Thanks for all the advice, curlies! I am currently in the process of moving away from cones and I moved away from alcohol a while ago, knowing it was drying. I currently use Devacurl stuff and hated it until I learned about plopping and now like it ok. My JessiCurls loot from this site just arrived today (before stuff I ordered from other sites earlier! What great service!) and I am psyched to try it out tonight! This forum has already changed my curl life and I am excited to try out all the new techniques over the coming months.