2c/3a Low Porosity, High Density, Medium Width

Hi guysThis question has been asked numerous times before but I'm at the end of my tether with my hair.I've been CG since 2012 but still haven't gotten to the point where I know exactly what to use on my hair and, at this point, doubt I ever will!I'd love some suggestions from you all about what I can use on my hair, specs as follows:-2c / 3a,low porosity,high density,medium width & length.Currently I co-wash, plop and the apply Shea Mositure Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner - leaving it to dry, then shake out.  Sometimes this routine works, most days it doesn't!  I do like Aveda Curl Enhancer but just don't know which products I should be applying first / last etc.Would love your help.

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Hi I'll share what I like for my 2c/3a fine Low Porosity, low-med density hair and if any of it can help great. But your routine is super minimal and you might find more luck with a bit more layering of products. Mine is not minimal but it doesn't take long either. I am CG and use the LOC method for keeping moisture in my hair. That is Liquid or Leave In. Oil. Cream. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In. Shea Moisture Dry Oil Mist (4 sprays into hand and apply to ends). Deva Curl Curl Cream (focus mostly on ends). Then I use 2 product to help w/ hold and curl retention so it doesn't droop. First Deva Curl Volume Foam (mousse) and then a Sea Salt Spray (several kinds work fine). I focus this last one on the roots and the week curl areas. Sea salt can be slightly drying so I make sure I have a good moisture base on under it. I diffuse and then scrunch it and massage the roots for some volume. I know my hair would not work well with only a conditioner. There would be no hold and I would likely get frizz or a waxy coating if I used too much. If you really only want super minimal then I would look for a creamy styling product so you are basically getting oils and moisturizers paired with some hold ingredients as well. Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain styling milk and also their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion are 2 I have and recommend. I have only been CG since March but I have a kept a journal and cocktail my products differently and keep track as to what produced good or bad hair days and that has been super helpful! I also returned products that were misses whenever possible so I could re-invest that money into finding what does work. Hope that helps!
Fantastic! Thanks so much - it's great to have a definitive routine laid out for meSo, just to recap, is this the order in which I should apply the products?Kinky Curly Knot Today,SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil [mist unavailable in my area],DevaCurl Styling Cream,SheaMoisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk.
also one more question, what's your routine for 2nd / 3rd day hair?Thanks again. 
I would try a mousse,leave in conditioner, or gel to add definition and calm down the volume a bit (unless you like  volume then maybe just a defining styling cream )
Here's a quick update after KatCurl's sage advice.Today I wet my hair by pushing water from my cupped hands up into my hair.  I then applied a small amount of SheaMoisture Restorative Conditioner and a teeny-tiny blob of coconut oil [I had to improvise here as I don't have the products KatCurl mentioned!].I let that air dry for about 10 - 15 minutes and then applied Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk to the ends ONLY.  My hair hasn't taken well to this product in the past but today it seemed to like it.  I let my hair dry naturally on my way to work.Needless to say, with the Irish weather, I got blown to bits and by the time I got to work  I thought my hair would be awful BUT with a quick spritz of OGX Moroccan sea-salt spray the curls look slightly less frizzy than usual.  It's an improvement but still have some way to go to getting those 'perfect' curls!I've made a note of this routine and will follow it again over the coming days.  If I make a change to it I'll write that in my hair diary too and see what happens!Thanks again for all the great advice.  I really was losing my mind with my curls!