Help! I Need my Curls Back!!!

My hair is about a mix between 3a and 3b, the best comparison I can think of in order to get a visual would be Shakira's naturally curly hair. Remember the Hips Don't Lie music video? It is also mid-back in length. Anyway, I am in my 20's and I have always had volumous and very curly hair, never had a problem with it until I went away to college a few years ago. Since then my hair has gotten very dry, it is currently on the mend. But my hair went from really curly 3 hair, to wavy then kinda curly. I know my hair is heavy since it is very thick so I understand that some of the curls would be weighed down, but I cant seem to find a product that truly helps bring the bounce and curl back into my hair without it flattening out throughout the day or not being volumous at all. I need some advice on the best products to use to help with my hair and maybe advice on what kind of haircut I should get? I just got a few longer layers put in, but maybe I need a few more shorter layers? I am currently using Paul Mitchells curly hair line and it seems to work okay but I just started it so we shall see. I heard Ouidad and Devacurl were good products to use. Anything helps thanks!!
The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free Once you determine your properties, you can look for others with hair like yours and see what they use.

For most of us in the US, it's summer--really high dewpoints right now. Depending on where you live, you'll have to learn what to do as the seasons (and the dewpoints) change.

It's really helpful to read and learn. There are stickies at the top of each forum that generally have really useful information.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix

Agree with KathyMack check out the stickies on this board and the newbies one, work out your hair properties and dew points and choose your ingredients and products based on that. There are salon reviews on the main NC site, consider having a curly specialist haircut.

Try to work out what has changed - is it your diet and lifestyle, are you manipulating or heat styling your hair more, is it the water quality or air humidity, did you colour or get a keratin 'treatment'? If you swim or have hard water you might try a chelating wash.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Thank you so much for all your help I definitely learned a lot from that link it really helped

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