Gardencurls- those are some really good tips. Unfortunately, I just went and read the ingredients in all my products, and none of them had silicones or sulfates listed (I recently switched to Burt's Bees shampoo, which is sulfate-free), and only a couple had protein or glycerin, and I don't use them very often. Maybe that means my hair actually needs proteins? Who knows. Just out of curiosity, what products are you currently using? Even if my products don't really have any of those ingredients, it couldn't hurt to try something new. Thanks!