product help

Can you all give me some suggestions? I have been trying to experiment, but don't have a huge budget and am getting irritated. Yesterday....I contemplated straitening....

About my hair- Mostly 2b, but has some serious 3a potential. I have fine hair and after a bout of post traumatic stress syndrome, I have less of it now that i did before. It isn't thin, but certainly not thick. It tends toward buildup, but HCC has been great It is still dry....

Products in my hair:
Jessicurl HCC seems like it works awesome in my hair- use 2x per week
Co-wash- I have used various V05 and Suave conditioners. Sometimes good results, sometimes not so good. I can't tell there is any rhyme or reason to it. co-wash 2x per week.
My hair seems to soak up and LOVE Jessicurl TooShea, but then my hair seems...a little dry, but mostly just not soft if that makes sense.
Styling products hate my hair-they seem to dry it out?, but my hair needs them. I have used various GF and HE gels, Rockin Ringlets, comfident coils, etc.
I plop for about 15 minutes, diffuse until mostly dry, clip and air dry the rest of the way. This seems to be a very effective styling method for me, regardless of product, my hair turns out best when I do this.

So I think my main question for recommendations is this: What would be a good conditioner that would make my hair SOFT but not weigh it down. What styling products would you recommend? I just need someone to help me diagnose so I don't go entirely broke trying to figure this out.

Sorry this was long. Thanks in advance!!!
HCC + Kenra Condish + Biotera Gel and Leave In + diffusing = beautiful 3A spirals
You can try and find Biotera Fragrance Free Styling Gel. I find it ultra moisturizing...it's got a lot of Aloe in it. My hair is also sleek and smooth with it.

Conditioners are so trial and error...it's like...one day they are perfect and the next you're wondering what the hell happened! Not sure if you have used it or can get it...but Suave Toasted Vanilla & Sugar is pretty moisturizing as a conditioner and yet very light...
3a/3b thick coarse WL dark brown hair. CG/Mod CG since: 5/4/05. Current products: Right now my hair is in such a tizzy over this winter weather we are hving that nothing really seems to be working. I need a haircut.
You're hair sounds alot like mine. I think mine might be thinner than yours, but it needs lots of moisture but can still feel/look dry.

Jessicurl is in my rotation and the best routine I've ever found is to use the HCC, Too Shea to condition, Aloeba as a leave-in. Then Re:coil topped off with Confident Coils. I never could get Rockin' Ringlets to work for me - left my hair too droopy.

Suave has lots of good conditioners. I'm going to get the Suave Toasted Vanilla & Sugar that was suggested when I need some more conditioner. In fact, I was looking - and smelling- that last night at Wallyworld telling my hubby the conditioners nowdays smell so freakin' good ! The Citrus Smoothie is very good, too and I like the coconut ones, too.

VO5 has some really good inexpensive conditioners, too. My VO5 favorites are the StrawberriesnCream and Tea Therapy.

Cheaper gels that work really well for me are Garnier Fructis XXL Weightless Gel and their wet look gel. Have you tried mousses? I like L'Oreal Upward Springing Mousse and Sally's generic Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam. They're good for adding volume and I find they are quicker drying than gel. Oh, and lots of people like the LA Looks gels, mainly the Sports and Durahold ones.

Hope that helps you out some!
CG-modified since 4/05
2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB

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