing some of your curl formation after you SOTC. Here's a pic of my hair before I SOTC, but always after I SOTC I lose some of the bounciness and strength of my curls. Does anyone else struggle with this? Any suggestions?

By the way, I usually just SOTC with my hands. If I shower later in the day and go to sleep before I SOTC, then I kinda SOTC/revive my curls with water and condish on my hands. I am a mixture of fine/medium 2c/3a curls, I think.
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2c/3a
CG since March 2011

Cleanser: VO5 Clarifying Condish, DevaCurl No-Poo
Rinse-out/Leave-in: Trader Joe's Nourish condish (HG!), GVP conditioning balm, DevaCurl OneC
Gel: L.A. Looks Sport Gel, Ecostyler Gel, BRHG
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Mine tend to loosen throughout the day, too. I've had some success with my latest routine, but I can't really say why for sure. I think it's the glycerin, but I'm not sure.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Woops! Meant to add that using a harder holding gel helps, but you probably know that.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
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2c/3a
CG since March 2011

Cleanser: VO5 Clarifying Condish, DevaCurl No-Poo
Rinse-out/Leave-in: Trader Joe's Nourish condish (HG!), GVP conditioning balm, DevaCurl OneC
Gel: L.A. Looks Sport Gel, Ecostyler Gel, BRHG
Me, too so my solution is something I dubbed SOMOTC. Scrunch out MOST of the Crunch.
If I scrunch it all out it gets droopy. If I leave a little bit it holds a bit better.
I'm 47. Straight hair until 6/2010. THANKS, thyroid!
2b, medium-fine, normal-low porosity, medium density and elasticity
CG since 7/1/2010

Cleanse: Abba Color Protect
Condition: DevaCurl OC
LI: CJ-Deep Fix, Beauticurls LI
Curl Enhancer:
CHS Curl Keeper, KCCC
Gel: Alba Strong Hold Gel, BRHG, Hugo Naturals Gel, SS FHG, CJPP
Trying/Maybe: Ecostyler,CJRM
I also am having this problem, except in addition to losing the curl, my hair just looks stringy and greasy as the day goes on. I cannot figure out how to have it look nice all day.

As soon as I SOTC, I have soft, pretty curls. But then I leave my house and already in the walk to the garage, it looks different, and then as the day goes on, worse and worse.

I have been using Deva ArcAngel and just started adding AG Recoil, but today for the first time I tried Recoil with a little Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee, and wow did my hair look bad. I literally just put it up in a bun because it looked so awful. (Note: I didn't use nearly as much BRHG as I do ArcAngel because the consistency seemed so different.)

I can't figure out how to make my hair look pretty! It's very frustrating. I'm just wondering what I could be doing wrong?? Thanks for any advice.
2b, Fine, Low-Normal Porosity, Medium Density

Last edited by srogge; 01-17-2013 at 12:52 PM. Reason: fix product name
Best thing I've found is sealing after washing, and if it feels a little weak after SOTC, I'll hit it with some flex hold hairspray.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I like to SOTC with a few drops of oil rubbed into my palms. It kind of keeps things some of the flyaways stay put and it's great for your ends.

But I only really have SOTC if I'm using a combo of hard hold gels. Usually using my mousse or layering Mixed Silks gel underneath will prevent the crunchies, then I don't have to worry about it much.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
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