Hi all....I am mostly a lurker because for a while I felt like I had this curly hair thing down. But lately that hasn't been the case.

Background: I have been using the same products to wash and condition my hair. I have alao been using the same styling products which I rotate. Wash & condish: Giovanni TTTT poo, Natures Gate hemp condish, AO GBP, GVP conditioning balm, and Repair Me as a PT. STYLING: CJ cccc lite, AF gel, LASLGEL , CJ SG, SheaM LI. I rotate these...have been using them for years.

My hair: fine but lots of it...3a...med porosity...seems to love protein.

Ok....now to the issue...the last 6 months I would hit points where all of a sudden my hair would look stringy coated limp and greasy...no new products...just literally happened all of a sudden. It would happen every 6 weeks or so. So I ended up purchasing the repair me becauseit seemed like my hair was overconditioned. And the repair me worked. ..wonderfully at first. But now for the past 2 months even the repair me wasnt working. ...neither was acv rinses. I have only been using the AO GPB and NG Hemp condish because they r protein heavy because I thought tjats what I needed because the symptoms were what overconditioned hair would be. Well none of this has been working. I even washed with sulfate shampoo because I was desperate. Still my hair loiks over conditioned.

The only thing I have been doing different since this all started 6 months ago was to use foam hair color...could that be it? I have been coloring my hair for years but always with cream.

Any insight into this issue would be greatly appreciated. TIA!
Originally Posted by Chelley Mae
It could be the color, but a lot of the products you're using seem to be pretty rich/heavy. I would start off by using a good clarifying shampoo, a lighter conditioner (or a very small amount of a heavier one), skip the leave-in, and then use a less moisturizing styler. The Giovanni TT seems to leave a film on my hair, so I use only the 50/50 now.

After a couple of years of being strict CG, my hair could no longer tolerate all the moisture. It still can't. I use 50/50 shampoo every time I fully do my hair (3x a week or so), a small amount of various conditioners (right now I'm liking the GVP Conditioning Balm and Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner *), and absolutely no LI ever. I found that if I just used shampoo regularly, I didn't need to use protein-heavy products all the time. For stylers, I stick to things that aren't moisturizing at all.

Hope that helps!

*Not CG
2C/3A, fine, higher porosity.