I don't know if the As I Am leave-in would be moisturizing enough for your hair, LG. If your hair is drinking mayo you'd need a whole bottle of it for one use! It's a very light, watery product. It's great at helping with frizz and keeping tangles away, but it's not moisturizing. I use As I Am Hydration Elation Conditioner 2-4x a month for heavy-duty moisture, and it's great. It's not a protein treatment - just soothing hydration.

I've used the As I Am leave-in a lot (and I still consider it one of my all-time best products for my hair) when I lived in CA, but I moved to AZ in June, and my hair has been even drier than before. Even when I used the As I Am, I had to use either KCKT or Coconut Curlada as a detangler/rinse. After the As I Am, I would apply Coffee Coco Curl Cream, which is also moisturizing and detangling.

The Coconut Curlada is more moisturizing than the As I Am Leave-in, but it's still on the lighter side. It's a little thicker than KCKT, and a little more moisturizing (I don't find KCKT to be very moisturizing), but I'd recommend it more as a refresher/detangling rinse than a moisturizer. The Coconut Curlada comes in a teensy 8 oz bottle, which is like a trial-sized product for me, so I think your hair would slurp it all up.

Roots of Nature (sold at Sally's) has a butter whipped coil cream that I've been curious about. It does not have protein (from what I can tell), and it looks really moisturizing. I was thinking it might be an alternative to Coffee Coco Curl Cream because it has no protein or wheat.. I have used other Roots of Nature products that are excellent.

Roots of Nature Butter Whipped Coil Cream: Aqua (Water), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cetyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Methosulfate, BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butylene Glycol , Mangifera Indica Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter), Phenoxyethanol , Fragrance , Lecithin, Quaternium-33, Hexyl Cinnamal , Sorbic Acid, VP, Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, BHT, Geraniol, Limonene, Caramel, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol

Have you tried GVP Conditioning Balm, yet? I think it's an outstanding moisturizer/detangler, and it's inexpensive. ($4.99 for 16 oz at Sally's). Lots of people here on the forums recommend it. It's one of those products I always have on hand because it's really, really good. I'd use it all the time but I get bored and have to try new stuff. I've used this as a leave-in as well a a co-wash, and it's terrific.

GVP Conditioning Balm: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate
3b/c, Coarse, Low Porosity, Desert Climate
CG since August 2011/Occasionally Minimally Modified since 2013
Favorites: Beautiful Nutrition Cocoa Curl Cleansing Conditioner, Beautiful Nutrition Cocoa Curl High Definition Moisture Gel, Beautiful Nutrition UltraLight Lime Jel Control Serum, Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Clarifying Treatment

Last edited by gardencurls; 09-24-2012 at 06:46 PM.