It might be technique, at least in my case. After my hair is dry I like to shake it out at the roots for volume and this breaks up the cast any gel makes. the flaking is worse when the weather is dry, and I think leave ins might contribute to the problem as they mimimize absoption.

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Have several allergies and sensitivities.
Current products
Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly

2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.