Did you just start letting your hair go wavy/curly? When I first started my curls didn't stay put long. That and sometimes I would use a product with a cone in it and not realize it.
I dont shampoo with an sls very often but that varies from person to person. In the summer I generally use creme of nature shampoo, it has no sulfates in it and it's real gentle.
My hair clumps much better now that I rarely use a sulfate. I think sulfates just strip the oils out of my hair and cause it not to keep it's curl.
Now if your hair loses curl real fast after drying it might just be too little conditioner and not enough hold in your gel. You'll have to play around with that.
Thanks for the compliment on my hair
It's a work in progress. If you look at my before and after pic you can see what my hair looked like when I shampooed daily and use some cones.
Trial and error is a pain but that's what it takes to figure out what your hair likes. Oh and I use well water too, ours has some minerals in it but mostly it's soft water. As in hard to rinse out soap which is how I came to very rarely shampoo. Either hard water or too soft will certainly affect your hair. YOu can get special shampoos to remove the mineral buildup if you think that is the case.
Let us know how the net works for you! Good luck!