For the past week or so, I've been having some great hair days until recently. I've noticed that my waves are separating into skinnier clumps than before, and it is annoying. I suspect it's my Mane 'n Tail conditioner. Here are the ingredients.
Water; Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate; Distearyldimonium Chloride; Stearyl Alcohol; Emulsifying Wax NF; Cetyl Alcohol; Coconut Oil; Glycerine; Vegetable Oil; Fragrance; Phenoxyethanol; Methylparaben; Sodium Chloride; Hydrolyzed Protein; Propylparaben; Lanolin; FD&C Yellow #5
I have been using Suave Naturals or Burt's Bees Shampoo to cleanse the scalp, Alberto VO5 Moisture Milks Co. to protect the ends and condition the scalp, and Mane 'n Tail Co. to condition the length. Also, my hair seemed a little nicer when I lemon-aid rinsed about every other day, but I haven't had time for it lately.
My routine only includes the above products (leaving in some Mane 'n Tail) and usually got2b Spiked Up gel to style. I thought the gel was to blame for the skinnier waves at first because some people say they get that with hard-hold gels. I tried just using Set it Free after the next wash, but it still didn't look good and needed to be combed dry to re-clump (good hair that day, but I was able to get good hair with that routine without combing before).
I think my hair may only be able to tolerate a certain amount of protein if that makes sense, so I bought Aussie Moist Co. (never tried it, but will soon) and VO5 Vanilla Mint Co. to switch it up.
Any thoughts? Sorry for the super-long post!