I use Smooth N Shine's Curl Activator Gel (I water it down A bit) when I wear a ponytail. I tried it wearing my hair down and it came out very nicely in addition with the Smooth N Shine Mousse (there are two kinds...not the curl one...it has alcohol). With the mousse, the hair is more bouncy and the curls are more elongated. However, with the gel alone it's more shiny. I don't wear my hair down often so, I guess you can experiment with the products.