Help A Newbie?

Hi everyone! I have always straightened my hair because I never knew how to deal with my hair and was wondering if I could have some help?

I THINK I have type 2c hair. It's extremely coarse and i think its curls are weighed down by the hair. I have very choppy layers all over, but an overall longer length. It has been dyed black and purple on the underneath, but it doesn't seem to affect it much.

How do i go about letting my natural curl/wave (it does what it wants...) show through? I don't like blow drying because it makes my hair look poofy and frizzy. Ihave a lot of volume naturally... Do i shower in the morning or at night?

Please Help!
Welcome to the boards have you checked out the newbie boards? They have a bunch of links that are stickied at the top that can give you a starting place as far as techniques and products and everything. Also, I would suggest paying less attention to trying to figure out your curl type and instead trying to figure out your hair properties such as elasticity and porosity (links to figure those out should be on the newbie board also, or in the general hair discussion board stickied at the top). Once you figure those out or get more of an idea of your properties, my next suggestion would be to look on the 2 board or even 3a (since you think you're 2c) and find a few people who have the same/as similar as possible hair properties as you (which you'll probably find in their signature) and take notes on what products they use. If you have questions about their routine, you can always send them a private message; most people on the boards are very helpful. Lastly, once you're looking for product ideas or anything like that, don't be afraid to use the search bar and search the forums. HTT
2b, fine texture, normal porosity & elasticity (CG as of 12/2011)

Low-poo: UFD Rich & Funky
Cowash: VO5 Kiwi Lime
RO: Tresemme Naturals, Aubrey Organics GPB, Ion Effective Care, MillCreek Keratin
PT/DT: IAgirl's PT, GVP CB
LI: KCKT, Cure Care, CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: 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
If you are interesting in going CG (Curly Girl method) then here is a link to get you started.

The College Curly

And if you would like product recommendations it would be good to know your hair properties. Here is a link that helps:

I shower in the morning because I generally work out in the morning. At least that's the plan, haha! It doesn't really matter when you shower; it's just personal preference. I don't blow dry or diffuse because I'm short of time and lazy. Here are some techniques you might want to check out.

I know it's a lot of information but it's only as complicated as you want it to be. Use the search function and do lots of reading!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

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