I Need Help. I need advice how to care for my natural hair.

This is my second time going natural because of some bad hair advice I got the first time (people told me not to use water to moisture my hair!) So here I am, a second time, doing this all over again. I don't know what my hair type is, it's not that really important to me. I just want to know how I can wear it in its natural state without using heat, or anything related to it. I started transitioning again in August, but I got really frustrated with my hair. So, I cut off the straight ends and put it in braids. Now that it is growing I don't know what to do with it. So I put it back in braids. It's an Afro and it's frustrating because I don't want it to break off as bad as it did last time. My hair stylist tells me it's going to stay in an Afro because that's how our hair grows and the only way to get it like I want is to blow dry my curls and do twist outs. I don't want to believe it. I want to wear my hair like it is, but it's two texture and thick and I don't really know what I am doing. Is she right? I really need help!Here are some pictures, if it helps. The first one is the most recent (3/14) and the last two are pictures of my hair while I was transitioning. Thank you. 

2 Answers

Your hair texture looks to be similar to mine. I've been natural for two years. This is my hair regimen- I wash once a week with SheaMoisture raw shea butter shampoo, use Tresemme Naturals conditioner to detangle, then deep condition. I Like ORS Hair Mayo and most SheaMoisture  deep conditioners. I cover my hair with a plastic cap then a beanie and let it sit for 30 min- an hour. I rinse it then put a water based leave in, seall with a mixture of castor, coconut and olive oils, then put a homemade shea butter/aloe Vera gel mixture. My hair stays moisturized for 3 days but I usually moisturize and seal ends every other day. I also wear my hair in a bun most days. My profile pic is from almost two years ago so I included a recent pic showing my length now. Hope it helps
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