I have seen far too many times when a client sits in my chair and I ask "what do you have on your hair?" And the client lists off a ton of products. Honestly, using a ton of products at once is the quickest why to 1) become a product junkie and 2) to have to unnecessarily purchase more products on a regular basis. Not to mention, you can clog your hair pores and slow down hair growth, and who wants that? If your hair takes more than an overnight sleep to dry, you, my dear curlfriend, are using way too much product.
Some of my clients with the healthiest hair, including me personally, stick with the basics when it comes to product. A great shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, oil (and/or heat protectant if you are using heat) and the styling product of your choice. Know when to say when and insure you can leave the house in the morning with a dry and beautiful style!
A good guideline to keep in mind when using styling products. You can always add more product as needed. But it is best to start with a little product and add more than to over saturate your hair in the beginning and have to rinse some out and waste product and money.
Fine/limp hair - a dime size per quadrant of product should be fine. Your type hair gets weighed down very easily so go gentle on the product application. Apply the product starting from your ends and work your way up.
Medium density hair - a quarter size per quardrant. Your hair type is a little fuller than its fine/limp hair counterpart so more product will be needed to secure your style.
Course - a half dollar size per quadrant will be needed. Also start from the ends and work your way up. Typically this is the driest of all densities because the scalp does not produce enough oils to cover all of the hair.