There are a variety of factors that could be the reason your waves aren't working quite right; here are the ones I'm thinking:
1. Some people have a period of transition where their hair gets worse before it gets better; unfortunately that may be what's happening
2. What are your hair properties? Finding out your texture, elasticity, and porosity is much more important than hair type when it comes to determining what products will work for you
3. I know it's difficult, but the best way to figure out what works and what doesn't is to keep the same routine, except change one thing. Or even if you only change two, it gives you a much better idea of what does and doesn't work for your hair
4. If you are finding your waves don't stay, you may need to use a hard hold gel and once it dries, scrunch out the crunch. The gel cast that forms when the gel dries in your hair makes it so that your waves will stay much longer.
5. If your waves aren't very strong, you may benefit from a protein treatment (depending on your hair properties). It can help to perk up waves; my fine hair likes a protein treatment about once every one to two weeks, followed by a deep treatment
6. Not all products and techniques work for everyone. A big tip is once you find out your hair properties, look at what people with similar hair properties use (both products and techniques). It should give you a good starting point.
Hope all this information helps
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)
UFD Rich & Funky
VO5 Kiwi Lime
Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Curl Keeper, As I Am Jelly, UFD Curly Magic, CJ Curl Queen, TIGI Strong Hold Mousse
^^ day 1 of going CG; avatar = 6 months later