Need so much help with my fine/low porosity hair!!!

I feel like I'm still transitioning, and though I've learned a TON, I still need so much help! I started life as a curly (my mother always finger-curled my pigtails), but around high school, I started curling/blow-frying/straightening my hair until I really didn't know what I had. My hair is fine, medium density, and VERY low porosity (can take up to 10 hours to air dry). On wash days, I get (at best) a 2b-2C type curl, with some 3a mixed in. On second, third, later day hair, depending on refresh method, I get 2c-3b (2c on top/canopy, some 3a, definitely 3b underneath). I have discovered my hair LOVES protein, hates any kind of oil, and definitely hates glycerin, aloe, and most polyquats. I still feel like it takes too long, and I have to put in too much effort. My current method is:Wash: Mill Creek Organic Keratin ShampooCondition: AOGPB Leave In: Devacurl B'Leave InStylers: DC Frizz-free foaming mousse, BRHGPlopping breaks my curls and smooshes them, pineapple-ing at night helps, I do sleep on a satin pillowcase, and I don't blot much with my microfiber towel. I diffuse, but have found that coming up under and not fully scrunching seems to help my curls get curlier and stay intact. I just recently bought a Q-Redew, and due to frizz and research after, am discovering my hair is under-moisturized, but when properly steamed, I get gorgeous 3a-3b curls all over. I still have issues with curls staying throughout the day, get greasy at the roots every day, etc. Because of the density and texture, my favorite is to dry-detangle, take advantage of functional frizz, and smooth the canopy slightly. I have attached pics to show some differences.

2 Answers

I looked up the ingredients of the Mill Creek shampoo and it's surfactants and cleansing agents are way down the list. So, maybe introducing a shampoo with more cleaning ability would help with oily roots. I like the Shea Moisture Superfruit 10in1 shampoo for some good cleaning and I do use a sulfate shampoo every 6-10 weeks to deep clean. I think for finer low porosity hair that can be helpful. Also, you are getting a good amount of protein but since you hair needs more moisture the 10 in 1 Deep Conditioner is really good! I have tried the same 2 stylers but don't love the results for frizz control or hold. I think there is too much glycerin for my liking. I do well using about 1.5 quarters worth of Curl Keeper and then Dermorganic Volume foam mousse. I haven't tried it with the DC foam yet. Also, when my Deva stylist used those products on me she avoided the roots with the B'Leave In. Hope that helps.
I looked up the ingredients of the Mill Creek shampoo and it's surfactants and cleansing agents are way down the list. So, maybe introducing a shampoo with more cleaning ability would help with oily roots. I like the Shea Moisture Superfruit 10in1 shampoo for some good cleaning and I do use a sulfate shampoo every 6-10 weeks to deep clean. I think for finer low porosity hair that can be helpful. Also, you are getting a good amount of protein but since you hair needs more moisture the 10 in 1 Deep Conditioner is really good! I have tried the same 2 stylers but don't love the results for frizz control or hold. I think there is too much glycerin for my liking. I do well using about 1.5 quarters worth of Curl Keeper and then Dermorganic Volume foam mousse. I haven't tried it with the DC foam yet. Also, when my Deva stylist used those products on me she avoided the roots with the B'Leave In. Hope that helps.