I am a newbie as well. I have already posted a question to the 3 hair forum. I am 21 with 3a-b hair type. I have stopped coloring my hair 9-10 months ago, and keep up on my trims. I use Aveda flaxseed aloe while wet and defuse it til dry. So far, that's the only product and routine that works for me. I'm open to any and all tips and suggestions about products or routines.