^ ditto rbb. I tried lots of different blue/purple conditioners (I think there's a thread on the over 40 forum with the results of my experiments with them) but they all seemed very drying to my hair. Now, like rbb, I just add red/gold corrector to my favorite conditioners and it works great. I only use it a few times a month, especially if I'm spending time in smokey bars.
As for shine, there just seem to be days that my hair is shiny and other days it isn't. If it's really dull I'll just mist a tiny bit of oil on it and run my hands through it. My hair doesn't like too much oil (except in deep treatments). It makes it stringy.
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since 2-2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...-progress.html