My pictures got switched above. The first picture is actually the "after" having used conditioner-only for a long time. The second picture is the oldest picture, having had my hair cut short.

I had to add another technique I started trying with this. After I apply the conditioner, I put my hair in two pig-tail-like braids behind my ears. I let them dry however long I have time for, and when I undo the braids, I get mermaid waves. Again, no money required. I'm all about these cheap/free, non-heat ways to do my hair.