I am going off to college this Sunday and I have a problem

I have been natural for two years, but hid the growth in braids, so now that that my braids are out my hair is a nice length, but extreme dry in a Afro puff and when I wash it it's shrinks. My family always put me down telling me to get perm and insulting my choice my telling me little sister never to go natural like I am. I know the problem is because my hair is dry, but I don't really know how to solve it... Please help
Originally Posted by kimberly.law
Could you give us any more information? What products are you using? It just seems like your hair needs moisture.
Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
Curly since '09