I always dry my hair a bit before using Re:coil--like three floursack towels worth with Denham brushing between switching towels, so that I get most of the "wet" out. Then I use the leave-in and Re:coil. Some of my best curl days and longest-lasting (I think I once went to 5th day hair looking good) was with Re:coil. My only quibble is I find it drying....so I don't use it all the time. I save it up for, "Okay, I gotta have good curls today"days.