If they work for you, then why not? Cones aren't the devil, at least for everyone. I've seen a lot of people go off them because they feel like they have to, and then be really unhappy with their hair. Some people do really well with cones. Same debate/struggle in the longhair community, too. I really don't think any ingredient should be vilified, because even if 99% of people don't do well with it, there's always going to be that 1% with amazing hair who do (or do in spite of it, lol). When I was growing my hair out I always wished cones would work for me because they would have made things a lot easier, but never happened. I kept trying, though. I don't learn from my mistakes, haha.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Wash with either Suave Tropical Coconut, As I Am, or CJ Daily Fix
Condition with STC or Yes to Blueberries and detangle with Denman, rinse very lightly (baptismal rinse)
Add LAL gel, either Sport or Wet Look, scrunch with flour sack towel, and plop
Diffuse 5 minutes, then air dry