Do deep treatments:
an EVOO and honey and conditioner DT
Clay hair mask (clay, honey and/or yogurt oil, water or coconut milk)
Nourishing butters on my wet ends before applying styler (commercial ones like Seyani or Qhemet or Jane Carter, or you can use shealoe)
Oil rinses (slather oil on shampooed wet hair, rinse thoroughly, condition and rinse again)
Baggying (on dry hair): Spray ends with water mixed with a drop of glycerin, honey and aloe vera. Then I slather Afro Detangler on ends (it's a butter lotion). You can use shealoe butter or other light butters, or glycerin and honey and water. Then rub your favorite oil on the ends, and seal in a baggy.
Leave a lot of conditioner in your hair--
The products I'm using also help hair retain moisture;
I wash only with conditoner or with Chagrin Valley superfatted soaps
Detangle/rinse out condition with Mop Top Daily conditoner, or John Masters, or MOP Mixed Greens or Robert Craig. I can leave any of these in as well, and I do. I'll rinse out 1/2 of it or close to scalp to complete the cleansing then smooth more in, smooth it into my hair in clumps.
Leave-ins that I use only for that purpose: Alba Botanical, Knot Today
, MOP Leave-in. They help moisturize and define texture.
And the gels that I use to hold the texture are mostly aloe-vera based (Theraneem, Georges, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic)
I'm doing more protective styling (always at night, couple of times a week). But I do like to wear my hair out.