Oh my heck, THANK YOU ladies for posting this thread! As one of the new people, I am definitely finding this helpful!
Type: 2b/c with 2a near my face
Density: thick
Texture: medium
Porosity: normal
Elasticity: normal

1st EXPERIMENTAL REGIMEN:
Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
comb and part my hair, then --
Gel: Kinky-Curly Curling Custard
scrunch dry with a microfiber towel

Pre-CG (totally trashed by winter + shampoo + brushing):