The less you manipulate your hair (combing, styling, touching aka HIFD hand in fro disease), the more healthier your hair is going to be.
The less products you use the better. You do not, I repeat, do not need 25 different products to use on your hair. I KISS (keep it simple stupid, no I am not calling you stupid lol) I use 10 drops of Dr. Bronner's castile soap diluted with a half cup of water to shampoo my hair maybe once a month, and use any conditioner I have on hand to condition with. Then there are about 4 products that I use on my hair:
styling: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel with naturals for shine and light hold
World of Curls curl activator gel
both of these products are also moisturizers. I do not use a product just for shine or just for hold. All of my products have multiple purposes and therefore I cut down on the amount of products I use. Mmm Hmmm...
For daily moisture I use products that are water based. Water is very very important ingredient not only in our internal diets but also for our hair as well. Nothing can live without water, including our hair. Some lucky people can get by with just a water spritz everyday. I am not that lucky. So I use Greg Juice by Oyinhandmade
and I also use World of Curl Comb Out Spray. EDITED JUNE 2010- I no longer use this formula of the comb out spray, I now use the regular formula.
and StaySof Fro by Softsheen and Carson.
At the most I might use 2 of the products at one time, but never 3 spritzes at once. It's just overkill. And the only reason why I might use 2 is because sometimes Greg juice is the bomb moisturizer, but it doesn't really do nothing as far as shine is concern, so I do a spritz or two of World of Curl's spray to give it a light gloss. The World of curls comb out spray has lanolin in it and the lanolin is what gives my hair some shine :)