I voted 6 months, which is about how long it took to find what works for me in most weather conditions. I only try new things for fun.

Suave/VO5 conditioners for washing and conditioning (2 or 3 times a week).
LA Looks sport Gel (every day)
Jessicurl Confident Coils (mainly because I like the smell. I don't use it every day)

I never get 2nd day hair and wet my hair every day (unless I'm not going anywhere, then I just put it in a pony or headband).
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
http://public.fotki.com/jeepcurlygurl/ password jeepy **updated Feb 2014**
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