My ends feel fine but the top of my hair doesn't!

I don't know if this'll make sense but I've been straightening my hair for like 6 months. I'd been straightening my hair for most of my life but last summer and fall I went curly then I reverted back to my old ways. Now that it's summer again I wanna go curly again, but I'm feeling discouraged because my hair isn't what it used to be.

I know it's going to take time for my hair to "transition" I guess, but for now I need help on what to do. I have 3c/4a hair and I deep conditioned it with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition's deep conditioner, rinsed it out like an hour later and I noticed the problem... My ends are curling ok but like the top layer of my hair feels dry and mushy? and its poofy. In fact my hair is just frizzy and poofy once its dried and even when I get out the shower, my hair feels dry even though it's wet.

Any help and encouragement would be appreciated. I know my concerns may be stupid and I sound just wait for my hair to get used to not being straightened once a week but I wanna get my hair back to how it is in my profile picture and I'm a worrier!

Thanks!
*Heavy Sigh*

Last edited by *It'sZoey!*; 06-17-2012 at 11:08 PM.
My hair feels mushy and I get spider webby like frizz when I'm overconditioned. I have fine hair and too much moisture can make my hair almost soggy. I need to use regular protein treatments to keep my hair healthy. The key for me is keeping the right balance of moisture and protein.

It's interesting that you describe your hair as both mushy and dry at the same time. Have you checked the ingredients in your products? You may be getting some build-up. GF recently reformulated their products and many of them now contain cones. Have you clarified?

Gel, mousse, jelly, curl cream or some type of styler is essential for me. I need some help in clumping and defining my curls. Are you using anything?
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.

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