My pattern has changed quite a bit, but I went from knowing nothing about curls (I was still brushing and never even used conditioner, although I was diffusing). Technique and cowashing have made a big difference for me.
med-coarse texture/med density/low porosity
Clarifying: TJ TTT shampoo
Cowash: VO5 clarifying kiwi lime, Suave daily clarifying
RO: SN or Tresemme naturals, TJ TTT
LI: SN or VO5
Styling: Gels - HESMU, AAV; John Frieda & HETT mousse; TIGI Curl Booster, FX Curl Booster * Fan of plopping & diffusing