Just so you know B&A gel has proteins in it which can be drying for some. Could that be the problem?

Maybe try to clarify with an ACV rinse and then start from scratch again. Sometimes this is all I need to go from blah to great again!
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.