rbb, I was having the same experience as you. I didn't like the way my hair felt with the CJ when I used to much. I thought maybe it was the glycerin. I almost gave up on the product but kept trying it because I really liked the ingredients. I found that I definitely need a rich leave in with it. I know you use beauticurls leave in but I also have used curl rehab as well. I am not sure if my hair just adjusted to the CJ or what, but I don't get that sticky feeling anymore. I do have to scrunch out the crunch but that is not a problem. It can be so frustrating trying to figure out some products.