I want to change my hair care routine, but where do I start?!

I'm new here. I'm pretty sure I have 2aMii hair - normal thickness, wavy, prone to frizz, just past my shoulders. In the last couple of weeks I discovered the whole 'don't use sulfates, etc' thing. So I want to switch to a shampoo (or low poo) and conditioner that is good for my hair. But there are so many products, I don't even know where to start!Does anyone else have similar hair to mine; what products do you use?Do I have to clarify first? If so, what do you use?Thank you so much for your help!!!

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I've got 2a hair too! There's definitely not enough 2a's on Naturally Curly =) I changed my hair routine this year so I know it's overwhelming. First off, you may not need to clarify per say, but definitely wash your hair one last time with a sulfate shampoo to get any product buildup out of your hair. I started co washing, washing with only conditioner and I really liked that. At the beginning I did need to use a clarifying shampoo (Suave) once a week to get rid of dead skin and buildup but now my hair and scalp are used to co washing so I don't need to. You don't have to use a "cleansing conditioner" like Wen or Hair One to wash your hair because nearly all conditioners contain cleansers. You could use VO5 or Suave conditioners (I believe it's the Naturals line, which is usually the cheapest no-frills stuff), as long as they don't have water insoluble silicones which weigh down hair. My favorite conditioners to use are Garnier Fructis Pure Clean and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, and you can find these anywhere. Basically you saturate your hair with conditioner to wash it. As I rinse out the conditioner I detangle my hair with a wide tooth shower comb. After the shower I put all my styling products in (leave in conditioner, , Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel, Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Moroccan Argan oil) and wait for my hair to dry about 60-75% of the way. Then I flip my head over and gather my hair up by kind of scrunching it up on top of my head and put on a satin cap and then I go to sleep. In the morning I will put a little more Moroccan Argan oil in my hair and sometimes I'll also use Aussie sprunch spray for a little more hold. This seems to give me some good curl definition. I get loose slinky-like spirals. I know this is a lot of info but hopefully it helps =)