Hey, so I was looking for some product for my hair (totally ignorant to what's going on up there), and came across this board and figured I would seek advice.

A little background, I'm mixed, Black dad, white mom. As a child I had curly hair, then started wearing it buzzed around middle school.

In 2007 on a dare I grew it out, and kinda liked it. The first pic below has been lightened to show the hair, sorry I don't have any better pics of it, but it's almost to the below stage currently.

but it got out of control so I chopped it off.

I'm in the process of growing it out again and I wanna have it as nice as possible but I don't know what to do with it. The fro got lots of attention, but I don't want it that big again, and braids don't tend to stay in my hair (I don't know why).

It mats to my head at night, and I don't know what kind of shampoo or conditioner I should be using. Also not sure of what type of hair I'm working with.