I don't even know where to start! Sending out an SOS! :(

After 23 years, I've finally decided to take an interest in taking care of my curls. I've worn it curly for 10 years but never stuck to a curl-specific regimen at all. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a product line that works well? I've done so much research and read so many reviews, and I can't find an actual stylist or salesperson who doesn't just say "why don't you straighten it?"I want shiny curls. Mine are so dry and frizzy. The back of my hair is less curly in the front, so I'm not even sure what "type" to identify as.I've found I'm more fond of styling foams rather than creams or gels, because I hate that sticky/tacky feeling.Here's where I'm at right now: starting to do a condition-only with DevaCurl One Condition, and I am still styling with Kerastase Boucles d'Arts.At this point I still wash my hair every day, and I know I shouldn't. It's just so oily in the mornings! How long did it take you to notice a difference in your curls?I guess my real question is this: should I invest in a whole line of DevaCurl products - the OneCondition, the Leave-in Conditioner, the styling foam, the hair mist, etc etc etc? I'd really like to stick to just one product line (or does that even matter at all??) Basically, any advice would be wonderful. I'd really appreciate it!

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I don't stick to a specific product line...and unfortunately only time and testing will tell you what works.  Over time I've learned that my hair loves sweet almond oil and cocoa butter, so I tend to look for shampoos/conditioners that involve those ingredients.A lot of people find the shea moisture line to be a good option when they're first starting to figure all this out--it's not terribly expensive and it's cg friendly, and incredibly moisturizing :)I know it's hard at first to get past washing your hair every day, but it's worth it in the end.  It did take about two weeks for my scalp to adjust and stop being so oily because it was used to be cleaned with a detergent shampoo every day.  Maybe next weekend don't wash your hair on Saturday (and Sunday if you can stand it!) and just wear your hair up and then try washing with a sulfate-free shampoo or silicone-free conditioner. Then start conditioner washing most days and shampoo when you feel necessary.Hope that helps!
Many of us start out with Deva, think we like it and then move on to things we like a lot better. The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties and not curl type (it's transient depending on product, technique, dewpoint, etc.) Here's a link to help you with yours http://livecurlylivefree.com/curly-hair-basics/ Once you determine your properties, go on curl talk and look for others with similar hair. See what they use and do. It's the best way to start.