Myrna, sounds like you are figuring things out!!

A word on CK - someone on here recommended to me to mix lube and a clear gel such as AIF, and probably a little water (if you aren't putting it on soaking wet hair) and it is a near dupe to CK. I can't compare since I've yet to try CK, but I can say I had good results from that combo! I mixed them right in my palm and then applied.

Just something to maybe experiment with on a weekend to see if it compares at all! Would certainly be a cheaper route to go!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing