I'm thinking you'll need to determine what your hair properties are (texture, porosity, elasticity, density). I find that my biggest hits and misses with hair products and regimes are based on whether or not they work for my hair's particular properties. For example, my hair with its properties does really well when I use products with silk protein, BUT when I used a product in which the protein was sea kelp, it felt absolutely hard and straw-like. Another example...Some people will report how their hair gets weighed down when they apply oils to it, but my hair does really well with coconut oil (I consider coconut oil one of my HGs). Still another example...There are lots of quality styling gels on the market (I even have some and use them periodically), but still I haven't found a gel so far that works better for styling my
hair than my homemade FSG.
Some further trial and error is probably still in store for you (I'm expecting that to be the case with me, too, since I'm still relatively new to all of this). But in the meantime, if you're looking for recs, perhaps you can try one of the recipes found here on nc.com for homemade FSG. Again, it works for my hair, plus it's *dirt* cheap, so you won't be out a lot of money if it turns out that it's not your thing. Another idea -- *IF* your hair likes protein, there's a homemade treatment called a 'Cherry Lola' treatment**
that's supposed to condition well plus give good curl definition and reduce frizz. cherryloladotcom's Channel - YouTube
Again, this homemade treatment is cheap. And it seems to allow some room for experimenting (for example, I've seen some people substitute regular, cheap conditioner for the yogurt in the cherry lola recipe). Note: I'd try this treatment myself except for the fact that my hair wouldn't do well with such an intense protein treatment. If it weren't for that, however, I'm sure I would try this treatment because the results I've seen on other people have been great as far as curl definition and frizz reduction.
Anyway, hope some of that helps.
P.S. The Corbin Bleu hairstyle is a great look.
ETA -- Again, knowing your hair's properties matters. If your hair is high porosity (or if your hair is damaged), you probably wouldn't want to work with baking soda because from what I understand, baking soda has the temporary effect of lifting the cuticle of your hair and with high porosity hair, your hair cuticiles are already pretty open. If, however, your hair is low or even normal porosity, that's not a problem. There are lots of people who use baking soda treatments with great results. I periodically do baking soda & conditioner washes followed by ACV rinses as a clarifying wash on my normal porosity hair, and get great results.
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity
Currently Using [*Holy Grails*] Cleansers:
DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV
CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* /
Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses
, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
*DM Super Buttercreme
Goal: APL Hair