I started on nc.com as a winter wavy/summer barely 3a with what was always referred to by stylists as a "fragile" curl. When I first joined, I read every post in every thread in every hair forum--and continued to do that for several months. Have to say that I initially learned the most from the 4a forum. Now, it's mostly the General Forum. Unless a topic looks especially interesting, I don't read the "type" forums anywhere near as much.
As you learn more, you'll find that it's hair properties that really help you determine the ingredient/products your hair might like. Technique also plays a big part in achieving your curl/wave potential.
Personally, I think there's a lot to learn from people who have a lot of experience in handling "textured" hair.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08
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