OP, I know just what you mean. I have (had) been CG for almost two years. My hair has been great and I feel like I understand my hair so much better now and how to care for it....I began suspecting that it's not necessarily being strictly CG that improved my hair, but just learning about protein, moisture, detangling and styling methods, etc.

I was having a few issues that caused me to doubt CG, mainly:

- Not enough affordable, CG conditioners to detangle. I need more than just Tresseme Naturals, which stopped working after while (probably from using it too much, I need to rotate)

- My hair was overconditioning too much, even with regular protein treatments. This was causing breakage and was a hassle, I think with regular sulfate washes I can avoid this

- I keep seeing pictures/videos of beautiful hair, similar to mine....who are not CG.

- My hair is becoming a horror to detangle in general as it gets longer. I have 4a hair that I do not protective style AT ALL, except the occasional bun, and I refuse to spend more than 20 - 30 mins detangling in the shower. I'm wondering if I need the slickness of silicones just in order to detangle with less breakage.

Basically I am no longer really concerned about my hair being dry - it isn't - my only issue and cause of breakage is tangles.

SO, I bought some GFTN, (my favorite ever) plan to rotate that with the Tresseme and some Aussie Moist (which I think has a cone, not sure), still cowash, sulfate wash with Garnier PURE 2-in-1 Shampoo-Conditioner, and see what happens, lol. I did a protein last week after starting my new routine, and even though I had been using a cone conditiner, the treatment (Repair Me) still absorbed fully into my hair. So I'm also wondering if maybe the idea of cones totally blocking moisture, etc from your hair are exaggerated.

ALL THIS SAID, CG is a good concept. Our hair needs moisture and we all have been there with dry hair and know the result. Just look at the CG before and after thread, this method has helped ALOT of people. You need to do whatever you know/feel is best for your hair....no one knows your hair better than you in terms of how it feels and behaves. I'm experimenting because I'm tired of wondering what if, if this fails and my hair becomes a dull dry mess, I can always go back to CG secure in the knowledge that it really is necessary for me.

Good luck!

4a?? Maybe 3c...some 4b??? No clue

tiny s-waves, coils, and spirals

- Cleanser: CJ Daily Fix or KC Come Clean
- Co-wash: Suave Naturals or V05
- RO: GVP Conditioning Balm or Tresemme Naturals
-Stylers: Garnier Pure Clean Gel, CJ Aloe Fix, KCCC

"I remember your childhood hair....flowin' wild at the county fair" - kelley stoltz

"and all the hours that you've been sitting at your vanity....may they carry you far from your misery" - conor oberst