i can definitely empathise with the "bane of my existence" part! - my hair's a bit different [don't really have much 2A..i think]. a stylist once cut out the 3A strands off my hairline so that i could have a fringe; the next stylist couldn't get it after it'd grown out. everything's been thinned and 'frizzed'.
for you, i think i'd actually pick the one that requires less work [but that still has a nice result]
i'm too low-maintenance!