From the pictures, my hair looked a lot like yours when I used to pull it back all of the time. Before I found this website, I had really dry hair and used to run away from my curls. I would suggest reading the forums and reading up on some of the products. I've tried several products that were recommended and some worked well, while others didn't. I really like the Shea Moisture line as well as AG's Fast Food leave in. Best of luck!