Thanks ladies. It is the strangest thing- my curls don't form lovely spirals when I clip the root. My hair is too fine for plopping to do much good- it screws up the curl pattern. I do scrunch dry with a t-shirt and I can get great volume and bounce in the body part of my hair with what I'm using now, but not at the roots.
I have used mousse before(typically HE Totally twisted or set me up) but it tends to make my hair feel dry.
Thanks- I'll keep trying new things and hoping I find something magical and wonderful!
PS- I should also note that my curls are just horrid in the winter. In the summer, they LOVE the humidity around here, and spring to life without much work at all! I have tried DT, PT, less, more of almost everything in the winter. My hair just seems to be unwilling to compromise.
3a/b fine, high porosity, medium density. Mod- CG
Sulfate-free Shampoo: SheaMoisture Curl and Shine shampoo with Epsom salts.
Co-wash: TRESemme Naturals,
Leave in: TN Radiant volume, KCKT, YTC pampering conditioner
Summer styler: LA Looks Spiked Gel(summer only)
Seal: Argan Oil/Macademia Oil
Winter styler: KCCC, AIF, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead curling creme(not CG)
DT: GVPCB, coconut oil
PT: GVP Hair Reconstructor
Embracing my curls.