Some products I've used are alright /: and some are just a big NO NO for me.. My favorite products might not be your favorite products. The ones that work for me, may not work for you. Juuusssttt to let ya' know :)
I discovered Aussie Hairspray about... umm... 6 months ago (I'm guessing). It has saved me a lot of frustration when I curl my hair or need a hairdo to REALLY stand still! Aussie is NO JOKE :) When they say instant freeze, it freezes! I have tried TRESemme hairspray but for some odd reason, they started to do something different in the ingredients and it was never the same. It used to hold my hair soooo good.. And now it doesn't!!!! :/ Sooo... I present: Aussie Instant Freeze, A girl's best friend ;)
Next is shampoo and conditioner! I am always switching out between Garnier Fructis for Damaged Hair and TRESemme for damaged hair (and occasionally, my mom will buy other brands but these are the main ones.) I start to apply the conditioner from the nape of my neck and down. These conditioners work so well on my hair!! Especially when my hair needs a MAJJOOORRR cleaning from all the hairspray (my hair gets pretty dry and brittle if I curl it/use too much hairspray.)
Now, when it comes to bobby pins... You want a good quality or else they won't last. They will usually be thick, strong, and definitely won't bend easily. :) (Sallys Beauty Supply has some of the best bobby pins)
Are you trying to find some rreeaalllyyy good hot sticks/hot rollers for your curls??? Conair is definitely THEE BEST! There are two different curling styles.. Hot Sticks and Hot Rollers.. Right now, I'm hooked on the rollers :) and when you wrap your hair for these, you have to wrap downward (I'll show you soon.)
I also use a 1 inch-thick curling iron (Conair) every so often. The only thing is, my hair NEVER stays with JUST using a curling iron. I have to use my Dad's La Bella Styling Gel (#10) along with it. :/ It isn't very good to curl your hair when you have gel on it and heat is applied (over metal!) but that is why I don't do it very often!!!! It does give you perfect (almost fake) curls :) I do this for my curly buns. I'll have to take pictures of the hairstyle. Soon.
Well, I hope this has helped!!! Let me know what other products y'all use! :) and if you girls like the ones I've posted.