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The texture, thickness, porosity, and elasticity (not to mention the dewpoint) are much more important than curl types IMO. Curl typing can be fun, but it isn't going to make much difference in your hair care.
Curly/wavy hair always does better with more weight, which means length, and for fine hair means adding protein. For the life of me I've no idea why the vast majority of American hairdressers insist on shortening, thinning/razor cutting/severely layering curly hair (and doing it when it's wet too), since experience should have taught them otherwise, but all too many do (and I've had the misfortune of sitting in way too many of their chairs).
Your hair has to be dry when cut for the hairdresser to be able to see what the curl and weight do to the visible length. If s/he cuts it dry, in its 3 dimensional state, curl by curl, removing whole curls, it will look harmonious, and much more even than if it's cut strictly even when wet. Deva trained hairdressers, and some self-trained hairdressers do this. There's a Find a Salon feature here on naturallycurly.com which should help you locate a hairdresser who actually has a clue (as opposed to delusionally thinking s/he has a clue) how to cut naturally curly hair.
I suspect that part of your problem with products is that you're relying too much on shampoo, even if it is sulfate free, and, as far as I can tell not using a gel/curl cream/mousse, or deep treatments. I'd suggest cutting
down on your low-pooing, concentrating on your scalp when you wash your hair, and refraining from piling your hair on top of your head and rubbing (like they do in shampoo commercials) it much while you're washing your scalp. You may find that applying some conditioner to the lower half or so of your hair before washing your scalp helps protect it. Try washing with conditioner ("co-washing") some of the times when you would have low-pooed. As time goes by, you should be able to decrease the frequency you feel the need to low-poo, based on scalp oiliness. After low-pooing or co-washing, squish conditioner into your hair, finger comb, then scrunch, and leave it on while you go on about the rest of your shower. When you're all washed, rinse the conditioner out, then apply a small amount of (possibly higher quality) conditioner to your ends. Then apply mousse, curl cream, or gel; squish it in; and scrunch. The styling product will help keep your hair in place while it dries, and help maintain your clumps and waves once dry, as well as decrease frizz.
Use your better quality conditioner, preferably a high protein one (for your fine hair) to deep treat. You wet or wash your hair, apply the conditioner of choice, cover with a cheap plastic treatment cap, and wrap in a towel or sit under a hood dryer for 20-30 minutes, then rinse out and use your styling product. Do this once a week until it seems like it's more than your hair needs, then back off on the frequency.
So try: one non-sulfate poo; a cheap, cone-free conditioner (which you will use lavishly); a better quality conditioner with protein; and a styling product. If you're not happy with the results, it may partially be that your hair is still getting used to this new approach, or it might be a product choice or application method. Try not changing more than one thing at a time, so that you can tell if that one thing was the culprit. By not changing more than one thing at a time, you'll actually be able to narrow down your list of good products faster. Once you have a routine that works for you, you can start experimenting (if you want to) to see if other product choices make the
system work better for you.
Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008