Need help with reducing volume and puffiness

Is there some kind of technique or product I can use to reduce the volume of my very fine and dense hair? It's also pretty porous and dry. I hate looking like I have 80s hair.
2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

CG since 10/12
You probably need protein! I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein. It helps tighten curl and reduce frizz.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
This may be a stupid question, but how do I tell if a product has protein? I currently have three products I plan to use as DTs at some point (Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Smoothie, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner).
2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

CG since 10/12
Perfectly legitimate (not stupid) question. Products containing protein will say protein in the ingredients - either just as protein, as hydrolized protein, as amino acids, and possibly other things (I'm not sure if panthenol is protein).

Among those you mentioned, I use Curl Junkie Curl Rehab. It doesn't have protein. It's great for moisturizing.

Not sure about the other two, so you will want to check the labels. Also, if they are listed in the products section of this website, I think each product states whether it has protein. Good luck with this!

ETA: Since you are using Curl Junkie products (I think they are great) you might want to use their Repair Me if you are looking for a protein boost. Be sure to follow it with more moisture. Even though the Repair Me is unique because it is protein and moisture, I always think it's a good idea to follow protein with moisture. The Curl Rehab that you have would be excellent for that.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high.
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift

Last edited by curlypearl; 10-14-2012 at 12:04 PM.
Perfect explanation, Curlypearl! I just wanted to add that I think panthenol is an emollient.
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My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

CG since Sept. 2011
Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

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