Hey everyone!!

I'm new to the whole growing out my hair. My mom has been transitioning since last August and just recently big chopped her hair. I promised her I would grow my hair out along with her so she wouldn't go through the dramatic process alone. So I'm about 7 months. September will be a year for me.

I have 3c/4a textured hair..Its very tightly coiled and thick. I was wondering what you all would suggest I do to maybe loosen my curls, and get my hair much softer?