Aug 13, 2011 - This product does take a while to dry. I'll do my hair at 6am and after work (5 pm) there are still damp patches. It also makes my hair crunchy. I hate the shrinkage too. I'll play with my hair and pull on it and it will extend 3 times the length of what it is with this product. HOWEVER, i haven't found anything better on the market. the curl definition is great. I see shine and so many cute curls when I use it. i guess what you are trying to achieve is key when giving an opinion about this product. i care more about curl definition than softness. the dampness is a bother, but not enough to leave the product alone.