This was a WnG that I used coconut oil to slick my hair back with (not my favorite oil to use solo). I think I also used aloe vera gel, but not sure which brand. I wanted the "poof" so I didn't use heavy creams, butters or gels. I held it back with a Goody Ouchless Ponytail Holder. My hair was mostly dry so I can only put it around my hair once (no twisting). HTH
Now-a-days I use a stretched out headband to secure my hair.