Dusalocks I only apply water to 2nd day etc hair. I dont apply more gel. I use a spray bottle and use just enough water to allow me to be able to shake my 4a curls to revive them. Maybe I use no more than 4 tbsp worth of water. I myself don't mind going out with wet hair regardless of weather. Anyhow I get in my car and my 45-60 minute ride with heat on (if cold) helps dry hair. But if you have longer hair and/or type 3 and below, it may behave differently. Not sure though