I never used products until I started lurking on nc.com about five years ago. My hair went from winter wavy/summer 3a to looking like my signature picture every day all year around.
It really depends on what you want. I like the fact that I get a lot of compliments and am frequently asked where I get my hair cut when I meet new people.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08
HGs: Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; DM MiraCurls Curling Gelly; UFD Curly Magic; Shescentit LIs; Sevi conditioners; Botanical Spirits Puree, CJ Repair Me