I have almost the whole line of deva curl products and some I can live without. However, like some mentioned u may have had a reaction. I've used department store products and didn't like the the build up of they way they feel on my hands when applied. With deva curl I wash with no poo then I condition with Joico moisture balm leave on for a few minutes rinse, then apply a small amount of one condition. I then take a nice amount of CO and apply that to my drenched hair. So yes mix products that's the only way to see what works. My go products are deva curl and Joico. I have my professional license so I get my products at warehouse prices. That's why I have so much. If u kno someone with a license ask them if u can join them on a visit to Ur local Cosmoprof or Industry Source and stock up on some products worth the buck.