The ion effective care packet would be a great place to start. I dislike making hair stuff (getting motivated to cook is hard enough! ) that I prefer to buy PTs. I really like Curl Junkie's Repair Me for a PT. Since I am also lazy about doing PTs, I occasionally use it as a rinse out. Yes, Curl Junkie products are expensive, but I find they are worth it and I use way less product then with drugstore stuff.

Another PT you could try to make is the gelatin one by IAgirl. Pedaheh's Hair Blog: Science-y Hair Blog Recipes

If you do decide to go the route of trying the higher end products, kathymack sells samples of tons of different hair products. For PTs, I would try Spiral Solutions Repairing Protein Treatment or Curl Junkie Repair Me. Here is a link to her fotki:
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

Last edited by asianrunner; 09-20-2012 at 06:48 PM.