I'm only two weeks into going CG and not blowing my hair straight every day, and I just discovered this thread yesterday - it's so helpful for a newbie like me!
I started with a simple routine that I have been doing basically every day. I can't tell how well it works for me yet, because I figure it'll take a while to balance out. But today I co-washed with Suave Naturals everlasting sunshine, then used Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Conditioner, let it sit, detangled etc. Used the GF again as a little leave-in (nickel amount), raked it through my hair and then scrunched in water from the sink to re-clump. Then I put in DevaCurl Light hold gel by smoothing over sections, not raking it in, and scrunching. Plopped for ~20 min, diffused to 85% dry.
Overall, I'm happy with how it looks! This week my hair started to feel super soft and shiny like it never has before, which is great! However today I have a little buildup and a little extra frizz I thinků I haven't used any cleanser besides the Suave Naturals conditioner since two weeks ago today, so I'm thinking it's time to try a baking soda/ACV rinse? Or maybe I need to low poo every two weeks or so? Just feeling a little gunky/greasy today and yesterday.
Pics below! I also attached a shot of my hair right after my last sulfate wash. I'm so happy about the improvement already! Although I currently have some wonky clumps (recovering from a thinning shear, trying to grow it outů)