I have two boys under 4 that are half black half Puerto Rican so their curls are tight! If i don't do the whole spritzing and oiling every morning i might as well cut their hair off because it doesn't look good at all. Everyone compliments their hair, how curly and shiny it is and i love it too. I don't think they could get away without at least a little water to bring their curls back to life in my experience.