Dehydrated or just her hair type [which i'm not what it is]

I wash my daughter's hair 7-10 days a week and use plenty of conditioner and moisturizing products in her hair... She has beautiful curls [almost defined coils] when wet but once dry, it gets frizzy and loses curl definition... Still beautiful and I don't mind as she rocks it beautifully! Wondering if this would be considered dehydrated... [this is a picture of the day after her hair wash]... her hair is actually well past mid back... I also would like to know her hair type which varies when wet and dry... [first two pics of her hair day after wash, 3rd pic is length of hair, last photo is of her hair right after washed]

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Yes, what gorgeous curls she has!Just by looking, her hair looks to be type 3C (maybe she also has some 4A).Her hair may "look" like what we think it would look like dehydrated, but the better question is, does it feel dehydrated? Does it feel dry and brittle or does it still feel soft/moisturized when it loses definition/when its done drying? I ask because I think you're right that its just her hair type (as it is with a lot of curly hair types) that it shows a lot more curl definition and length when wet and then shrinks into an afro-like look when dry. If it still feels moisturized to the touch, then her hair is still hydrated and healthy :)Also, are you moisturizing only after each wash? If so, I would recommend moisturizing at least once or twice more in between washes. You could spritz her hair just to dampen it, and then follow your usual moisturizing routine. If her hair still seems dry, watch out for silicones, mineral oil, proteins and the kinds of alcohols (not fatty alcohols) that could be hiding in your conditioners and moisturizers and drying out her hair.If you want to see it hold a little more definition when it dries, you will have to use products with some more hold, like gels and curl cremes and smooth, rake or shingle these products into small sections of hair. Using these products and then two-strand twisting or braiding sections of hair, leaving them to dry (maybe over night or for a day--however long it takes) then taking them out (separate some but don't comb through) will give a different kind of look of "curl definition" and will also help show more of her length if you like. If you like the look of the braids or twists, you can leave them in longer. The longer you leave them in the more her hair will lay down "flatter" or have less volume when you take it out.I hope that helps