My hair is very similar to yours. 2c/3a-y. I shower at night so I don't know if this will be helpful or not. But I use tresseme naturals conditioner and deva no-poo. ( I'm sorry to say that for me at least, this is un-replaceable and worth every penny). When I get in the shower, I first condition and finger detangle while the conditioner is in my hair. Then I rinse. Then use the no poo. Then I condition again and leave the conditioner in my hair while I'm doing other shower stuff. When I'm done, I rinse the conditioner mostly out and add macademia natural oil curl reviving cream. (On amazon for around 8 dollars) then I scrunch a little. On top of that, I use la looks nutra curl gel (like, 3 dollars). I use a lot of gel because I sleep on my hair. Next I plop with a big t shirt. I leave it in for like, an hour or so. Then I take it out. I normally shower aronund 4:30 or 5 so that by the time I go to bed my hair is mostly dry. Before I go to bed, I pineapple with a scrunchy. When I get up in the morning, I let my hair down, spritz my hair with water, and scrunch the ends with gel, and goooo. When I get to school or work (depending on the day) I flip my head upside down and "unscrunch the crunch. " Btw, I apply all product upside down. When applying gel, if you tilt your head to the right and left while scrunching, it gives you better product distribution and you can scrunch closer to the scalp which may help with curling toward the top, it did for me. When I cut my hair, it curled a lot more also. But I understand not wanting to do that. My hair use to be super long, now just under my shoulders, but growing quickly and more healthy. Hope this helps!