well i just use eco styler gel throughout my hair sometimes, olive oil, and sometimes hawaiian silky. I wash my hair once a week and may rinse it once in between to rinse out build up. i try to sleep with my satin bonnet. But sometimes I don't take care of it lie i should to retain length. I know it grows because i can already see a lot of new growth and i just colored it two months ago. I just never retain it plus it's super dry now