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

I've gotten my routine down to the bare essentials, finally
Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
Leave-in: Suave Everlasting Sunshine, detangle with Denman brush
Gel: LAL Sport or Wet Look
Scrunch with flour sack towel, plop 10 minutes, air dry
Refresh with either plain water or Suave/water mix