I had a very similar experience - and I tried CG 3 times. It is a shame, because I really like natural products - but low sulfate products turned me into a dry tangly mess as well.

I love sulfates. And because I use sulfates, I can use cones. My hair is decent most days instead of occasionally. I guess you have to pick your battles - at least I recycle the containers from my products!
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