I'm a bit of a newbie as well, but I thought I'd share anyways
I'm a 2c with an underlayer of 2b. If I plop overnight I get 3a curls though
Sometimes plopping overnight gives me wacky curls pointing every which way, but other times it produces the BEST results!! My hair is pretty long though, so I'm not sure how it works for others with shorter hair. My other hair attributes are below in my signature in case you want to know.
For me, the devacurl products work REALLY well, especially the Arcangel. So far, I haven't had any luck when trying other gels, like KCCC, and Eco Styler. Although the curl formation is great, they don't give me enough hold. About an hour after my hair is dry, it becomes frizzy and my hairs "separate" from each other becoming more "airy" if you know what I mean. Am I just not putting in enough gel? They are so thick that I feel like I can't put in as much as I would the Arcangel. Maybe I'll work up the nerve in a couple of days and risk a super hard, crunchy disaster.
I also ADORE Shea Moisture!! I got the SM Smoothie about a week ago, and my hair is in love
It gives my curls more definition and makes my hair incredibly soft!!!! The first time I tried it I thought, "My hair feels like straight people's hair!" I'm both dense and course, so pre CG it would always feel wiry like the bristles of a thick paintbrush. Not anymore, thanks to SM! Jayxx, is the Soufle a gel? Is it a strong enough hold for you?
For second day hair, I dampen it with a spray bottle of water, and then put a little SM Smoothie on it, sometimes diluted with water so it isn't as thick. It works really well for my second/third/fourth day hair! They perk back up and regain their softness and shine.
I don't use microfiber towels b/c even those make my hair frizz, I only use cotton t-shirts now. I also found that "sealing" my hair by finishing off with a very cold rinse in the shower prevents frizz for me. I've learned to put my products in when my hair is still dripping wet which has helped a great deal too!
The method one user created called the "Spritz and Condish" is great for moisturizing my hair. It's generally good for those with high porosity, since the hair soaks up too much water and not enough condish in the shower. Here's the link: Spritz and Condish Washing for Porous Types+Thirsty Curls Everywhere!
I hope others join this thread too, cause I'd love to hear what other 2c's do for their routines!! Thanks KrisHousley13 for starting it!