Welcome, PrissaJean! You'll find all the support and help you need on these boards. It's important to know your hair properties in order to choose the right products for your hair. Coarse hair and fine hair respond differently to the same product. These links will help you figure out what your hair needs:
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
Curly Hair Tips, Styles & Products - NaturallyCurly
You've made a great first step by stopping the chemicals and heat that only cause more damage. Deep treatments to get some moisture back into your hair may be your next step. Many of us avoid shampoos with sulfates as they are very drying. We also avoid conditioners and styling products with silicones as they coat the hair and keep moisture from getting in.
Read, read and read some more. You'll find a wealth of info here. Ask questions when you have them. And don't get overwhelmed! It can be a lot to take in at first but it will all fall into place with some time and patience. Good luck!
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.