Stubborn New Growth

UGH!!! my new growth are frustrating ,although I love my new fresh baby curls when I apply product such as, coconut oil, any conditioners shew butter it stills look dry and leaves a white residue now I just read that you should directly apply any product on your new growth but I'm confused how am I suppose to keep them moisturized??? How so I keep them from looking so dry? The only time I haven't seen then look dry is when I apply Olive almond oil or Eco stlyer curling gel ,but the I really don't like using the gel because yes it defines my curls but it dries my hair out..... so what product should I use for my new found curls?