Trying out the NoPoo method: questions about transition and hair clay masks (hair type is 2C)

First off, up until two years ago I had silky hair that was extremely curly on the bottom half and around my face, and wavy everywhere else. Then I went to Asia for three months, and the water/products there KILLED my hair. It came back feeling like straw. So I chopped it off and started fresh. Now my curls are gone and I'm stuck with dry, frizzy waves. I haven't changed my routine and now my hair is the same length as it was back when I was happy with it - I was hoping maybe length made it curl more? But no. I'm hoping the NoPoo method might help revive my curls, but I'm starting from square one and have no idea what I'm doing.Questions:I've gone about four days without using shampoo and my hair is so matted with oil I can barely comb it out in the shower. Is this normal? I use Redkin Curvaceous conditioner and I have done my best to rinse it out completely every night, though it is getting more difficult to do so because of the build up. I also use a wide tooth comb. I don't want to use baking soda as an alternative - I've read too many bad reviews about it.If this kind of build up is normal I don't think I can take it anymore. I've bought Rhassoul clay, argon oil and rose water. I've read that mixing this into a hair mask is a good cleansing method instead of shampoo/conditioner. Any advice on how to go about using this method? (How often do I do it, what I should expect, anything at all really).I am starting from step zero on this transition and can really use any help you can give me. I have tried to research on my own but I find articles contradicting each other or stuff is not explained well enough for me...

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Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sorbitol, Methylparaben, Isopropyl Alcohol, Moringa Oliefera Seed Oil, Trideceth 6, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Cetrimonium Chloride, Limonene, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG Propyl SilanetriolThe Redken conditioner you are using has a very high concentration of mineral oil (ingredient labels are organized from what has the most to least), which is the same as baby oil, and amodimethicone, both build up on the hair if you give up shampoo with sulfates. When you decide to go the no-poo route, not every conditioner will work to cleanse your hair and you have to avoid certain ingredients in hair products because they can build up on your hair causing the issues you are describing. I know I made the same mistake (and many of us first do) when I first tried to go CG, I didn't check the ingredients Pantene Co-wash I bought and left my scalp gummy after awhile- yuck! Go through ALL your products (including gels, creams, etc) you hope to use and clear out any that build up. Meanwhile, you'll want to use a clarifying sulfate shampoo and a good scrubbing to get rid of the build up, then use a CG-approved conditioner on your hair and use your comb to detangle in the shower. I put a link to a webpage on ingredients to go for and avoid for you to use, you can bookmark it or save it on your phone to have it ready if you go shopping for new products. I don't have experience using clay masks, so I don't have any advice on using them, it sounds like a big hassle to mix all those things plus I'm not sure how effective those ingredients are for cleansing. I personally use the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Shampoo (moisturizing) and the Black African Soap Shampoo (clarifies and helps with my seborrhea), both of these are CG-friendly and cleanse without building up on the hair.http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-if-a-Hair-Product...I would suggest reading this blog, it provides so much great info and recommendations about products- it helped me understand a bit more about hair and ingredients:http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/