natural products for poofy 3a/2c hair

Hi all!

So, I have a hair care routine that's been working for me for about three years, where I use the Garnier Fructics hair putty on my 2C/3A curls. My hair is very poufy but not particularly thick (if i flat iron it it looks downright thin, but with no product I have 80's hair). Unless I over do it or vastly underestimate the amount humidity outside I typically get a nice finish that's glossy with no frizz, but not crunchy.

However, the last couple of times I've gotten my hair cut or styled, the stylists have been really surprised that the cheap stuff is working for me and style my hair after the cut with super expensive natural products that just don't control the frizz at all. The cuts were fantastic, so these guys clearly knew what they were doing in terms of structure, but they had no idea how tame my frizz.

Has anyone else had a similar experience with the natural products not working, or with stylists who otherwise get curly hair not getting the frizz thing? Is the "oh god, how could you?" stuff just a put-on to get me to buy their expensive stuff, or am I missing something?
I've gone to the same stylist for 30+ years. Always get a fabulous cut, but leave with wet/damp hair and style when I get home. He does understand the "frizz thing." Says it's the biggest complaint of us curly girls.

It's really helpful to know your hair properties. Better for selecting products/ingredients then hair type. Here's a link to help Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you determine your hair properties, look for folks with hair like yours and see what they use (in signature.)

My hair does prefer the more natural products from the online, boutique quite companies. And, yes, they do do help with frizz. My hair doesn't care for a lot of the chemicals in the inexpensive products (polyquats 4 and 10, mineral oil, etc.)

What products did the stylist use? Most of the more natural products aren't available in salons.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
If I told a stylist what all I do to my hair she would die...Henna, eggs, co-wash, tea rinses...Yet a stylist would have no problem dunking someone's hair in bleach or scrubbing the life out of someone's scalp with shampoo! Most of them are trained to use products they can sell...I used to frequent salons when I wore my hair straight. That stuff is not necessarily any better for you hair. It just comes down to healthy ingredients, and that is all.

However, if you have a stylist that is used to curly hair, he may know better than the stylists I had.
Dense but fine and delicate 3a hair. Feels like a dandelion without product. Difficulties in getting less puff and more definition when short.

On a mission to grow out after my big chop!

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