Awww what a cute baby pic.....your hair looked great after the carmel treatment but I didn't see any pics of your natural hair texture.
Your hair may be dry because you need to clarify....Cream of nature products leave a film on the hair that can lead to buildup. If there is buildup on the hair no matter what moisturizing product you apply the hair won't absorb it. I love Kenra Clarifying poo to clarify because they have natural/gentle products.
Here r my product suggestions:
Shampoo- Kenra Moisturizing shampoo
Conditioner- Kenra MC
Giovani Direct leave-in
Traders Joes Nourishing conditioner
Neutrogena silk touch
Btw there are many ladies here including myself that use the homemade carmel treatment as a weekly light/medium treatment.....you can airdry after using this treatment you don't have to always straighten the hair. This is what I use to soften my hair.
Also what should I use if I want to do the curly look with twist outs or braid outs with my type of hair? I saw someone on youtube melt raw shae butter and mix it with aloe vera gel.
I used whipped shea butter when I twisted my hair with great sucess...I haven't tried shealoe but it is a favorite with many naturals.
This is defintely the time to become a mini product junkie and find what works for you and learn about what ingredients your hair responds to.
To begin building a regime you need to start with the following basic things:
Light/medium protein conditioner
Heavy duty protein conditioner
Good luck with your natural adventure HTH