maybe it'll help you to keep a 'hair journal'. if you write down what you do, and how your hair turns out, it'll help you remember what made it look good and what didn't. i find simplifying my routine, and starting over 'fresh' and only trying one thing for a while helps. if you do pull your hair up/braid it, it isn't going to keep your curl pattern from returning. i do find braiding the hair when damp does help with making some waves. i feel like if you logged everything you do to your hair, it'll be easier for sorting (and maybe act as an inhibitor on how many things you do try).