hi michigogo! Just popping in to add my support. My hair was a mess in high school, but great now. You will be SO much happier with your hair the sooner you get started. Listen to the ladies here, they give great advice.

Everything I use (found below in my siggy) is found at Sally's and cost under $7 or $8 each. If you shop there get a card for discounts and such.

Good luck to you!

3a, med texture, normal porosity
poo: one 'n only shiny silver (occasionally)
co-wash/rinse out: assorted V05 "flavors"
leave-in/dt: gvp cb
stylers: ecostyler, bioterra curl cream, salon care aloe vera gel
hair loves: plopping, clipping & diffusing