Hey, I'm a fine, low porosity 2C-3A lookin' gal, too... so you can read what I use below, and also know that I'm currently curl-stalking KathyMack and MaggieT, who seem to have similar hair (except mine loves a few things that Kathy's hates).

I'm a science nerd: born, raised, degree, grad school, nerd city. My hair M.O. is the same psuedo-scientific approach I have to all issues:

Only change one thing at a time. (Clarification: you can use more than one product, but don't introduce two new ones at once, or even in the same week). If you change too much and aren't sure what is causing the problem, wipe the slate clean and start over.

I low-poo (a chem-free gentle shampoo) 1-2 times per week. It would be only once a week, but I do hot yoga and long bike rides, and it just gets funky. I feel like this keeps product build-up, even from great products, off my hair, which is important for fine/wavy gals. If I have a product-induced freakout, I also do a low-poo with some baking soda, to clean that slate.

I agree with JessieBanana about going through your stash again, or whatever is left. Just try one thing at a time, give it a few days, and if it doesn't work try to figure out why by reading up on the ingredients. Keep the products that don't work in a separate pile so you can compare the ingredients, and perhaps a pattern will emerge! Also, try using them in different ways and amounts. The first time I used KCCC, for example, I used as much as I would with a hair gel... and I looked BAD. Now I use a teensy tiny dab, like, I don't know a lentil (smaller than a pea), and it's dreamy for me.

Lastly, I'm not a big believer in whole product lines. In fact, if one product from a line works well for me, I can safely assume that no others will. It's frustrating, but I have fine finicky hair! So I just use what works, regardless of the product line, or even the intended use of the product. KCCC is almost like a leave-in, for me, even though that's totally not what it's marketed as.

Good luck!
Originally Posted by bosanbo
Ohhh, bosanbo, we do have similar hair properties. Yay! I'm so glad you posted! Thank you!

I always assume that an entire product line is made to work together--but this seems to not be the case for us curlies. I also tend to buy an entire product line as it's just easier that way. I am alwasy short on time so buying products in one place is quicker. It seems as if I need to combine products from one line or another to get to that HG.

My hair, like yours, gets used to a product (it's probably product build up due to low porosity) and I find I have to do a deep clean or change products to keep my hair looking it's best.

On styling products, I always try a little bit, then a medium amount then a large amount and see what differences it makes. If after 3 tries it doesn't give me volume, shine with some clumping I cross it off my list. I even try mixing two products together (such as CJPP and CJCIAB) to see if that works--it didn't. The CJPP makes my hair so dry and dull too. Same with the KCCC. Both of those products seem to have some kind of "sucking the moisture" out of my hair problem. Almost like a humectant would-- and I wonder if dewpoints play a part in that? If there isn't enough moisture in the air it takes moisture from my hair?

If KCCC is your leave in, what do you use as a styler? I should look at your signature and see!
Originally Posted by Naturally_Curly
Happy to help! I'm curious how your hair is without product in it - is it dry on its own? I stopped dyeing/heating mine when I grew it out from a pixie, so it is relatively undamaged (other than being super-fine) and holds moisture really well. Back when I abused it more, it was the opposite: couldn't get moisture INTO it. I think low porosity has a lot to do with this.

So if your hair seems dry/frizzy without product, maybe try some DTs to really moisturize it - that way the products you put on are holding something in, instead of keeping moisture out. Same concept as using oil to seal hair, but I find oils way too heavy to my hair. I use coconut oil as a DT overnight once a week, and I'm trying mixing in some other oils next week (Castor oil, and Badger's Seabuckthorn oil blend). I'm still learning up on the whole dewpoint thing; I live in a part of Northern California where it varies very little, so I haven't had to think about it a lot!

I read in some other posts in this thread that you've had good luck with mousses. Me too. They seem friendly to fine hair (although a bad mousse is REALLY bad). I like Peter Lamas, which comes in a pump instead of having propellants that can damage hair. It's CG friendly as far as I know...

Also, I just added Garnier Pure and Clean Gel to my routine yesterday, as my "last coat," and after I gently SOTC it looks great. Maybe try it! I've had bad luck with other Garnier products, but I heard some good things from people with similar hair.

A thought on using a whole product line: one line tends to have similar ingredients, and if us fine gals are supposed to avoid product build-up, that might be another reason to mix lines. Similar ingredients in several products = faster build up? I don't know. It makes sense to me. Anyone else have thoughts on that?

If you feel like it, maybe we can get a picture of your hair, so we can see what it's up to that you don't like? Maybe you are indeed being overly critical! But I know the feeling, when product after product sucks for you. I try to only buy from places that have good return policies, and keep those receipts! It adds up.
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Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach

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