LA Looks Sport gel causing dryness?

Recently I had taken a hiatus from using my HG gel, LA Looks Sport. I had simply been using a dab of my CO wash (V05 Kiwi Lime) in place of gel or other styling products. My hair felt soft and had sufficient volume, but there was very little curl formation, with more frizz and less shine than I like.
(No fault of the V05 - I get those same results whenever I don't use gel or a styling product.)

Having grown tired of blah hair days, a few days ago I decided to re-introduce LA Looks sport gel to my hair ~ and I had an *amazing* hair day ~ beautiful, soft, shiny, frizz-free curls & volume.
The following two days, I did the exact same routine, using the same products and techniques
; however, my hair has felt dry and a little lifeless, not the way it looked on my first day back with LALSG.
What gives? Is it the protein in the gel? Any input/ideas/theories/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
I think I'm having the same issues. I've been using LALSG for months now, and I've had to SOTC with some VO5 clarifying condish to help with frizz. But then again the dew points where I live are always under 40, very dry, and the glycerin in it may be drying because of that. I'm considering getting a glycerin free curl cream as a styler instead of a gel, like SheaM curl milk.

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


I wonder if it might be the protein. When I use a protein free gel - my Aussie Instant Freeze - my hair is not as dry as when I use gels with protein. I have LALSG and Hugo Naturals. The Hugo gel in particular dries me out and it has more protein than LALSG, but LALSG dries me out too.
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
Could be protein and/or glycerin. What are the dews like?
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I may have to try the Aussie Instant Freeze. Shucks - I have several bottles of LALSG in my stash (caught a BOGO sale a few months back.) Guess I'll still use it, but not every day.

Dewpoints here are in the 60's. Kind of lower than usual for this time of year.
Thanks for the input, ladies.
Hair Type: 3A/3B; natural color; mid-back length.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus (2 - 3 times/week)
Fave Rinse-Out Conditioners: HE Hello Hydration; Yes to Blueberries; GVP Conditioning Balm;
Styling Routine: Squish-scrunch product /conditioner into soaking wet, upside down hair; plop for 10 minutes, air dry. (Diffuser dry front section.)
Fave Styling Products: KCKT; Tigi Curl Amplifier Creme; Batia & Aleeza gel; Giovanni Sunset Styler; LA Looks Sport Gel.
I might consider switching to Instant Freeze myself. Holy crap the dew point today is like 23 =p I live in a desert.

2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
New May 20th Routine
Low-poo:SheaM
Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
Styler: LALSG
Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


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