I would not go back to the Aveda if your hair is protein sensitive. RR worked only ok in my hair, and it also gave me much skinnier curls than I like. Since the conditioners didn't work for you either, I suspect your hair doesn't like all the oils. I would try other cone/protein free products. Devacurl One Condition is a popular conditioner that's protein and cone free. It's pretty moisturizing and gives good slip. Devacurl also makes two gels - Angell, which has a very light hold, and ArcAngell, which has a medium/strong hold. Other popular gels are Aura hypoallergenic (from Sally's) and the three Herbal Essences gels. I'm sure other people will have more suggestions, but that's all I can think of right now.
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