Can't pinpoint the problem...

I have been reading and trying. Trying and reading... And I can't seem to figure out the issue with my hair :/

Recoil dried me out and got stringy...even with small amounts.

KCCC gets some curl but mostly leaves me stringy and pulled out.

"cleansing" conditioners are kinda bleh. I think I might have an issue with aloe.

Protein helps being the curl out but I can't find a good product to combat the dryness.

I think I have med-high porosity. Fine. Was 3a but can barely pass for a 2 right now. I am going to get a trim and some layers put in but I'm trying to grow it out. The weather is cold and dry here with low dews.

Strictly co washing makes me flat and limp and shampooing cause frizz. And sulfate free shampoos just feel awful in my hair. Drying and makes my hair grabby in the shower.

Gel is not that great and it seems to weigh me down. I like creams with hold. I used to use a none CG product that worked well in humid weather but here it is waxy and stringy.

I just can't seem to sort through what is wrong.

I want to try CJ products since everyone raves about them but I can't get the website to work with ordering the sample packs. What are people's opinions??? Fine, med/high porosity, easily weighed down. Very dry right now.

First pic is old. Non CG humid weather.
Second is new weather. Trying CG. With KCCC

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Other then the porosity, your hair looks similar to mine. I didn't use products before I started to lurk on, so my hair wasn't as curly as yours appears to be.

My hair doesn't like chemicals, especially polyquats. Didn't like Re Coil, which I tried early on. The second ingredient is a polyquat. My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies.

Many of us rotate products. My hair has always satiated on products, even back in my shampoo/conditioner only days. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Seldom use any one product more then once in five days. I use minute amounts of really rich products, do at least on PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
if your porosity is med/high and the dews are low, then you need to seal your hair after your leave in. if i am using a styler i put that in first, then seal last. others do it differently.
my hair does not like oils but i have had great success with jane carter nourish & shine. when you do seal with whatever you try, only use tiny amounts rubbed on your hands first. for me, it made a total difference in low dew points. for some reason my hair tolerates high dew points well, but the low dews totally do in my hair. some people find rich conditioners/stylers do the trick, but i think for hair that is higher on the porosity scale, we need a sealant.
this may only be part of the problem, you may have to find what does work for your hair, but i would start with this,
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: [I] curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
sealants - jane carter nourish & shine

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